Chuck Brown is a Minnesota writer and the retired manager of a manufacturing company who served 12 years on the Olivia City Council. He is a Growth & Justice Policy Fellow advising on rural issues. There was a time, in America’s early years, when a fellow could get a job going to sea on a wooden sailing ship, and when they came upon a whale the fellow and his mates would lower away in boats and row out with their harpoons,... Read More
Chuck Brown is a Minnesota writer and the retired manager of a manufacturing company who served 12 years on the Olivia City Council. He is a Growth & Justice Policy Fellow advising on rural issues. Health care has dominated American politics and policy debate for years now and will surely continue to do so for years to come. Policy advocates populate a wide spectrum, ranging from those wanting a government operated single-payer ... Read More
The author of this post is 16-year-old Phoenix Thomson. He interned for Growth & Justice this summer through the STEP-UP program, a nationally recognized youth employment model that trains and matches Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 with paid summer internships. Phoenix helped research transportation and transit issues, shadowed Growth & Justice staffers at meetings and events and helped with administrative duties. He shows promise as a poli... Read More
Note: Paul Epland is a summer intern and research assistant from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Paul hails from Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. His interests include journalism, state and local politics, comparative literature, and wild (some would say dangerous) speculation regarding Game of Thrones. Paul's internship is funded by a grant from Paul and Rhonda Redleaf of the Redleaf Foundation. “P... Read More
This guestblog by R.T. Rybak appeared a week ago on the Generation Next website. It's an extraordinary essay about how kids of color are quietly improving and achieving at Patrick Henry High School, despite the drumbeat of mostly negative news about north Minneapolis and urban high-poverty neighborhods. Henry now has among the higher graduation rates in the state, and North High is making progress too, thanks in part to the effor... Read More
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