This week's edition covers stories 
from July 14th to July 20th, 2022.

Today's issue is 826 words, a 4-minute read.

  • Landlord exemptions threaten St. Paul rent caps
  • Strive Bookstore helps bring representation of Black Authors, Illustrators, and Editors to Minnesota Readers
  • Why we need to pass The Respect for Marriage Act
Local News

Supporters of the Keep St. Paul Home group speak at a press conference in 2021 📸  Ellie Leonardsmith | Housing Equity Now St. Paul

A new ordinance in St Paul went into effect on May 1st that caps rent increases at 3% each year. St Paul voters approved the ordinance last year, but since it has gone into effect the city has seen growing exemption requests from landlords. These exemptions include things like covering costs for renovations or tax increases. Most surprising, however, is the ability for landlords to “self certify” that increasing rent up to 8% is necessary, without city review. Many St. Paul renters are at a standstill waiting for the city to respond to their landlords hiking up rent prices.

Strive Bookstore, located in the IDS Center of Downtown Minneapolis, held its grand opening yesterday, July 20th. The woman behind the bookstore, Mary Taris, founded both Strive Community Publishing and Strive Bookstore to help bring representation of Black authors to Minnesota readers. The publishing company has published work from 20 authors and 5 illustrators, and they work to hire Black editors for their books. The bookstore will carry books published with Strive, although they are able to order books published through different companies upon request.

A celebration outside the U.S. Supreme Court House after same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015  📸  Jacquelyn Martin | AP Images

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage. The Respect for Marriage Act will now go to the evenly split Senate, where, at this point, anything is possible. We can see the minority republicans joining a filibuster to block the vote from happening. Republican senators have said that they see no point in this law and that it is a "political charade" or just "election-year politics"

But the fear that marriage equality may not be a national law is a real and valid concern for many Americans. The Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, allowing many states to outlaw abortion because it isn't explicitly mentioned in the Constitution (or some B.S. like that). A similar concern is being applied to marriage equality, especially after seeing the Supreme Court's willingness to strip away rights through Roe. Since then, Sen. Ted Cruz has said that the Supreme Court's decision protecting marriage equality was "clearly wrong," and the states should decide the issue. Also after basic healthcare was ripped away from millions of citizens, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said that the justices "should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell"- cases that deal with the right to contraception and marriage equality. 

Perhaps the Republican senators that say that the Respect for Marriage Act is pointless should listen to what their party counterparts have been saying. The other justices have come out to say that the overturning of Roe v. Wade only deals with abortion. Contrary to Thomas' opinion, restricting marriages is not on the agenda. But how can anyone trust them? Remember in their confirmation hearings when they said Roe was a precedent and "settled law"? Look where we are now.

Get Involved, Minnesota!

Hanging out in the Twin Cities is a great way to spend the day.
Here are some upcoming events that you may want to check out!

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  •  Latin Days is coming to the Minnesota Valley Fair from July 23-24th! The festival will feature music, performers, and authentic Latin food. Admission to the festival is free with the purchase of a Valley fair ticket, which costs $35 for a day.
  • The Minneapolis Aquatennial is happening this weekend, with events tonight through Saturday, July 23rd! There’s sure to be something for everyone with events ranging from craft markets to salsa cook-offs to fireworks. The festival is free with opportunities for purchases within the events.

  • The Hopkins Food Truck Festival is happening on Saturday, July 23rd! Over 45 food trucks will be featured as well as several retail pop-ups and live music! The event is free with food and retail to purchase.

The Minneapolis Cultural Districts are home to some of the best food in the country, along with premier arts programming, museums, performance venues, independent businesses, gorgeous parks, and public art. Celebrate the Minneapolis Cultural Districts by exploring the exciting events, farmers markets, public art, and restaurants while at the same time supporting the unique cultural history of the neighborhoods within these areas. Learn more.
Tomorrow from 1:00 - 4:00pm, visit the Mower County Fair for free COVID-19 vaccines and free healthy food distribution!
Bottom of the News
Denzel Washington honors Jackie Robinson prior to the 2022 All-Star Game 📸  MLB

Denzel Washington honored Jackie Robinson at the MLB All-Star game. No summary can truly capture the emotion and inspiration that filled Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, so here's an excerpt from his moving speech.

"[Jackie Robinson] said that life is not a spectator sport. And he lived that model to the fullest. Whether it was charging down the baselines, or standing tall for opportunity and justice, No. 42 blazed a trail that would light the way for people of every walk of life and every color and to this very day, every generation. That inspiration, that profound impact looms just as large today, as it did 75 years ago."

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