General News

  • George Bonga was a singular character in Minnesota history: a black and Ojibwe fur trader in the 1800s, Bonga navigated Native and European channels in frontier Minnesota. Playwright Carlyle Brown spoke with Xan Holston on the Monday Morning Blend about his play "Geroge Bonga: Black Voyageur" which opens Friday February 5 at the History Theatre in St. Paul. More information here.

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  • KFAI's CD & Record Sale takes place this Saturday, January 23rd at the Eagles Club in Minneapolis.  This is the perfect opportunity to add to your music collection and support community radio.

  • Minneapolis is home to a number of organizations that focus their work on promoting racial equity in the city. Recently, they combined their efforts under the name “OUR MINNEAPOLIS” to announce their intention to issue “report cards”. These regular reports are intended to evaluate the city, the schools and the parks district on the topic of racial equity.  KFAI's Rico Morales has a report. 

     

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  • In front of a standing room only crowd, the Minneapolis School Board met on the evening of January 12th in North Minneapolis and voted to end its negotiations with Sergio Paez to be the district’s next Superintendent.

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  • St. Thomas University law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is a tireless advocate for social justice.  She plays a leadership role in Black Lives Matter – Minneapolis, and last spring members of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP selected Levy-Pounds to be the organization's President.  Since then she has been front-and-center in Minnesota's ongoing conversation about racial disparities in economics, employment, education and law enforcement.  

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  • Do you like science? Do you like beer? Wish you could mix them safely? Then you might want to check out Café Scientifique, a monthly series of happy hour talks about scientific research and theories presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

     

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  • Efforts to craft a global accord to combat climate change have stumbled with the U.N. COP 21 summit now extended by a day to overcome stubborn divisions.

    Minnesotans and Minnesota-based organizations are among the participants and observers in Paris.

     

    Janet Brown, of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, spoke with KFAI's Rico Morales on the Friday Morning Blend.

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  • Hope Community spent the last two and a half years speaking with more than 400 Phillips Neighborhood residents about issues of food, land, and health justice. Their stories helped inform a report called Feed the Roots that that Hope will release Friday December 11 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

    Community members will also perform sections of The SOUL Food Monologues, a collection of personal narraitves about food justice directed by activist Ladonna Redmond.

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  • Macalester Junior Forest Redlin is part of a student delegation that spent last week in Paris for COP21, the UN Climate Change Conference. Redlin's group was there to take in worldwide movements to fight against climate change and to participate in a Fast for the Climate, a protest made more symbolic after France banned large demonstrations following last month's terrorist attacks in Paris.

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  • In the early morning hours on December 3rd, the Minneapolis Police Department evacuated people from an encampment at the Fourth Precinct on Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis.

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