Commentary

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Op-Ed: Legislature failed to enact key racial equity measure

Minnesota’s policymakers had an opportunity during this legislative session to take action to gain a portion of that $6.6 billion of annual GDP, and they failed. Instead, efforts to close racial equity gaps fell victim to polarized and antiquated views of economic growth and competitiveness.

  • 07/23/2021
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Who can build consensus toward public safety?

Minneapolis will not succeed until every citizen and visitor can trust that they are protected by those who are here to serve us. If Minneapolis fails, so will the entire State of Minnesota.

  • 07/22/2021
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Net Zero

My parents’ love for each other and their children was a bubble that protected us from the rest of the

  • 06/24/2021
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Riot or Resistance? (Part 1)

Danielle Kilgo is a researcher now based at the University of Minnesota focused on how media contributes to uneven power dynamics and diversity issues, including police brutality and social movements against violence and racism. This is the first of a two-part essay, published with her permission, that combines commentaries she published at The Conversation.

  • 04/28/2021
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My Perspective From BLM Protests

No matter whose name we are chanting, or whom we are demanding justice for, the fact remains: There is always someone we are demanding justice for.

  • 04/20/2021
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Learning From Global Thought Leaders

Editor Mikki Morrissette recently attended the global, virtual @SkolFoundation three-day conference focused on “Closing the Distance.” Here are a few

  • 04/17/2021
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Why Video Surveillance Is Not a Good Crime-Fighting Tool

The documentary film “Coded Bias” warns of the racial and gender biases in facial recognition software and the dangers of its use.

  • 04/08/2021
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“Prison By Any Other Name”

Prisons and penitentiaries (derived from the word penitent) were considered by early Christians as a way for people to reflect on their sins in isolation and emerge obedient. Eventually, Schenwar and Law write, the mission of penitence evolved into “the need to establish racialized control.”

  • 04/06/2021
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Roots of the Crisis

The investigative work of today is not just for those who are being hurt now — it is for ancestors and to prevent harm to those who are on their way.

  • 03/25/2021
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Harm Reduction

Being unhoused or worrying that you can lose accommodation means you cannot work on other issues, such as addiction.

  • 03/25/2021
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Women Are the Protectors

More than any time in my life, women are reclaiming our power.

  • 03/17/2021
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The Energy Future I See

As of 2005, emissions have risen 32 percent from residential and 15 percent from commercial buildings.

  • 03/10/2021