Catrina Huynh-Weiss left Saigon, Viet Nam by helicopter out of the U.S. Embassy on April 30, 1975 with her parents and older sister. They were re-settled in Bloomington, MN where she and her two sisters grew-up in a bi-racial, bi-cultural, and bi-religious household. She recently moved back to Minneapolis but has yet to return to her place of birth. During a recent Veterans For Peace event she shared her story. It was featured on the April 30th edition of KFAI's Morning Blend.
Wednesday afternoon, approximately 1,500 protesters convened in downtown Minneapolis for a march down Washington Avenue and across the Hennepin Avenue bridge. The march was organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis in response to the death of Freddie Gray who died while in police custody in Baltimore on April 12. Minneapolis Police blocked traffic for the demonstrators, but otherwise had little interaction with the group and made no arrests. KFAI's Ryan Dawes takes us on-location to the march.
Today's generation of Arab youth have directly inspired and sparked a revolutionary spirit that toppled governments and initiated change. Some of their stories are compiled in a new book called "Demanding Dignity: Youth Voices From the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions."
With a life dedicated to championing human rights, producing awarding-winning films that challenge social injustices, and tackling educational inequities one lawsuit at a time, attorney, activist, professor, filmmaker John Schulman also finds the time to write. His latest book is called Minnissippi. It's a work of fiction that touches on a very real subject – a community in crisis.