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The one hundred and thirteenth Congress is now underway in Washington, and 5th district Representative Keith Ellison has a leadership position in his caucus.  He will serve as Chief Deputy Whip.   Representative Ellison talked with Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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A conversation with 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison about the November 6th contest against Republican Chris Fields.

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Minnesota's 5th district Congressman, Keith Ellison, says he will judge any budget deal that comes out of the talks between Presdient Obama and House Speaker Boehner by which segement of society pays the greatest cost.  "Does it make the most vulnerable and the middle class bear the weight of it, or is it shared among all income classes?", Ellison asks.  The answer to that question will determine his vote.  Congressman Ellison talked with Paul Brohaugh and Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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The advocacy group Environment Minnesota recently called Xcel Energy's SHERCO power plant in Sherburn County the single largest producer of carbon pollution in the state of Minnesota.  

Environmentalists would like Xcel to stop burning coal at Xcel, and the organization Fresh Energy is campaigning to get people to send that message to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. 

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Steve Paulos is an Eritrean living in Minnesota.  He recently stopped by KFAI to talk with Dale Connelly about Eritrean Independence Day and the plans of a local group to hold a candlelight vigil in St. Paul's Highland Park on Saturday, May 23rd.  The vigil is intended to recognize both the 24th anniversary of Eritrean Independence and the tragedy of those Eritreans who have lost their lives trying to flee the country – identified by Amnesty International as one of the world's most repressive governments. 
 
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June 20th  is an important day for people from the African nation of Eritrea.  It’s Eritrean Martyr’s Day – a day set aside to honor those who died in the country’s war for independence. 

Eritreans all over the world observe it, including here in the Twin Cities where an event is held  at the Eritrean Community Center at 1935 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

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As diplomatic tensions and trade restrictions are softening between the United States and Cuba, some people are wondering what this might mean for baseball. One Twin Cities organization has decided the best way to celebrate the new era in US-Cuban relations is to send a busload of baseball fans to Havana. Julian Loscalzo runs Ballpark Tours, and he spoke with Paul Brohaugh about Cuban baseball, and about the ten-day tour for December.

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Macalester Junior Forest Redlin is part of a student delegation that spent last week in Paris for COP21, the UN Climate Change Conference. Redlin's group was there to take in worldwide movements to fight against climate change and to participate in a Fast for the Climate, a protest made more symbolic after France banned large demonstrations following last month's terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Michael Lapsley was born in New Zealand and went to seminary in Australia to become an Anglican priest.  His life changed dramatically when he went to South Africa and took a conscientious stand against the apartheid regime, joining the struggle for liberation. 

As a result he was exiled, targeted for assassination, and brutally attacked.    

His response was to take up a new vocation as a wounded healer, drawing on his own experience to help other victims of violence and trauma.

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Ronald Buford is one of the local organizers of the “Million Father March”, an attempt to encourage men to be more involved in their children’s education.

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