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Commentary: It’s Past Time to Talk and Write Much Better About Gender-Based Violence

"Achieving a violence free Minnesota demands that we explicitly name domestic violence when and where it occurs, and that it remains a matter of community action before, during, and after tragedies like these—not just when first responders are killed in their attempts to assist."

Discovering an Obscure Black Underground Railroad Leader in Minnesota

Saint Paul may have been a more important stop on the Underground Railroad than previously thought.

Factory Farms Growing, at Taxpayer and Climate Expense — Minnesota Bucking Some National Trends

Corporate factory farms are continuing to expand into rural communities — taking over family farm spaces — while intensifying climate change issues and benefitting from taxpayer-funded subsidies.

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Solving Child Care Needs, Especially in Greater Minnesota

The separation in our policy between care and education is really a false dichotomy.

Ecolution SERIES: Diving Deep Into Minnesota Waters (Part 1)

As our Changemakers Alliance (CALL) newsletter reported in May, we visited Lewiston in southeastern Minnesota for a town hall forum about the water quality issues there. In this deep dive story, we will offer details about statewide water quality issues — such as runoff from agriculture and cancerous toxicity dangers. The next installment will include advocacy updates from local advocates working on solutions.

Deep Dive: Filling Gaps in Public Safety 

The most prevalent issues in community safety include domestic violence, as well as lack of options for treating mental health crises and addictions. This is a deep look at how Minnesota families and neighborhoods are impacted by these often-overlooked issues of public safety, and how Minnesotans can address these issues in a more comprehensive way than what policing is able to handle due to lack of personnel, attention, or training.

Perspectives from the Anti-Authoritarianism 22nd Century Congress

The recent global 22nd Century Congress conference held in Minneapolis featured many days of conversations about how to address authoritarianism and co-create a more democratic system that supports a pluralistic society. Here are a few highlights from the conversations.

Source to Sea, Safely

In 2024, Devin A. Brown plans to become the first Black woman to kayak the entire length of the Mississippi River. She’s not doing it alone.

Fly-Fishing Opened My Eyes

I learned that the better one understands the cycles of the stream, the easier it is to catch fish.

Healing With the Land

Gabby Menomin is part of a team working to resurrect an underground creek in Saint Paul for the well-being of the community and the land.

Walking for the Water

GitchiGami is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It is worth a walk around its 2,726–mile shoreline to speak to the water spirits.

On Morality, Transformation, and Vulnerability: A Talk by the Publisher

Historical perspectives about transformative justice, philosophy about human evolution, and stories from the Changemakers Alliance visits to statewide communities for the "Hometown Values & Vision" series.

The Value of Sharing Neighborhood Stories in Duluth

People in the Hillside feel a great sense of pride, vibrancy, and beauty, while at the same time they recognize significant challenges, dangers, and concerns.

A Touch of Klass

If I can help even one child silence that negative voice of limitation, this initiative will be worth it.

Cake Therapy: Baking the Way to Change

When you get into the rhythm of baking and creating cake designs, it takes you out of your mind and into the silence of a safe space.