September 16   September 22, 2021

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Local News
Water Protectors arrive at the MN State Capitol for the Treaties not Tar Sands rally 📷 Evan Frost | MPR News
Pipeline 3 is a pipeline project by Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company. The pipeline would bring millions of barrels of tar sands from Alberta, Canada through Superior Wisconsin (spanning through northern Minnesota). The project is almost completed, but that hasn’t stopped environmentalists and activists from continuing to protest the line. The new pipeline would transport millions of barrels of tar sands from Canada to Wisconsin, crossing through more than 200 water ecosystems and tunnel under 20 rivers (including the Mississippi River). The reason for the opposition of the pipeline is because to many, the cons outweigh the pros. The environmental impact that the pipeline would take on water sources is undeniable as pipelines are going to leak, threatening pristine lakes, rivers, and streams, including where wild rice grows. Also, opponents of the project say that the pipeline threatens Native American rights to hunt, fish, and gather wild rice on land outside reservation borders.

Looking to buy a home? Act quickly. Last year, Minneapolis had the lowest vacancy rate of any large city. The Twin Cities housing shortage has not let up recently nor do people know when it will. With the pandemic, more and more people were working from home and needed the space to do so. According to Minnesota Realtors, the average sales price was up 12.9% to $359,700 in July 2021 compared to July 2020. As more and more people cannot afford to buy, renting will become the only option. That combined with the housing shortage will make rental prices shoot up.

Two students help prepare samples of sunrise breakfast grain for a True Food taste test at Bancroft Elementary School 📷 Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

Less than 30 percent of Minnesota’s communities of color believe school systems provide equal opportunities to all students. According to a new survey conducted by APM Research Lab, White Minnesotans are significantly more likely than BIPOC Minnesotans to believe that all children have the same opportunities in K-12 public schools. By combining Minnesota’s history of discrimination and segregation and our state’s school funding system, it is undeniably impossible for a person of color to be given equal opportunity in K-12 public schools. For example, redlining has caused major damages to communities and little effort has been done to resolve decades of oppression in Minneapolis and other parts of the country. 

Although race and ethnicity are big factors that influence opinions on equality in Minnesota’s education system, there are many more factors that play a role such as politics, geography, and educational attainment. Republicans were three times more likely than Democrats to say they thought all children had the same opportunities in Minnesota schools.

Everybody give a warm welcome to Dr. Nisha Botchwey, our first person of color and immigrant to be appointed as dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Botchwey is an immigrant from Jamaica and is an expert in health policy and the environment. She focuses on youth engagement and health equity. As a first-generation college graduate, Botchwey said she gained interest in public service because she wanted to better understand the rules that govern daily life and how to make them fairer for everybody. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Humphrey School 9th in the country’s top public affairs programs. 

"The education that the Humphrey School provides allows for the elevation of a little Black girl like me-who started school in ESL classes in Miami, Florida- to catapult to the dean’s office at the Humphrey School,” said Botchwey. 

International News
Police officers try to block deportees from boarding a flight back to the U.S 📷 CNN

Migrants for who the U.S is forcibly returning to Haiti are enraged when they arrived at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince. Thousands of Haitians have fled the country due to political instability after the assassination of the president in August and the devastating earthquake that left more than 1200 people dead. The Biden Administration has been deporting those who’ve fled Haiti for the US non-stop. Many of these migrants were complaining about prison-like conditions in the US holding centers and that many were given little to no notice.

Third COVID wave hitting Yemen hard with 99% of people unvaccinated. COVID cases have tripled and the death rate has risen by more than fivefold (420%) in the last month. COVAX, the global initiative to deliver vaccines, promised to achieve at least 23% vaccination coverage in all member countries by the end of this year. However, less than 1% of Yemen’s 30.5 million people have received one dose and only 0.05% of the population are fully vaccinated. According to the UN, two out of three Yemenis lack access to healthcare services. An estimated 20 million Yemenis need healthcare assistance including 5.9 million children. 

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!Get Involved, Minnesota
There's so much to do in the Twin Cities. Whether it's a pop-up, music/art festival, a protest, or just an opportunity to support folks in community, it can be hard to sort through what's what and to figure out where to show up in the days ahead. So, here's a few opportunities coming up to get involved.
  • Looking for your film fix? Eagan is showcasing amateur and professional films at this year's Art Block Short Film Festival! Tickets are free but must be reserved. Showings start this Saturday, September 25th at 8pm.
  • On Saturday, September 25th. from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Fall Fest at the Black Market will be in Saint Paul and is open to all! Come out for food trucks, snacks, beverages, games, music, and a lot of shopping opportunities. 
  • Protests against Pipeline 3 are continuing. Want to get involved? Until September 30th, Indigenous leaders and non-native guests are walking in prayer 160 miles along the Line 3 route from Backus, MN to Superior, WI. Join for a few days or the rest of the route. 

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Bottom of the News
📷  Andy Corbley
During the early 1900s there were 100 One-Horned Rhinos left. Today there are 3,700 and ever increasing in number. Over the last eight years, poaching incidents have fallen from 41 in 2013, to just 1 at present day. Read more here.
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