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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."

Highest Known Number of Minnesotans Killed From Domestic Violence in 2023

Violence Free Minnesota was able to confirm 39 known victims in 2023. This is the highest confirmed number of known deaths from domestic violence since the coalition started tracking intimate partner homicides in 1989.

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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Restoring (Some of) Turtle Island

According to the TRUTH Project research, the U.S. government paid the Dakota two cents per acre in 1851. Circle News reported the land was then sold for 251 times that amount.

Developing the Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Studies show that when students participate in ethnic studies, they are more engaged when their curriculum reflects diverse — not monolithic — backgrounds.

Transformation in Rondo: Golden Thyme Co-op Ownership

  When I-94 was built through Saint Paul in the…

Does Minnesota Value Women’s Work? What the Data Shows

"Like roads and bridges, care work is super important for a productive economy."

Minnesota Labor Advocates Through History

  — compiled by Mikki Morrissette, with…

Building a Badass Base: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: We must be together; our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing.” — Mother Jones, Irish-American union activist

Prison Work

There is an untapped incarcerated work force that can be held accountable and trained; they will be proud, dedicated employees, if given the opportunity.
Veronica Mendez Martinez

A Conversation with Veronica Mendez Moore of CTUL

“My boss said we don’t do that here.” Others heard, “That passed, but it’s not for Latinos.” A law is just a piece of paper unless people can enforce it.

A Movement Rooted in Rural and Working-Class Values

These are the values I was raised with.

Why Do We Let Our Bosses Control Our Health Care?

If we don’t have enough nurses to care for us at our most vulnerable, that’s not good for any of us. We should be regulating that just like we regulate child care, where there can only be so many infants per adult.

Solving Child Care Needs, Especially in Greater Minnesota

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

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.