“I think it goes without saying but we’ve had a massive uptick in violent crime, specifically shootings. And some of the worst community/police relations in a long time. And that’s the mayor’s job. The police report exclusively to the chief. And the chief reports exclusively to the mayor. …

The nation turns its hopeful eyes to Minneapolis.

When I got the call that my friend Kirk Washington, Jr. was dead a thought shot through me like a lightning bolt: “The police killed him.”

Kirk was a wise and gentle man who used art and poetry to advance his calls…

Will Minneapolis accept the status quo or help blaze a trail towards a more equitable and efficacious system of public safety? Voters are wrestling with confusing charter amendments, fear of change, and hope for the future.

I recently got into a thoughtful discussion with a person I very much respect…

“Freedom is not a state; it is an act.” Representative John Lewis

While watching federal paramilitaries assault protesters in Portland I was reminded of a similar time: the nation-wide rallies and marches against President Ronald Reagan’s devastating policies in Guatemala and other Central American countries.

In the 1980’s the Reagan…

Just as we are called on to unite against a deadly pandemic, there are those who would undermine progress that has taken over a century to achieve.

Chances are you’ve never really wondered how Mother’s Day came to be. The cynics among us might imagine a room full of crafty…

… and guess who’s got a plan for that.

Three months ago one of my closest friends was hospitalized with a serious infection in her arm. Over the course of a few days doctors battled the infection with antibiotics and surgeries. Liz nearly lost her arm and faces months of rehabilitation to regain full use of her arm and…

Camille J Gage

Camille J. Gage is a Minneapolis based artist and writer.

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