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The efforts by those living in the encampments to forge more hospitable surroundings come as public officials and homeless advocates raise alarms that the growing settlement is neither safe nor sustainable.
Growing up as one of the few black people in rural Maine, Kandace Montgomery longed to escape.Kids picked on her. She had no black teachers…
Neighbors, activists and community leaders are reckoning with how to ensure public safety at a time when many feel their security is shaken as much by police as it is by criminals.
While the movement to defund the police has been driven by Black activists, others say that city politicians rushed the process and failed to include a police chief who has the backing of many Black residents.
Albert Lea, a Tennessean who served as a Confederate lieutenant colonel, surveyed parts of what became southern Minnesota in the 1830s. Many residents don't know about his past, but some activists are hoping to start a conversation about the city's name.
"I'm scared if you defund the police … Is it going to turn into World War III over here?"
Growing up as one of the few black people in rural Maine, Kandace Montgomery longed to escape. Kids picked on her. She had no black…
Between Interstate 35W and Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis had one of the most thriving hubs for new immigrant communities.
During George Floyd’s memorial service, Somali-Americans erected a large portrait of him down the street and offered passersby markers to write messages in his honor.…
Now, ethnically diverse neighborhoods are grappling with the loss of jobs, services and investments.