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Video: Equitable Access to SWLRT’s Promised Prosperity
By Briana Johnson April 10, 2014

North Minneapolis residents, community organizers and faith leaders want to ensure their neighborhoods are included in southwest light rail's promised regional prosperity. They strongly…

Video: Big Business Lobby Holds Workers Back
By Briana Johnson March 31, 2014

The longer Minnesota's minimum wage fight continues, the longer single mothers, seniors, people with disabilities, and those displaced by the recession struggle. Instead of…

Video: Progress Almost on Our Doorstep
By Briana Johnson March 17, 2014

The Green Line light rail's testing and training is rolling along. Starting June 14, it will begin taking passengers from Target Field in downtown…

Video: Five Years After the Housing Crisis
By Briana Johnson March 10, 2014

Find more articles in the Uneven Recovery series, an ongoing collaboration between Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership. As we begin wrapping up our…

Video: Single Moms March
By Briana Johnson March 03, 2014

Bitter, near zero weather couldn’t stop these single mothers and other low-wage workers from flooding a Walmart parking lot, calling on the store to…

Video: Mining for Housing in an Uneven Recovery
By Briana Johnson February 24, 2014

Affordable housing on the Iron Range is dependent on mining's ups and downs. While mining has been on a slight upswing since the Great…

Uneven Recovery: Picket Fence Sill Faded in Exurbia
By Lee Egerstrom and Leigh Rosenberg, Minnesota Housing Partnership February 12, 2014

Find more articles in the Uneven Recovery series, an ongoing collaboration between Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership. Five years ago, when the housing…

Video: Fair wages all over this land
By Briana Johnson February 06, 2014

Minnesotans' wages are shrinking. Adjusted for inflation, median household income has declined roughly $6,700 since 2000. There are a number of reasons for this…

Video: Walking In for Schools Children Deserve
By Briana Johnson February 03, 2014

St. Paul teachers want smaller class sizes, Pre-K for all kids, and staffing that helps educate the whole child. Based on input from parents…

Uneven Recovery: West Metro Problems Not Just Bubble Related
By Lee Egerstrom and Leigh Rosenberg, Minnesota Housing Partnership January 29, 2014

Find more articles in the Uneven Recovery series, an ongoing partnership between Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership.   Five years since the housing…

Video: Rebuilding North Minneapolis
By Briana Johnson January 29, 2014

Imagine watching your home value plummet from near $200,000 to $47,000. That was generally the case for median value homeowners on the north side…

Immigration Reform: The First Step in Saving Our Food System
By Anna Nassiff, Macalester College January 08, 2014

We conclude our Macalester College environmental op-ed series with a look at how our broken immigration and food systems keep prices for bad foods…

Peer Pressure to Prevent Flash Floods
By Olivia Nelson, Macalester College January 02, 2014

This summer, as rain poured down outside in my hometown of Glenview, IL, my mom frantically entered my room at 3 in the morning,…

Video: What to Expect in 2014
By Briana Johnson January 01, 2014

Happy New Year from Minnesota 2020!   Raising the minimum wage, closing the equity gap, working to ensure all Minnesota students have access to…

To Minnesota: A Warning from Kazakhstan
By Rebecca Jeong, Macalester College December 31, 2013

In today's installment of environmental op-eds from Macalester College students, we examine what Minnesota can learn from one of last century's worst natural resource…

Video: Climate change is real
By Briana Johnson December 19, 2013

The School of Environmental Studies joined today with Environment Minnesota for a day of climate action addressing climate change. The students wrote letters and…

Video: New Infrastructure Equals More Jobs
By Briana Johnson December 16, 2013

The BlueGreen Alliance is joining a number of other experts, calling on state policymakers to invest in infrastructure. The organization's new report estimated that…

Video: Black Friday strikers
By Briana Johnson December 04, 2013

Low-wage workers took to the streets Black Friday, demanding better wages and working conditions to provide for their families. People came from all over…

Video: Building for More Jobs
By Briana Johnson December 02, 2013

With the Metrodome being replaced many wonder how a new stadium will help the economy. We spoke with people in construction and planning of…

Video: Walmart Workers Walk Out
By Briana Johnson November 26, 2013

Three brave Walmart employees decided to walk out during their shift at Walmart. They feel they are not treated with the respect they deserve…

Made in Minnesota 2013: Fair Retail Wages Strengthen Local Economies
By Lee Egerstrom November 24, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Many of the nation’s richest retailers count on poverty level wages to pad their multi-billion dollar…

Video: A Gift that Lasts for Generations
By Briana Johnson November 20, 2013

From toys to bikes to natural diapers, Peapods has most of the green and local child market covered. To foster this growing trend, the…

VIDEO: Retail Workers Deserve Better
By Briana Johnson November 14, 2013

While major retail outlets are starting to announce big holiday shopping plans, their workers are also trying to bring attention to their low wages,…

Video: The Levy Ballots Are In
By Briana Johnson November 11, 2013

Minnesota voters approved 88% of their recent education levies, one of the best approval rates Minnesota schools have had in the past 30 years.…

Video: What Causes Cancer?
By Briana Johnson November 07, 2013

Besides the obvious causes, such as tobacco use, too much sun, and excessive drinking, what causes cancer in an otherwise healthy person? The American…

Video: Better Wages Break Poverty Cycle
By Briana Johnson November 04, 2013

Too many Minnesotans who work don't make enough to afford stable housing. While there are a number of charity organizations that provide shelter, better…

Video: Taking Minimum Wage to New Heights
By Briana Johnson October 30, 2013

Food, heat, rent and transportation are basic living expenses. Combined, they're impossible to afford on Minnesota's minimum wage, which is effectively $7.25 an hour.…

Video: Everyone deserves a second chance
By Briana Johnson October 28, 2013

Minnesota has among the nation's largest unemployment rate when it comes to people of color. TakeAction MN held an open discussion with the VP…

Video: Working Too Hard To Struggle
By Briana Johnson October 24, 2013

Too many mothers work two to three jobs in order to support their family, and still struggle to provide shelter, clothing and food. Keeping…

Video: The time to plan for your future is now
By Briana Johnson October 21, 2013

The Own Your Future project held a public discussion to make people aware of the many different options and strategies they can use in…

Video: A Better Wage is Possible
By Briana Johnson October 16, 2013

Imagine working two, even three jobs and barely getting by. It's not a movie script, but a reality for too many Minnesota families struggle…

Video: Marching for The American Dream
By Briana Johnson October 10, 2013

Family, friends and supporters of immigrants recently gathered to march for immigration reform in Minnesota, saying too many families are being separated due to…

Video: Run for your life
By Briana Johnson October 07, 2013

Even if you didn't run the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Sunday, this annual event still represents a great opportunity and reminder about why staying…

Video: Fractured Dreams
By Briana Johnson October 04, 2013

The U.S. immigration system leaves too many Minnesota families in limbo. Fear of deportation keeps children from achieving their full potential in school and…

Video: What’s a Tree Trust?
By Briana Johnson September 30, 2013

Every year, Minneapolis loses a lot of trees to storms and diseases. Many of these trees are on private property. Replacing them is expensive…

VIDEO: Knocking for Minimum Wage Change
By Briana Johnson September 26, 2013

TakeAction Minnesota and other Raise the Wage Coalition partners are going door-to-door this fall talking to neighbors about raising Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50…

Video: What’s for Lunch?
By Briana Johnson September 23, 2013

The Minneapolis public school district has improved the quality of food served in the cafeteria, now providing a variety of fresh meat, fruits and…

Video: Made in Minnesota Going to Taiwan
By Briana Johnson September 18, 2013

Minnesotans and members of the Taiwanese Agricultural goodwill mission inked a big deal recently to send Minnesota made grain to the Asian nation. Minnesota…

VIDEO: Rebuild America
By Briana Johnson September 09, 2013

From roads and bridges to wastewater and utility lines, Minnesota and the U.S. are overdue for upgrades. While many see this as a costly…

VIDEO: Organizing Takes Flight
By Joe Sheeran September 05, 2013

One set of workers at the airport make a living wage, have benefits, and paid time off. The other set make near minimum wage,…

Video: Bridging the Education Equity Gap
By Briana Johnson September 03, 2013

What are we doing as a community to make sure our children are learning and ready for the future? NOC (Neighborhoods Organizing for Change)…

VIDEO: Fair Trade, Not Free Trade
By Briana Johnson August 22, 2013

If the world's richest corporations were negotiating a multi-national trade deal that will impact millions of workers, consumers and taxpayers, you'd want to know…

VIDEO: Another MN Stand in the Labor Fight
By Joe Sheeran July 15, 2013

Workers at a concrete plant in Shakopee are on strike after they say the company threatened their pension security. While the impacted workforce is…

Blueprints for Rural Progress: Critical Need for Federal Development Funding
By Lee Egerstrom June 17, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Take away USDA Rural Development dollars and you start taking away small town assets, such as…

VIDEO: Fighting for Better Working Standards
By Steve D. Fletcher June 12, 2013

Overnight cleaning workers, who ensure the regions' best known stores are in top shape for morning customers held a demonstration for better working conditions…

VIDEO: Community Grown for Target Field
By Ellen Roos June 10, 2013

Next time you’re at Target Field for a game, consider buying a healthier alternative to your typical deep fried ballpark fare. Roots for the…

VIDEO: Haunting Memorial for Bicycle Safety
By Tom Niemisto June 03, 2013

Traveling around busy streets you may have seen a stripped down bicycle, painted white and locked to a traffic sign. Ghost Bikes are part…

VIDEO: Insurance Exchange Coming to Minnesota
By Tom Niemisto May 30, 2013

Three years after the Affordable Care Act passed in congress, Minnesota and fifteen other states have opted to shape their own healthcare exchange system. Going…

VIDEO: Solar Power Turns the Propellers
By Tom Niemisto May 23, 2013

Every spring the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society hosts the Solar Boat Regatta in Saint Paul, where Minnesota high school students put their designs to…

Activated Voices: Arts for Social Change
By Tom Niemisto May 22, 2013

Recent passage of marriage equality in Minnesota resulted after months of statewide grassroots organizing and activism. Countless volunteers worked behind the scenes working to…

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