The Family Place (244 E.10th St., Saint Paul), the only day shelter for homeless families in Ramsey County, is finally getting into gear their long-awaited Montessori program, all thanks to the generosity of 10-year-old Bella Lauer.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:31
F. Clayton Tyler and Karen Mohrlant
Most people are aware that, in certain circumstances, the police must inform you: "You have the right to remain silent." What too many people do not understand is that you have this right, whether the officer tells you about it or not. As a result, in too many criminal cases, the defendant's own words become the key to his conviction. In our practice we have seen too many cases in which the evidence we believe clenched a guilty verdict came from the defendant's own words in statements to the police, text messages, or jail phone calls.
Housing segregation played role in Ferguson tragedy
Monday, 27 October 2014 09:59
Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo. Darren Wilson, a White police officer, was as much as the product a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between Blacks and police, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Nearly 100 people gathered in north Minneapolis to rally against police brutality.
The protest that brought out a diverse group of citizens was a part of the National Day Against Police Brutality. Along with activities in the Twin Cities, protest and rallies were held in more than 90 other cities throughout the nation. The national coming together was spawned by the rash of deaths of people – most African-Americans – at the hands of police officers. In particular the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. has ignited outrage among citizens. Brown was gunned down by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. Brown was unarmed when he was killed and witnesses say he was surrendering when he was struck with the fatal bullet. It total, Brown was shot six times by Wilson.
The elephant in the room, or, is this a scene from '12 Years a Slave?': Republicans relentless in attack on Senator Jeff Hayden
Monday, 27 October 2014 09:18
Analysis and Commentary By Al McFarlane, Editor-in-Chief
Most of us don't get to the Capitol to witness the inner workings of our government.
When we do, most of the time, the experience is enlightening, encouraging and uplifting. We leave with a sense that justice prevails, that decency continues to emerge and that truth – even when crushed to the ground – eventually will rise and that freedom will reign.
StarTribune reports inaccurate: League exceeds MNsure goals
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:50
Scott Gray, MUL President/CEO
Over the past few months, I've been thoroughly disappointed in the political and one-sided reporting regarding organizations serving our community. Specifically, the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) was mentioned in an October Star Tribune article regarding our participation in a MNsure grant. The story written by Star Tribune reporter Tony. Kennedy as it related to MUL is untrue and lacking in details – details I personally shared with Mr. Kennedy.