There is a nativist, xenophobic thread running through the American political narrative these days with roots going back to the Know-Nothing Party of the mid-nineteenth century and beyond. In milder versions, immigrants are portrayed as taking jobs from American citizens while burdening the safety net and social services. In the more toxic forms, immigrants are equated with criminality and lawlessness. Against that backdrop of hysteria, it’... Read More
(Joe Selvaggio had this commentary published in the Star Tribune recently and we thought it made a great business case for social justice. We're publishing it with his permission.) The rich can get richer by investing in the poor. When I tell my rich friends this, their first reaction is: “Are you crazy?” Adam Smith, the founder of capitalism, taught us to invest in the strong, the talented, the entrepren... Read More
Guest Blog by Jeff Edmondson According to the most recent U.S. Census, each year United States taxpayers spend $591 billion on elementary and secondary education. Of those funds, 91 percent comes from local and state sources. This makes up the vast majority of all resources spent on educational improvement, followed by private philanthropy contributing about $5 billion annually. This leads us to a very clear and undeniable conc... Read More
A new group is emerging as a strong voice and a catalyst for racial equity for the workforce of our Twin Cities and our state. And its very name -- Everybody In -- is indicative of the breadth and inclusive energy of the organization. Partners of Everybody In include private business owners and managers, local and state government officials, higher education professionals, non-profit leaders, and other interested parti... Read More
Many of us black men who have championed our own rights in this nation for a long time are pleased to see Dr. Ivory Toldson, an associate professor at Howard University, debunking some of the longstanding myths surrounding our community. Toldson, at a recent inaugural session of the Men of Color Think Tank at the University of Minnesota, knocked down these often-reported inaccuracies: • One-third of black men in the United States w... Read More
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