Perspective

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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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Valerie Castile & Deneal Trueblood

I am tired of the lip service. Let’s do this.

  • 02/25/2021
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Public Safety Voices in Minneapolis

Minneapolis received a lot of attention in 2020 for public safety. Some believe stronger law enforcement is needed to combat

  • 02/25/2021
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VIEW: Practicing Unity

I asked and listened to what voters told me about their hopes — about better jobs, wages, healthcare, and education. I also heard their fears — of more taxes, immigrants, gun laws, and “defunding the police.”

  • 02/04/2021
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VIEW: Through an Immigrant’s Eyes

People like myself need to find ways to bring immigrants with us and use our platforms to elevate their stories by handing them the mic.

  • 01/26/2021
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Ecolution #4: Regeneration

As Land Stewardship Project has put it, it is not good enough to sustain our land, we need to bring it back to life — which strikes us as a potential mantra for this time. Regeneration is about making things healthier, year after year.

What we have now, from micro to human level, is a selective process
in which a small percentage thrives.
Moving to a regenerative mindset is about infusing life and activity into the whole.

  • 12/21/2020
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The Prison Cell is Everywhere

Surveillance, AI, and the Future of Oppression

  • 11/25/2020
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Priorities for Government

The policies support the idea that people are “looking out for each other — that it is not about believing that if ‘you’ get something it is taking away from ‘me.’”

  • 09/22/2020
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The Names You Call Me

You call me “Criminal,” as you cheat, assault, and rob the world blind. You call me “Shit-hole,” as you foul

  • 07/24/2020