Ricardo Levins Morales has no illusions that he will become wealthy from his art. His work is aimed squarely at inspiring working people, and supporting their struggle to survive — a struggle he knows first-hand.
This story about Chanida Phaengdara Potter is the latest continuing series of UpTake profiles on men and women whose names may not be widely familiar but whose leadership makes our neighborhoods, our cities and our states better places.
Veronica Mendez is a myth buster. Sadly, she says one of the biggest myths that needs busting is one of the myths Americans want to believe most about their country: The myth that if you work hard enough and long enough, you can succeed.
Ananya Dance Theatre’s performances are about more than entertainment. Their purpose is to make you think … And while using dance might not bring results that can be measured in legislation or at the ballot box, it can achieve social change in different ways.
Jewish organizer and activist Vic Rosenthal works with communities in Minneapolis and beyond to help repair a broken world. He is the executive director of Jewish Community Action, an organization that mobilizes Jews to work on issues such as home foreclosures, LGBT rights and voting rights, among many others.
If Minnesota ever adopts a single-payer heath care system, the work of Dr. Elizabeth Frost will be remembered as one of the key reasons for its passage.
Daniel Yang is part of a new cohort of young leaders in the Native American community in South Minneapolis, a half-Native, half-Asian grassroots activist with a passion for public service and a special compassion for refugees. The experience of being lost, exiled and afraid is one his family knows well: Yang’s father was a Hmong refugee who, along with his Ojibwe mother, instilled a commitment to social justice and community service in his son.
Story for The UpTake by Sheila Regan On the heels of last week’s large Black Friday protests in the Twin Cities, demonstrations calling for better wages for fast-food workers were staged in three Minnesota cities Thursday: Protests demanding a living wage were held outside fast-food restaurants in Minneapolis, Lakeville and …
Football fans, elected leaders and Vikings big shots assembled under a heated tent on Tuesday to celebrate the symbolic groundbreaking for a new Vikings stadium and the demolition of the old Metrodome.
Twenty-six people were arrested Friday during the “March to end Poverty Wages,” the culmination of a week of Black Friday actions pressing for better pay and working conditions and the right to organize for retail, janitorial and other low-wage workers in Minnesota.
Story by Kathryn G. Nelson and Nick Coleman The Minnesota Legislature’s leading proponent of tougher gun-safety measures, Rep. Michael Paymar, announced last week that he won’t run for re-election next year, but he plans to go out with gun-control proposals blazing. Paymar, a nine-term DFLer from St. Paul, made another …
Jaymie Kelly got a surprising answer after she sent an email to President Obama describing her trials with JPMorgan Chase and Freddie Mac. Eight days later she got a call from the Office of the Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency telling her that her case is under review.
People gave more and watched more of this year’s Give To The Max day than ever before.
Watch The UpTake’s coverage from the Mall of America, CoCo Uptown and the Triple Rock Social Club. We helped raise millions of dollars for thousands of Minnesota charities with GiveMN on Give To The Max Day.
The Captain is not going away! He is coming back to give them big hornswogglers a run for their doubloons in 2014. That’s right! The Captain is putting in for what you call the governor of this godforsaken island they call Minnesota.
At 5:00 a.m. on Election Day, 40 Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at Mayoral Candidate Jaymie Kelly’s house in Minneapolis to evict her, smashing doors and breaking windows.
Story for The UpTake by Sheila Regan/Video by Todd Billings&Bill Sorem Celebrities, sports stars, politicians and civil rights leaders joined hundreds of American Indian protesters and their allies Thursday night as they stormed the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis to protest against the Washington D.C. football team whose team …
Watch to find out the FIRST thing Mayor Hodges plans when she takes office.
It was a dark and stormy election day that began with frost on car windshields and ended with snow and slush that got more media attention than the voting, at least on the 10 p.m. TV newscasts. But the day also brought smiles to the faces of the proponents of Ranked Choice Voting, who liked what they saw as the new voting system got its first serious tests in the Twin Cities, and to supporters of Minneapolis Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges, who led in first-preference voting by a wide margin and seemed to be the odds-on favorite to formally claim victory Wednesday
Still making up your mind about who to choose as your Top Three candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis? The UpTake is proud to present a last-minute Grab Bag of election stories going back to May, including one story on the Ward One St Paul City Council race and seven …
This is The UpTake’s interview with Betsy Hodges, one of the DFLers in the race for mayor of Minneapolis.
This is The UpTake’s interview with Cam Winton, an independent candidate in the race for mayor of Minneapolis.
This is The UpTake’s interview with Mark Andrew, one of the DFLers in the race for mayor of Minneapolis.
This is The UpTake’s interview with Stephanie Woodruff, the Independence Party candidate in the race.
This is The UpTake’s interview with Dan Cohen, an independent candidate in the race.
This is The UpTake’s interview with Jackie Cherryhomes, one of the DFL candidates in the race.
Story for The UpTake by Sheila Regan Redistricting and changing demographics have put Minneapolis City Council incumbent Robert Lilligren on the defensive as he vies to keep his seat without the DFL endorsement in Ward 6. Lilligren’s main challenger is Abdi Warsame, a Somali candidate who wrested the DFL’s endorsement …
A few hundred people gathered in a drizzling rain Friday afternoon and into the evening to observe Dia de los Muertos — The Day of the Dead — a traditional Mexican holiday to honor those who have died .
After a protest at Riverside University High School — a public school — the Milwaukee School board has agreed to hold a public meeting to discuss a new policy requiring mandatory metal detector screenings.
As the national debate over the direction of education rages, Milwaukee appears to be ground zero for the school choice movement, cuts in public education and expansion of charter schools that many public education advocates believe are detrimental to students and schools in the city.
About 2,000 union members and their families marched in Milwaukee’s annual Labor Day parade — a smaller turnout than in recent years.
Minnesota learned from Wisconsin’s failure on marriage equality. Can Wisconsin now learn from Minnesota’s success?
Mercenary-style guards carrying assault weapons will return to the north woods of WIsconsin after an Arizona-based security firm received proper permits to operate in Wisconsin. Last month, the heavily-armed guards, wearing camouflage and some with face coverings, startled hikers and other forest visitors when they showed up — without permits or the legally required name tags and credentials.
The Democracy Convention, billed as “nine conferences, one movement” happens in Madison, Wisconsin. The convention looks at ways to strengthen democracy from many angles including economics, defense, and yes, politics.
Wisconsin Capitol Police have arrested 120 people — arrests are continuing daily — for singing without a permit in the Capitol Rotunda. Sure, “This Land Is Your Land” — but you need a permit to sing it in Wisconsin.
John Spooner, the 76-year-old Milwaukee gun collector who shot and killed 13-year-old Darius Simmons in front of his mother last year, was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no chance of parole for the shocking murder — captured by a security video camera — by a judge who called the killing “an evil act.”
Breaking News: The elderly “gun nut” convicted of the murder of a 13-year-old Milwaukee boy was found sane by a Milwaukee jury on Friday. The determination — after brief jury deliberations — that John Spooner was mentally competent when he shot 13-year-old Darius Simmons on May 31, 2012, means Spooner …
I was 30 years old, a journalist with a passing knowledge of Indian history. Yet it had never occurred to me, until I came across the name of Ernest Wabasha one day, that people still lived among us who were connected to the terrible events of 1862-63, the time of …
Editor’s note: “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota,” was the winner in the Minnesota category of the 2013 Minnesota Book Awards, which were announced Saturday. Congratulations to authors Gwen Westerman and Bruce White. — updated Sunday, April 14 at 8:07 a.m. One hundred and fifty years after the …
A two-week journey from South Dakota ends in Mankato, Minnesota to mark the 150th anniversary of the largest execution in the United States where 38 Dakota (Sioux) Indian men were hanged for their involvement in the Dakota-US War of 1862.
According to tradition, “We Are Here” is what each of the 38 Dakota Indian warriors who were hanged on the day after Christmas in 1862 said as the nooses were placed around their necks. “We Are Here” is also the title of an exhibit on view at the historic James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota. Native American artists comment on the events and aftermath of the U.S-Dakota War in the form of contemporary painting, sculpture and traditional works.
Minnesota’s Dakota tribe commemorates the 150th anniversary of their 150-mile “trail of tears” forced march out of their ancestral land in 1862.
After the US-Dakota War of 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged in the largest mass execution in US history. Many believe the execution was also one of the largest miscarriages of justice in the nation’s history. Today, Representative Dean Urdahl hopes to “rub a little salve in the wound” by seeking a pardon for one of the executed warriors. His name was Chaska.
150 years after the Dakota War, the war remains a wound that has yet to heal. We watch a special ceremony remembering the many Dakota women and children who did not survive the winter of 1862-63 at the Fort Snelling “concentration camp”.