November 20th  is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance.  

The observance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who wanted to call attention to widespread violence against transgender people and to memorialize Rita Hester, who was murdered in Allston, Massachusetts in November of 1998.  

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As protests roiled North Minneapolis, authorities named the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death (recently ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner) of Jamar Clark.

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photo: David Joles / Star Tribune

Last week the Star Tribune ran a five-day series called “A Matter of Dignity” with the subtitle “How Minnesota Isolates and Marginalizes Thousands of Adults with Disabilities.”  The piece was reported and written by Chris Serres and Glenn Howatt. Chris Serres stopped by the Thursday Morning Blend, where Paul Brohaugh asked if he was surprised by what they uncovered.

Newly released census data shows blacks were the only racial group in Minnesota to see a statistically significant drop in household income from 2013 to 2014.

State Representative Rena Moran told the Star Tribune “I take this very, very personally.”  "This is not just a black crisis," she said.  "This is a state crisis."  

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In North Minneapolis, protesters gathered to voice their concerns about the police shooting of a black man the night before. The protesters say Jamar Clark was unarmed when he was shot.

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From November 17-19, Minnesota United is offering a special discount on season tickets to KFAI listeners. Season tickets will be offered at the lowest available prices, AND 5% of revenue from ticket sales using the KFAI promo code will be donated to KFAI!

On December 4, Ten Thousand Villages is donating portion of revenue from sales made at the St. Paul store between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. directly to KFAI. And, since we are KFAI, we are making it a party! Come out to see KFAI’s Vinyl Voices DJs spin live at the shop on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue, and let station volunteers help you with your shopping decisions.

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On Veterans Day, we're featuring a conversation with Paul Reidner from the KFAI program “Catalyst”.  

Riedner is the Executive Director of the Veterans Resilience Project.  The Project is a non-profit that works with Veterans to heal the psychological wounds of war, and in the process it helps them re-enter their communities.  

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An unflinching conversation about recovery as a mother of young kids, Bottled explains the perils moms face with drinking and chronicles the author’s path to recovery, from hitting bottom to the months of early sobriety—a blur of pain and chaos—to her now (in)frequent moments of peace.

Punctuated by potent, laugh-out-loud sarcasm, Bottled offers practical suggestions on how to be a sober, present-in-the-moment mom, one day at a time, and provides much needed levity on an issue too often treated with deadly seriousness.

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