Dozens of water protectors with the movement to stop Line 3 interrupted the installation of Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s new dean featuring keynote speaker Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Others in attendance included Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan and state Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig. During Ellison’s speech, the activists confronted the Attorney General about the Line 3 tar sands pipeline and his silence on the matter. While inside the auditorium, m
The first time Jay caught my eye was in June of 2020. He was paces away from where George Floyd had died. He was dressed in full denim and wore a brown gardening hat with a flower attached to the brim. His 6’9” figure and calming presence seemed to captivate a small audience as he purposefully lowered himself to sit next to a little boy who had noise cancelling headphones covering his ears. The two sat close on the pavement as their eyes bounced from the flowers on the gro
A federal grand jury found the four former Minneapolis police officers violated George Floyd’s constitutional rights. As a result the four former officers have been indicted. This comes less than a week after Derek Chauvin’s attorney filed for a new trial after a photo of one of the jurors surfaced of him wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt. The grand jury indictment says Chauvin used “unreasonable seizure, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force
Less-lethal weapons have been used for crowd control by the police for decades, but only recently has medical documentation of injury emerged. “If we look back at historic protests, black people always had injuries. Violence has been used to silence calls for justice. Bio medical research overtime has become more cognizant of, broadly speaking, classifying police brutality as a public health risk.” Spoken by Dr. Brooke Cunningham, a University of Minnesota medical specialist.
Though the nature of gig work is ephemeral, it has become a way of life for 59 million Americans, or roughly 36% of the workforce. Freelancing offers myriad benefits, including flexible schedules, independence, and the freedom to turn down undesirable work. But those advantages are tradeoffs for a lack of security. During times of uncertainty, like the pandemic-induced economic downturn, business can be challenging in unexpected ways. That was the case for Leandra Weekes,
The pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another, but its impacts have been especially brutal for Black businesses. An October Main Street Alliance/Color of Change poll showed that just 40% of Black business owners expected to keep their doors open in the next six months, compared to 55% of white respondents. In the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Black businesses were denied funding more frequently than other minority-owned businesses. And thi