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Author Archives: Vina Kay

Building a Vision and Agenda for Racial and Economic Justice in OUR MPLS

This is adapted from a presentation I gave at the OUR MPLS Racial Justice Community Dialogue with Mayor Betsy Hodges on January 5, 2014 at All My Relations Gallery. Through … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Conundrum of Consumerism

If your Facebook feed was like mine on Black Friday, it was full of contradictions. Many friends were heading to protests – against a too low minimum wage, working conditions … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

12 Years a Slave: Lessons for a Family Learning Together

From the very beginning of the movie, my heart was in my throat. Tight, anxious. I knew the story and knew it would be hard. But film has a way … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Safe Travels? Racial Profiling is Alive and Well in America

We were not in a hurry to get past security this particular day in July. At the end of a family vacation in the Pacific Northwest, we were heading back … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

On Hating School, Loving Education, and Seeking Happiness

I’m just like any other parent. I want my children to love learning, to be engaged in the world, to feel comfortable in their own skin. Most of all, I … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

From Teaching to Transformation

I have been thinking about teachers. These days, the news is about teacher unions and mediation, teacher performance evaluations, the pros and cons of Teach for America. But instead of … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Good Death – and a Reluctant Letting Go

Milo’s work is done. We said goodbye to him on Monday morning, as he went to sleep peacefully. He had the help of our vet on his journey, the last … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Power of the “R” Word to Inflame and Change

Every one of us holds bias. We see someone coming down the street and make an assumption that informs our behavior. We fail to see how others in the same … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

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