September 29 was a big day. While its effects will only be felt by a segment of Minnesotans, for those with disabilities, the landscape of this state has been radically transformed. That is because, on September 29, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank approved Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. You might be thinking, “That’s great!...What are you talking about?” To answer that question, we must make like The Devil and go on ... Read More
On September 30, 2014, the White House issued a Presidential proclamation that designated October as “Disability Employment Awareness Month.” This year, we celebrate both the second annual observation of that month and the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was landmark civil rights legislation for Americans with disabilities, ensuring basic legal protections in employment and establi... Read More
There is a nativist, xenophobic thread running through the American political narrative these days with roots going back to the Know-Nothing Party of the mid-nineteenth century and beyond. In milder versions, immigrants are portrayed as taking jobs from American citizens while burdening the safety net and social services. In the more toxic forms, immigrants are equated with criminality and lawlessness. Against that backdrop of hysteria, it’... Read More
(Joe Selvaggio had this commentary published in the Star Tribune recently and we thought it made a great business case for social justice. We're publishing it with his permission.) The rich can get richer by investing in the poor. When I tell my rich friends this, their first reaction is: “Are you crazy?” Adam Smith, the founder of capitalism, taught us to invest in the strong, the talented, the entrepren... Read More
Guest Blog by Jeff Edmondson According to the most recent U.S. Census, each year United States taxpayers spend $591 billion on elementary and secondary education. Of those funds, 91 percent comes from local and state sources. This makes up the vast majority of all resources spent on educational improvement, followed by private philanthropy contributing about $5 billion annually. This leads us to a very clear and undeniable conc... Read More
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