General News

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Excel Energy website has a link entitled Community Solar Gardens. The program has connected only one solar project since the Minnesota legislature approved the program in December of 2014.

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  • On Thursday, November 5th, more than 600 Twin Cities business, education, nonprofit and grassroots and community leaders at the 13th annual meeting of Achieve Minneapolis will hear from Dr. Robert Simmons about the promise, potential and power of young men of color.  Simmons is part of the leadership team for a national nonprofit called Reading Partners, and has held administrative posts in the District of Columbia schools and Loyola University.

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  • Tonight (October 29th)  at the Cedar Cultural Center, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Badi Assad  will perform.   Her talent is wide ranging – as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter she has won awards and recognition worldwide.

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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Wednesday, October 28 at 9 am on FIRST PERSON RADIO as they talk with Rhiana Yazzie and Inez DeCoteau from New Native Theatre. The theatre group is celebrating six years of productions and on October 30 at 730 p.m. they will present excerpts from prior hits: The Dreaming Bundle, The Musical!, Native-Somali Friendship Play, and Native Man the Musical along with a few other surprises. The celebration is at Bedlam Lowertown in Saint Paul.

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