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November 1, 2019

Even if you don't have an election next week you are needed to stop the far-right GOP from doing what they always do – which is creeping on to our school boards and municipal offices through city elections. The GOP can't get much of a foothold here statewide (in the metro area especially) but they do a super job of slipping under the radar onto park boards, school boards, city councils, and even mayoral offices. Now that we're all a little more on top of things (right?) that ends with this municipal election.

SO: please read up on these danger zones and text/call/email your friends in those areas. These things come down to literally a handful of votes, and that buddy you forget to text could actually be the difference between a Trumpocolypse in Bloomington or relative sanity and safety. Let's not forget, municipal electeds decide a whole lot of things, including sanctuary status, how the police are trained (or not), and how our kids are educated. In fact, it's probably our most impactfu...

August 21, 2019

While the leftie world spins out on 2020 (an election that's over a year away), the GOP does what it always does: Strategically and intelligently focuses on winning seats in city government. A key part of GOP strategy is their focus and determination around winning city seats (city councils, school boards), particularly in solid blue areas where it's hard to win seats that are higher-profile. Victories in these seats have real consequences – not only in setting the rules we all live by in our cities, but also as a launchpad for higher office.

There are amazing progressive candidates running, including a large number of progressive people of color and women, but they are largely running alone – unsupported, under-funded. This is not going to work if we want real change – both immediate and long-term.

City elections matter – a lot!

City Councils/School Boards:

  • Decide where the money/resources go

  • Oversee and police departments and implement reforms

  • Oversee education (!) in your...

August 12, 2019

While racism is a problem in any political party, the persecution of immigrants has been the defining platform of this administration. And it is no coincidence that immigration is also the #1 agenda item of the Alt Right as well (specifically, reversing the 1965 Immigration Act, which further opened immigration to non-whites and started the shifts in demographics that we see to this day. See this article). While many talk about the president's "racism", it is our opinion that 45 is an organized, moneyed, highly connected Alt Right activist, and a powerful leader in the international white supremacy movement (which also includes Putin). Although racism effects all politics, in this specific agenda and connection, Trump is unique. It is also no coincidence that the Alt Right had a "coming out" party in Charlottesville on Trump's watch, escalated to violence in El Paso, and continues to grow. In fact, the Alt Right has always been a force for terror in this country, and unless it is under...

February 28, 2019

When people look at racial disparities in MN, they often hear about systemic racism – the systems, structures and policies that have lead us to where we are now - one of the worst places to live for African Americans.

To understand the systems in place that created and create such powerful momentum to grind down African American life in MN, you can look at the criminal justice system, you can look at the covenant system (which basically enacted Jim Crowism in the North, including in MN), you can look at lending practices, medical practices, education and much more. 

And now, an important piece of legislation addresses another cause of devastation in African American families – systemic racism in the child welfare and child protection services (CPS) systems.

The Minnesota African American Family Preservation Act was introduced last session, and is back in this 2019 session. A few data points:

  • African Americans are 3 times more likely to be reported for the same offenses committed by whi...

November 1, 2018

Sometimes on the left we like our reality custom-made to our feelings and comfort level.

Tom Foley jumping into the AG race is great example of someone creating options that don't exist so that someone can have better feels. It's a useless, privileged and dangerous act that reinforces the idea that we have the right or even the power to alter reality to our liking vs. face it and deal with it. You might as well stay home and write "Beyonce for AG" in your diary as vote for Tom Foley.

Here's the thing: On November 7th we will have an AG, it will either be Keith Ellison or Doug Wardlow. Think carefully. Tell your friends. Help them get real about this.

We don't even really have time for a deep discussion, but the argument that this is hypocrisy is false. Keith is not Brett Kavanaugh, and this is not group-think. We are watching the collapse of our democracy under the radicalization of white supremacy and white domestic terrorism. Keith is also a victim, white supremacist abuse is also abuse...

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