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According to the Sentencing Project, seven U.S. states are maintaining a Black/white disparity larger than 9 to 1: California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. When comparing the prisons of today to the prisons of centuries ago, little has changed–at least in regards to racial demographics. As early as the 1800s, Black inmates are recorded as the dominant to occupy American prisons to date. U.S. penitentiaries blew up post American Civil War, as...

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A legal claim against the national video and audio company, Encore, was announced November 30th, after Jeffrey Thornton was denied the job because of his hair. Jeffrey Thornton says he was denied a job with the company located in San Diego after refusing to cut his locs. Thornton claims to have worked for the company at its Florida location, but was furloughed due to COVID-19 before receiving an invite to contact the company about other...

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What is equity without the voices of those being served? Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, board members, and other stakeholders rejected data from Twin Cities youth advocate, Khalique Rogers… ​​Why? Khalique Rogers, 25, has an impactful story. One that many young people who’ve grown through financial hardship or lack of resources can relate to. He was fortunate to turn his life around through mentorship, community support, and primarily at the hand of opportunity. Homelessness was...

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How did the demographic of today’s farmers become over 90% white? The stereotyped, rootless connection between Black communities and farming we see common today, is it real? Similarly to yoga, a practice which overtime has also become white-led in America today, farming, too, is a deeply rooted practice within POC ancestry that was not redirecting costs back to its oppressors; and in turn, was removed through systemic, colonizing, and capitalist processes–not only from the lives...

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A week after the murder of George Floyd, a young man, 29, by the name of, Jaleel Stallings, was shot at by the police out of a non-police vehicle. Assuming it was another civilian, he shot back with a gun he had a legal right to carry. It was later conveyed in mainstream media, Stallings’ accusations of attempted murder and resisting. Though amidst release of the surveillance cam footage, it is clear in the video...

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A week of civil disobedience by water protectors from around the country culminated in numerous arrests in front of the U.S. Capitol this morning. The arrests add to the tally from previous days, in which the water protectors occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs, scaled flag poles in front of the US Army Corp of Engineers headquarters, and conducted daily demonstrations in front of the White House. The protesters condemned the building of pipelines across the country,...

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#RepresentMe has become a popular hashtag centered around the conversation of Blackness portrayed through mainstream media in America. Many people have come forward expressing their frustrations of feeling poorly represented, and how that negatively impacts their day to day lives economically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. When will Black America’s story truly be told? In a survey, 91% of 1400 Americans between the ages of 18 and 54 regularly engaged with pop culture mentioned they believe...

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“Nonstandard Negro English”, is what ebonics used to be called before 1973, when a group of Black scholars attempted to remove the negative connotation that came with the way Black people verbally expressed themselves. Ebonics is the term that reclaimed the expression and set the tone for those that were often scrutinized and degraded for this use of language. Ebonics, being a cultural thing, is like any other indigenous language. A connector tool used in...

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Each summer Tent encampments fill unoccupied areas in the Twin Cities. Each winter we see the people in those encampments endure displacement yet again. Year after year, we, us, our community, we are stuck in this cycle together until we find a solution. Minneapolis’ cost of living is well above the national average, requiring at least $55,476 annually to live comfortably. Yet, the average annual income for a Black family in Minnesota is 38,178, as...

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Anyone with a heart would hope a missing person would be found and brought back to their loved ones. Even the thought of a loved one being there one moment and gone the next is a fearstrucken reality lived by many, lingering in the minds of protectors such as guardians, partners, even friends. And unfortunately, the fear comes from the fact that not everyone is fortunate to see their missing loved one come back. Alive...

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