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OutFront Minnesota launches new strategic plan in the movement for LGBTQ equality

OutFront Minnesota launches new strategic plan in the movement for LGBTQ equalityIn the past two years, Minnesota has passed legislation for marriage equality and safe schools.

While advocates say these are huge milestones on the road to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, OutFront Minnesota, a leading LGBTQ organization, says there's still work to be done.
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Flowers: Once they attacked, I felt every blow

Flowers: Once they attacked, I felt every blowCommunity organizer Al Flowers says he was beaten unconscious on July 26 by Minneapolis police as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant at his home for his teenage daughter. Flowers said the assault started when he asked to see the arrest warrant.
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Bomba De Luz rocks out Live on the Drive!

Bomba De Luz rocks out Live on the Drive!The annual Northside summer concert series, Live on the Drive, finishes its seventh year with the up and coming Bomba De Luz on Thursday, August 14th, from 6 to 8pm. This will be the final of three concerts held outdoors this summer on the scenic Victory Memorial Drive at 34th Avenue North in Minneapolis, one of the most beautiful concert settings in the city.
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Miguel Ramos: Minnesota Twins executive to chair Green Card Voices board

Miguel Ramos: Minnesota Twins executive to chair Green Card Voices boardMiguel Ramos has signed on as board chairman for Green Card Voices, a young 501(c)3 that facilitates understanding between immigrant and non-immigrant communities through digital storytelling.
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Shem Mustafa Shakir dies, 72

Shem Mustafa Shakir dies, 72"Swing low ... sweet chariot ... coming for to carry me home..."

Shem M. Shakir, age 72, died Wednesday, July 9, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
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FIRES OF THE 60'S VS THE DEITY OF DADDY PART VIII: Paying the price for fatherhood

FIRES OF THE 60'S VS THE DEITY OF DADDY PART VIII: Paying the price for fatherhoodWhat my "burn baby burn" generation did not understand was that "fatherhood" is expensive, but real fatherhood costs absolutely everything.

And Daddy paid the price.
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My Brother's Keeper's 'Oppression Olympics'

My Brother's Keeper's 'Oppression Olympics'PERSPECTIVE

Generally, as one of the youngest persons in the room in a culture that respects the gravitas of age, I am honored when provided the floor to speak. So, for an African American woman who grew up in one of the most dangerous communities on the south side of Chicago, to have earned a Ph. D, authored two books, edited one, managed two political campaigns, maintained a tenure-track teaching position, organized faith-based community action work, and now pastoring a local congregation while pursing a fourth degree, all before turning 36, I was satisfied in this conversation with just knowing I am signee #523. And yes, auto correct thought my first name was more accurately ended in "ie" rather than 'y,' and even changed my "signature" there.
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Michael Walker heads Minneapolis Public Schools Black Male Student Achievement initiative

Michael Walker heads Minneapolis Public Schools Black Male Student Achievement initiativeDr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), has selected Michael Walker as the director of the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, effective July 28.
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Exhibit celebrates Tuskegee airmen

Exhibit celebrates Tuskegee airmenTo celebrate 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation (MnDOT) Aeronautics division and their African American Employee Resource Group honored surviving Minnesota Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Dr. Harold Brown and the rest of the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron.
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Green Line illuminates Rondo story

Green Line illuminates Rondo storyAfter its first month of service, Metro Transit's new Green Line light rail line is exceeding ridership expectations – and opening new learning opportunities for its passengers.
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Fires of the 60s vs the deity of daddy part VII: Matthew Little's primary motivation was love of wife and children

Fires of the 60s vs the deity of daddy part VII: Matthew Little's primary motivation was love of wife and childrenAt my father's memorial, his obituary stated that he had five children.

My father had six. His first-born son was Arthur, named after his father.
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