Protesting the increasingly unfair advantage of the top 1 percent underlies much of the new energy around politics and policy these days. And that can be healthy, because the economic decline of the middle class and the working class is a major challenge of our times.
But it's important to stay active and informed on a more constructive front as mainstream Minnesotans try to channel that anger and enthusiasm in 2012.
And one of the best new positive things going in Minnesota, coinciding with the Governor's Job Summit this fall, is a campaign called SKILLS@WORK, a joint project led by the United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and the Governor's Workforce Development Council.
Key facts from the SKILLS@WORK website that many have already heard, but must be kept top-of-mind: