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Mar 31st


Growing push to stop payday loan debt trap

Growing push to stop payday loan debt trapIn recent weeks a consistent drum beat against predatory lending's small dollar loans has reached regulators and legislators alike. Broad consensus on the real-life harms caused by these lending products has united consumers in all 50 states and forged an unprecedented call of concern linking 467 organizations including civil rights leaders, clergy, labor, veterans, elder and consumer advocates.

Fed Chair addresses income inequality

Fed Chair addresses income inequality"The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me... I think it is appropriate to ask whether this trend is compatible with values rooted in our nation's history, among them the high value Americans have traditionally placed on equality of opportunity."

Blacks, not Hispanics, key to election victory

Blacks, not Hispanics, key to election victory
Although Latinos are growing at a faster rate than any other ethnic group in the United States, they will have less of an impact on whether Democrats retain control of the Senate than African Americans, according to a study of Census data by the Pew Research Center.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote No on Question 1 on Minneapolis Ballot

To supporters of Question 1 on the Minneapolis Ballot: I understand the notion of streamlining the voting process and eliminating frivolous candidates. I also understand that the measure provides two options for ballot access. But this proposition logic presupposes race and class equity. This is not the case, when 2/3 of all minorities in Minneapolis live below the poverty line: $11k for individuals and $22k for families of 4.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ethics charges appalling and insulting

On October 22, 2014, I attended the Ethical Inquiry Hearing for Senator Jeff Hayden and it really disturbed my soul. To know that I reside in a city, in the great state of Minnesota, and in the United States of America, where we would have a person addressing allegations printed in a newspaper with no other corroborating evidence, is appalling and insulting to rules of evidence and to the due process provided all citizens of this great nation, elected or not. Coming from a law enforcement background, as an investigator, I am so disappointed that our rules of evidence have been insulted in such a manner.

Closer to the finish line

Closer to the finish lineWith opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination. For the first time in 13 years, the Department now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. It prohibits schools and school districts from discriminating in their allocation of courses, academic programs and extracurricular activities, teachers and leaders, other school personnel, school facilities, and technology and instructional materials, and offers steps to level the playing field. This is some of the unfinished business of the Civil Rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color, currently taught at higher rates by inexperienced, unqualified, or out of field teachers and provided far fewer resources than their wealthier peers. Our responsibility now is to ensure that children left behind truly benefit from these protections.

The source of HBCU and TCU success

The source of HBCU and TCU successNobody asked me, but I am extremely happy about a conference that took place Oct. 9 at Neighborhood House in St. Paul.

I am happy about who attended. I am happy about what we learned. And, I am happy that the Twin Cities educational community now has a shining example to follow.
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