LEGACY: Darlene Jackson is the “Woman Who Helps”

She is currently preparing to lead a sensitivity training to teach law enforcement officers about Native American practices. “One of the hardest things to do is to walk across the room and to shake that person’s hand who doesn’t like you because you’re Indian,” Jackson said.

Deep Dive: “Let’s Talk About Black Women and Mental Health”

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"Unless we start to imagine what we want, we will continue to live out the nightmare that someone else imagined for us. I think of all the brilliance in this room, and all the brilliance next to me, and the way that folks are reimagining what could be.”

What Are Hometown Values?

The people we talked with for this issue are strong examples of neighbors living out values in communion with others.

What the Crow Wing County Jail Needs in Order to Reduce Crime

Said one staff member at the jail, “I have had clients tell me, ‘You can send me to chemical dependency treatment all you want, and they’re going to teach me how to identify my triggers and some coping skills, but the reasons I’m using are not being addressed.’”

The Motivations Behind a Campaign: Rachel Bohman and Jen Schultz

Both Rachel Bohman of Rochester (District 1) and Jen Schultz of Duluth (District 8) are attempting to unseat anti-choice incumbents in the 2024 U.S.Congressional elections in Minnesota.

Board Members Explain Why They Work With a Domestic Violence Shelter

"I didn’t actually realize domestic violence was going on in our own community. I started asking questions and realizing how many people are affected."

Challenges and Joys in Northfield

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"Everyone on the leadership board is under the age of 21; some are as young as 12. It is a phenomenal model. I’ve never been a part of something like this before."

Suggested Readings: Collective Health

Our new year-long series will focus on interconnected systems that are broken and can be fixed.

Communities Grapple With Abusive Partners Who Also Are Parents

We talked with Melissa Scaia, a long-time advocate for survivors of gender-based violence, about the dynamics in families with an abusive parent, and what can and cannot be done to change experiences.

Why I Stepped Up With Neighbors to Say “Yes in My Backyard”

"The neighborhood opposition didn’t make sense to me. I don’t appreciate the stigma against mental health."

Shelter Development Proceeding in Saint Cloud

Many local business leaders in the neighborhood opposed the construction, but community members who supported the project pushed back.

Four Advocates Talk About How Minnesota Can Address Gender-Based Violence Collectively

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We know so many survivors who went through a criminal process and find themselves no safer. They don't feel healed. Survivors deserve more options than what we currently have invested in as a society.