Everyone had a story about subpar living conditions. Still, they all want to stay.
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Four days after the exhibit opened, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the so-called travel ban, which — among other things — suspends entry to the U.S. for immigrants from Somalia.
Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed will also look at how housing barriers continue to affect people of color in Minnesota.
Pathways offers some 90 classes, from reiki to meditation to tai chi. All are offered for free. For those navigating the pain, stress, and expense of illness, it can be an oasis.
While many state agencies have long considered job applicants with criminal records, low unemployment and record-high number of retirements have created a unique opportunity.
Monday’s rally outside the Capitol took place at the same time 13 protesters were being arrested inside. Another rally is planned for May 21.
“I would get emails from people who said, ‘I found a place, but we can’t move in for two weeks. … We have to sleep in our car for two weeks.’ Like, they’re almost there,” said Mick Sterling, who came up with the temporary-house idea.
Since the county launched the Career Pathways program, almost half of the new hires coming into the county have been people of color.
The latest fundraiser for the Women of Nations shelter wasn’t your run-of-the-mill charity ball, unless your normal event features body slams, a ladder match and a 20-person battle royal.
Wilhelmina Holder left war-torn Liberia to become a University of Minnesota scholar, a mother to four U graduates, and an advocate for women, girls, immigrants, and refugees. For her next act, she wants to go back to Africa to help the country that assassinated her father.
The hope is that, with the scorecard, both developers and residents can better understand at a glance what people community members want.
Led by teenagers, a 20,000-strong gun control coalition gathered at the state Capitol Saturday for the Minnesota version of March for Our Lives.
Some community advocates worry that light rail stakeholders along the route aren’t taking full advantage of the lessons learned from past light rail projects, especially the Green Line.
The Minneapolis-based nonprofit CAPI USA serves “more than 4,000 low-income immigrants, refugees and people of color living primarily in Hennepin County.”
“Any time you get a chance to expose young people to great art and music and film, I just think it can have a lasting impact,” said First Avenue’s executive vice president, Dayna Frank.
“I’ve been here for six years, and we’ve never done this before, and after today, we’re never not gonna do it again,” said Julie Jeppson, executive director of Stepping Stone.
On Feb. 10, Hmong Lucy — a statue created by St. Cloud-based artist Kao Lee Thao (aka Inner Swirl) – will be the main attraction at a reveal party in St. Paul.
“What we wanted to do is promote Hmong artists and Hmong culture throughout the generations,” said artist Katherina Vang, who curated the show.
How Somali-Americans in Minnesota who don’t remember Somalia — or have never been there — strike a balance between preserving their native culture and embracing their American identity.
After meetings packed with protesters and more than a year of procedural delays, the decision to green light Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement pipeline could come as early as this summer.