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The Price of Black Lives—Is $12M Enough? Culture and Education Editor

By Irma McClaurin, PhD My family needs to heal, and communities need to know that there will be at least some accountability when police kill people like my dad, whose only crime was needing help.” Nathanial McFarland (son of

The settlement of $12 Million to Prude’s family is a beginning to settle the matter of a wrongful death, but it begs the question of “how much is a Black life worth in America?” (https://www.blackenterprise. com/rochester-family-reacheshistoric-settlement-over-deathof-daniel-prude/) It also should make us ponder why is it that some Black deaths launch movements— global in scope—and others are forgotten? I mean we hear constant news about the Uvalde murders (https://www.

Daniel Prude) Exactly two months and two days (March 23, 2020) before the murder of George Floyd (May 25, 2020) by police asphyxiation, Daniel Prude, a Black Rochester citizen, died of the same cause during a mental health crisis. Floyd’s cause of death was a policeman’s knee on his neck; Prude’s cause was a policeman’s knee on his back. Floyd’s death launched protests heard around the world while Daniel Prude’s death was met with silence.

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Title Image for MFA Thesis Exhibition of Rashaad Parker, The Black House, Rochester, NY, May 2021 nytimes.com/2022/10/07/ us/uvalde-police-suspended. html?smid=nytcore-ios-share) of school children—most Latinx—but the shooting deaths in Buffalo (a majority of Black victims) didn’t generate much media fanfare after a week or so passed https://www.npr. org/2022/07/18/1112035732/ the-buffalo-supermarketshooter-pleads-not-guilty-tofederal-charges ). Why? There are no statutes or monuments for Daniel Prude;

he did not gain a Wikipedia entry like George Floyd (https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_ Floyd). There are no monuments on the street where he died because of a mental health crisis. There are no Rochester Streets that memorialize Prude’s name—though there should be. And, there are no celebrity offers of support or scholarships for Prude’s five children. Thus, I have to ask is $12 Million enough to replace a person’s life? After Attorney

fees are deducted—somewhere around 30% according to standards or $3,600,000, and the remaining $8,400,000 is split five ways, or $1,680,000 per child, you have to wonder if less than $2M is sufficient to make up for the father’s hugs they will never know, the advice he might have given in his more lucid moments? The price of a life in America—scratch that— the price of a BLACK life in America doesn’t seem to be worth too much these days. So, as I once wrote eight years ago, Please “America, stop killing our Black Sons” (https://bit.ly/ BlackPressAward2015) and stop killing Black people today and tomorrow. (c)2022 Irma McClaurin Irma McClaurin (https://bit.ly/DrIrmawebsite / @mcclaurintweets) is the Culture and Education Editor for Insight News, an activist anthropology, an award-winning writer, and Fulbright Specialist. Her Her book of essay, Justspeak: Reflections on Race, Culture & Politics in America is forthcoming in 2022.


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January 6th organizers back AG Ellison’s opponent with racist ad campaign Editors note: Building One America is seeking supporters and signers for the following letter condemning what it calls racist political ads. The campaign against Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has been funded by an outside dark-money group, which has blanketed the airwaves with a wave of vicious, false, and racially incendiary advertising. This far-right organization helped organize and fund the Jan. 6 rally that became an assault on the US Capitol. It relies on the same group of wealthy donors and far-right advocacy groups that led the decades-long – and now successful – strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate abortion rights nationwide. This group sees electing Republican candidate Jim Schultz as a key pillar of its radical agenda. He has happily accepted their aid. The incendiary and false ads are designed to frighten voters with blurry images of crimes in progress, calling Ellison the “criminal›s choice” and falsely implying that he has worked to shield violent offenders from the law. The ads unsubtly evoke the notoriously racist 1988 “Willie Horton” ad campaign, which was explicitly designed as an attempt to frighten white voters with stories of a black felon. The amount spent on these ads attacking

False attack ads lie about Ellison service, positions Ellison far outstrips all other advertising expenditures in the race, including by Schultz’s own campaign. In addition, Schultz’s own campaign staff appear to be illegally coordinating these ad buys, as identified in a DFL campaign finance complaint filed a week ago. This allows Schultz to effectively supplement campaign contributions, which are capped under MN law, with hundreds of thousands of unrestricted dollars from wealthy dark-money donors. By maintaining the legal fiction that these outside dollars are not under his control, Schultz may also be trying to shield his reputation from the scurrilous ads. Schultz, a young man with no courtroom experience and no public leadership experience or profile of any kind, has worked hard to downplay any ties to hard-right groups and their agenda. While he has admitted his powerful personal opposition to abortion

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There’s no one ‘Latino vote’ – religion and geography add to voters’ diversity By Laura E. Alexander Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights, University of Nebraska Omaha and Cristian Doña-Reveco Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Director, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, University of Nebraska Omaha

Nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States today are Latino, and “the Latino vote” has attracted significant news coverage as their political voice grows stronger. Yet considering all 62 million Latinos as a group isn’t necessarily all that helpful in understanding attitudes or voting patterns, as some scholars and journalists have pointed out.

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DFL complaint alleges Shultz ads violate state Campaign Finance rules The Minnesota DFL Party has charged that a $847,0000 Minnesota for Freedom ad buy was coordinated to support the candidacy of Jim Schultz, the republican challenging Attorney General Keith Ellison, and should have counted as a contribution to Schultz—greatly in excess of the campaign finance limit of $2,500. If an investigation finds that Jim Schultz for Minnesota Attorney General committee and the Minnesota for Freedom political fund worked together, the DFL said, they could be liable for millions of dollars in fines, which would be the largest campaign finance fine in state history. The Minnesota DFL Party, on October 18, 2022, filed the complaint with Minnesota’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board charging that the Schultz campaign illegally coordinated ads with Minnesota for Freedom. The complaint reveals that Steve Syckes, placed ad buys for the Schultz

campaign and Minnesota for Freedom, which is illegal. In addition, according to Faith in Minnesota, a “recent ad for Jim Schultz was paid for by big corporations like ExxonMobile and Koch Industries through the Republican Association of Attorneys General (RAGA). These are the very same corporations that are being sued by the state for corrupt and dishonest business practices that hurt Minnesotan families, our household finances and our state’s future. This isn’t a coincidence,” the organization’s online post said. The organization also blasted Republican attorney general candidate Jim Schultz for his campaign ad calling Attorney General Keith Ellison a racist. Some 67 faith leaders signed an open letter to the Jim Schultz Campaign that demanded that Schultz’ “racist fear-based ads” be taken down.

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Executive order seeks to develop clean hydrogen markets in Minnesota As part of the state’s continued effort to reduce carbon emissions and expand the clean energy economy, Governor Tim Walz last week signed Executive Order 22-22 directing state agencies to pursue federal funding for clean hydrogen market development in Minnesota. “The development of clean hydrogen provides a unique opportunity to reduce emissions and mitigate climate impacts for future generations,” said Governor Walz. “Through this Executive Order, Minnesota will be ready to meet the changing needs of the energy, transportation, and agriculture industries, while continuing to

Ellison From 3 rights, he has attempted to argue that these views would be of no consequence in public service. But Schultz’s wellfinanced supporters provide a strong, and disturbing, clue to his real agenda. The entity behind the racist and misleading ads calls itself “Minnesota for Freedom.” But legally, no such group exists. In reality, the antiEllison ads are not coming from Minnesota at all. Instead, Minnesota for Freedom is part of a right-wing dark-money organization in Washington, DC. That group is called RAGA, or the Republican

Latino Vote From 3 diverse. As scholars who study immigration in the fields of sociology and religious ethics, we are especially interested in the growing religious diversity and often overlooked geographical diversity among Latino populations. These aspects of Latino identity are just beginning to be recognized more clearly in media reports. Yet they are as informative as gender, race and other characteristics for understanding Latino voters – and will likely come into play when Americans go to the polls in November. Religious diversity Historically, Latinos in the U.S. have mostly been Catholic, but the numbers have recently changed. In 2020,

create new jobs and grow our economy.” Northside energy activist Kristal Porter, Executive Director, MN Renewable Now, lauded the Governor’s action and talked about potential impact for North Minneapolis. She said, “It means that we have the potential to see billions of dollars invested in our state around training, job creation, and development. I am super excited about hydrogen and it has been something I have been advocating for, for a very long time. This would position our state to be one of the top states to receive large portions of funding due to the collaboration we are setting up with others

states around hydrogen energy production and storage.” The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided the U.S. Department of Energy with $8 billion to fund regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs, networks of clean hydrogen producers, consumers, and connective infrastructure. The Inflation Reduction Act, recently signed into law by President Biden, creates a tax credit for hydrogen production, which will make clean hydrogen competitive with fossil fuels. Minnesota has signed onto two separate Memoranda of Understanding, the Heartland Hydrogen Hub coalition of four states and the Midwest

Hydrogen Coalition of seven states. Both coalitions are working to bring these federal dollars to the region to build the clean hydrogen economy. This Executive Order comes after Governor Walz announced a sweeping plan to fight climate change last month. Created with the input of thousands of business, conservation, and climate leaders, the Climate Action Framework identifies immediate and long-term actions Minnesota can take to achieve the state’s vision to help communities reduce pollution that contributes to climate change and to prepare for extreme weather events caused by a changing climate.

Attorneys General Association. RAGA is an ultraright advocacy organization that helped set in motion the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. Although the group’s nominal purpose is to elect Republicans to state attorney general seats, in 2020 it helped promote Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about a stolen election. In 2021, it was revealed that RAGA supported Donald Trump’s January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally with a six-figure donation, and made calls to recruit more attendees for the rally. When these facts came to light, a number of RAGA leaders resigned, including the executive director and the attorney general of Georgia. But the group was unchastened, and promoted as its new leader a man named Peter Bisbee –

the very same person who had coordinated Jan. 6 recruitment. In other words, the people who organized the Jan. 6 riot are now attempting to elect Jim Schultz as Minnesota AG. The hard-right rabbit hole goes even deeper. RAGA is heavily funded by dark money, provided by anonymous wealthy donors. However, in public filings, its largest named supporter over the past several years is a group called the Judicial Crisis Network. The Judicial Crisis Network is a legal activist group dedicated to installing rightwing and anti-abortion judges at every level of US government. It was one of the main backers of the Supreme Court nominations of Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh. The group also works to appoint and elect

similar judges in places like Minnesota, so that they can help eliminate the state rights that are the final bulwark against the total loss of reproductive choice. During their confirmation hearings, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh were cagey on the topic of abortion rights, assuring critics that they would respect settled law. Nonetheless, they received massive financial support from the Judicial Crisis Network, which knew they’d eliminate Roe v. Wade. Jim Schultz, in the Minnesota attorney general race, has been similarly cagey about abortion. But it’s a safe bet that dark-money supporters like the Judicial Crisis Network wouldn’t fund his election ifthey believed he’d protect women’s rights.

Right-wing activists are targeting Keith Ellison with racialized attacks because he has been one of the country’s most effective attorney generals. Ellison has been a consistent defender of justice and order. After George Floyd was murdered, he worked with law enforcement to reduce unrest on the streets of Minneapolis. He then spent a year ensuring that George Floyd’s killer went to prison. Any other result risked greater strife, perhaps nationwide. Ellison achieved what few others have: he used his office to defend public safety and civil rights all at once. The activists targeting him are trying to send a message: anyone who prosecutes a police officer will be punished, even if ignoring police wrongdoing would cause greater disorder.

Jim Schultz’s biggest backers believe in a different version of America – one in which some groups are controlled by the law, and other groups are above it. Women’s long-established rights are sacrificed, while lawless rioters on Jan. 6 are treated as allies. These groups do not care about Minnesota; they’re not even from Minnesota. They’re here to push their agenda and to install another willing pawn in a game they’ve been playing for decades: dismantling the civil and human rights of women, workers and consumers. In doing so, they haven’t hesitated to reuse the racist smear tactics that defined some of the ugliest campaigns in modern American history.

the Public Religion Research Institute reported that 50% of Latinos say they are Catholic, 14% are evangelical Protestant, 10% non-evangelical Protestant and 19% religiously unaffiliated. Some researchers have estimated that by 2030, fully half of U.S. Latinos will identify as Protestant.

support Democratic candidates. These trends are similar to those among nonLatino white Americans. Political ideology by age also looks similar: Whether Latino or not, younger groups are more likely to identify as politically liberal, whereas older groups are more likely to identify as politically conservative. Your vote matters – whichever language you’re voting in. Indeed, Latino groups’ voting preferences may be better understood by looking at religious affiliation, not ethnicity. Sociologist Gerardo Marti, for example, has shown that Latinos who identify as evangelical Protestants are more likely than other Latinos to embrace Christian nationalist ideas. This ideology promotes the view that the U.S. has a special relationship with God and that it should be governed by Christian principles. Marti also shows that evangelical Latinos are more likely to align with white evangelicals in favoring policies that maintain the political dominance

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population of the Midwest grew 28% between 2010 and 2020: the second-largest rate of all regions, only 2 percentage points less than in the South. The Midwest also has the youngest Latino population, with a median age of 26.7 years. Because there is a significant association between age and political opinion, and because younger Latinos are more likely to be U.S. citizens and therefore able to vote, this could become a factor in the future.

about 74%, compared with approximately 63% in the Northeast and 52% in the West and South. Meanwhile, 86% of Latino Catholics in the Northeast identify with the Democratic Party – but only 66% in the South. Among religiously unaffiliated Latinos, meanwhile, 65% in the Midwest identify with the Democrats, lower than in any other region. These differences are intriguing, but since Pew only surveyed 207 Latinos in this region, representing just 6.1% of the total sample, it is difficult to reach statistically well-grounded conclusions – another reason for more research in the Midwest. The problem with understanding “the Latino vote” is that there really is no such thing. Latino communities have always been diverse, and are growing even more so. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.

Our mission is to share knowledge and inform decisions. About us This diversity has implications for political ideology and affiliation. Latino Protestants, particularly evangelicals, are generally more likely to identify as politically conservative and to support Republican candidates than Latino Catholics are, according to the Public Religion Research Institute’s 2020 Census of American Religion. Religiously unaffiliated Latinos, on the other hand, are generally more likely to identify as politically liberal and to

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white Americans. Protestant Latinos are also more likely than other Latinos to hold anti-immigrant sentiments, which track with attitudes among non-Latino white evangelicals. This may seem counterintuitive, since Latinos have been subject to racist stereotyping and often have connections to immigrant communities. However, immigrant groups’ attitudes toward newcomers do change over time, especially if those groups begin to gain access to privileges associated with whiteness. Geographic diversity The media has begun to pay more attention to Latino diversity, especially in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, but tends to focus on states like Florida, California and Texas. Regions where Latino communities are smaller but growing are understudied, particularly in the Midwest – home to five of the 13 battleground states in 2020. Comparing by Census regions, the Latino

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Bank of America names Latino Economic Development Center and Repowered 2022 Neighborhood Builders® The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) led by Henry Jiménez, and Repowered (formerly known as Tech Dump), led by Amanda LaGrange, have been named as the 2022 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders®awardees for their work in the Twin Cities removing economic barriers, advancing economic opportunity, and building generational wealth. Bank of America will provide each organization with an unrestricted $200,000 grant to fund programming and operations as well as leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader to help build capacity within the organization. “LEDC and Repowered have a deep understanding of the obstacles many of our community members are experiencing,” said Lucas Giambelluca, president, Bank of America Twin Cities. “They are on the ground working closely with individuals, families, entrepreneurs and the community to deliver programs and services that move us toward a more inclusive economy and remove barriers to opportunity. It’s important that we direct capital, training, and other resources to help position these nonprofits and their leaders for long-term success and resilience as they grow.” LEDC’s mission is to transform communities by creating economic opportunities for Latinos. LEDC provides a continuum of small business

Ellison vs Shultz From 4 The 501(c)4 arm of ISAIAH, Faith in Minnesota, seeks to advance moral citizenship by promoting community organizing and advocacy directly in our state’s elections and political process. ISAIAH is a multiracial, state-wide, nonpartisan coalition of faith communities, Black barbershops, childcare centers, and other community based constituencies fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. Faith in Minnesota describes itself as “a political home for people of faith who are acting boldly and prophetically to create a new, people-centered politics in our state — one rooted in abundance, where everyone is in and no one is out.” “We are clergy and faith leaders from many religions, including Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. We come from all four corners of the state. We recognize that we are all created beings, called by our Creator to care for and love one another in both word and deed. We care for our communities and we love and care for the people of the state of Minnesota. Because of that love and care, we demand that the GOP Attorney General candidate Jim Schultz, rebuke and demand recent ads steeped in race- and fear-based dog whistles be taken down. These have been long time tactics of harm and division in a state that is in desperate need of unifying leadership and trust,” the Open Letter said. “All Minnesotans across race, gender and neighborhood want the freedom to have their rights, their finances, their ability to care for self and others, as well as their safety, protected. These recent ads for Jim Schultz were paid for by big corporations like ExxonMobile and Koch Industries through the Republican Association of Attorneys General (RAGA). These are the very same corporations that are being sued by the state for corrupt and dishonest business practices that hurt Minnesotan families, our household finances and our state’s future. This isn’t a coincidence,” they wrote. “The ads feature race baiting tropes historically used and intended to scare voters, not just from opponents, but each other. This is a dangerous and immoral tactic that has

development services, including one-on-one technical assistance and access to capital as a Community Development Financial Institution, to help Latinos and other BIPOC entrepreneurs build wealth. LEDC plans to use this grant to invest in operational efficiencies and infrastructure that will help to elevate and expand the impact their programs have on the Latino small business community. The grant will also be used to invest in capacity building and professional development programming for the predominantly Latino staff to ensure that their team remains responsive and nimble, ready to adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of clients and employees. “The Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award is a commitment and investment in us as much as we have been committed and invested in our community. Our leadership and skillsets will grow and so will our impact in the work we do with our community,” said Henry Jiménez, LEDC executive director. Repowered provides jobs and training for formerly incarcerated individuals at its St. Paul electronics recycling and refurbishing facility. Repowered is one of the largest collectors of e-waste in the state of Minnesota, processing more than 35 million pounds of electronic waste—all while adhering to the highest standards of data security. They address three critical issues: re-entry into

long standing implications that will impact our state well after the election ends. Minnesotans across race, gender, age and partisanship experienced four years of Trump-like, fearbased tactics of scapegoating communities of color and poverty to win political points. We know they use these tactics to keep us divided and distracted

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defined by our futures, and this investment powers this vision forward.” Here in the Twin Cities, a total of 14 nonprofits have been selected as Neighborhood Builders since 2013, with the bank investing $2.8 million into these local organizations. Since 2004, through its Neighborhood Builders® and Neighborhood Champions programs, Bank of America has invested more than $300 million in 92 communities across the nation, partnered with more than 1,500 nonprofits, and helped more than 3,000 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills. The program continues to be the nation’s largest investment into nonprofit leadership development, providing expert trainers who address topics ranging from increasing financial sustainability, human capital management and strategic storytelling. Neighborhood Builder awardees

from the corporate greed that the Attorney General’s office is in charge of taking on, the letter said. The clergy leaders called on voters to reject the “underhanded political ploys” and said anyone wanting leadership in the state, should reject them as well. DFL Party chairman

Ken Martin, says he’s never seen an ad, at least in Minnesota, that’s been more racist. “This really hits a new low in Minnesota,” he said. One of the ads in question features a man claiming to be an inmate in a Minnesota prison who levels false accusations about Ellison’s stance on crime.

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Black 2 the Future, Vol. 2 Sharing Our Stories

By: W.D. Foster-Graham Book Review Editor Black 2 the Future Vol. 2 By Mizz Mercedez Lately, there has been a lot of publicity about the upcoming movie Wakanda Forever; our community certainly has been due for a superhero like Black Panther, who was brought to the screen in the previous movie. At the same time, we already have such heroes in our community, past and present. They are the entrepreneurs, the inventors, the creators who took a thought/idea and manifested it into reality. It is in this continuing spirit that I bring to you Mizz Mercedez’s second volume of her comic book series Black 2 the Future. I loved comic books when I was growing up, and Mercedez’s books bring both the story and the history of the inventors in the eye-catching format of comics. The inventors and trailblazers in this volume stem from our rich history such as Garrett Morgan, John Burr, George “Crum” Speck, Robert Flemming, and Matthew Cherry. Contemporaries such as Mark Dean and James West add to the mix. I like the fact that Mercedez intentionally includes local legends and innovators in her comics such as Prince, Freddie Bell, William “Bakeshow” Baker, Jovonta Patton, Brandy Moore, Janae Castle, Georgia Fort, Aramondo Davison, Mychal Felix, Jazz Hampton, and Andre Creighton. With the inclusion of games and puzzles, Black 2 the Future provides a medium of stories, biographies, puzzles, and games that is interactive

and informative as well as entertaining. With so much doomand-gloom and Debbie Downer news happening these days,

Mercedez provides hope and encouragement, especially to our young people. We are never too young or too old to follow our dreams. As African

Americans, we have never been merely consumers. We have been, are, and continue to be creative thinkers. Black 2 the Future is

available through her website www.MizzMercedez.com . Once again, here’s a hat tip to you, Mizz Mercedez, for being a positive, creative

force in our community. We will stay tuned for more of your work.

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