Black Vendors Offer Alternative to the MN State Fair

The Black Entrepreneur State Fair is designed to support Black businesses. This year’s opening drew over 2000 attendees with bouncy houses, 70 vendors, and live entertainment outside Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Feven Gerezgiher reports

Hennepin County Juvenile Center To Close

Children of color make up a disproportionately large percentage of detention center residents. The Legal Rights Center wants to ensure that, moving forward, youth and their families are supported in community-driven programs, and not shipped out to treatm

Pop-up Marketplaces Support Black-owned Businesses

Recent national data shows Black businesses were more likely than businesses overall to close during the pandemic. Organizers of multiple local pop-up marketplaces are finding one way to support Black-owned businesses moving forward.

New Summer Program Supports Black Students

The program – called “We Win When Black Students Graduate” – is led entirely by Black staff. It takes an interdisciplinary, project-based approach, combining core subjects with afrocentric classes like storytelling and African drumming. Students and teach

Federal Investigation of Mpls Police Seeks Community Input

The federal Department of Justice is investigating the Minneapolis Police Department; the DOJ has limited capacity for seeking community engagement and has reached out to organizations like Communities United Against Police Brutality for help. CUAPB is or

MN Dept of Education Proposes Ethnic Studies Standards

The proposal adds three ethnic studies standards to ensure college readiness and the inclusion of multiple perspectives. Those standards include greater emphasis on Indigenous history and societal inequities. According to the proposal, the intention is to

Critical Race Theory Sparks Conflict and Confusion

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The Upper Midwest Law Center has announced plans to file three lawsuits against Minnesota government agencies for their use of “critical race theory.” One plaintiff described it as a “racially divisive and demeaning ideology.” At the center of this confli