Friday Afternoon Reads
Here, you'll find our weekly round-up of links from the Minnesota 2020 staff and writers. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Leading for a Greater Minnesota (Organizing Apprenticeship Project) -- On Wednesday, Organizing Apprenticeship Project led a rally for equity at the capitol, presenting the legislature with an inspiring vision for what they might do if they made racial justice the framework for decision making.
The Dalai Lama’s Ski Trip: What I learned in the slush with His Holiness. (Slate) -- This is just a fun and uplifting read!
From Grid Waste to Good Taste (Ensia) -- Environmental scientist and writer Justin Lichter offers an exciting prospect in the U's Ensia online mag for turning power grid electrical waste into a green house farming resource, and the potential is great.
Hennepin County among best in nation at closing housing-affordability gap (MinnPost) -- "Good news" is always a bit of a stretch in housing equity, but Hennepin County's progress at increasing its stock of affordable housing relative to the number of families in need is, indeed, good. With that said, it's nowhere near enough; there are only 42 affordable units for every 100 families in the greatest need, the fifth best ratio in the country.
Day 2: A World Class Transportation System (Strong Towns) -- I've long admired Minnesota conservative Charles Marohn's deep critiques of post-WWII U.S. transportation and development policies. This week his Strong Towns blog is featuring a five-part series conceived mainly as a response to the MOVE MN transportation funding campaign. He doesn't like it; we think it has some merit. That said, his second installment offers great insight about the inherent weakness of our system of paying for roads and bridges.
Energy Sec. Predicts 30-40 Pct. Renewable Energy By 2030 (Here & Now) -- Cool interview with Secretary Moniz about the future of energy, particularly nuclear and renewables.
A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed (Gawker) -- An amazing article on race, the prison industrial complex and death row from the graceful perspective of an inmate on death row.
The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary (BBC) -- The cost of sanitary napkins is prohibitive for many rural women in India, leading to menstrual practices that are not always effective or hygienic. This article tells the story of an Indian man who overcame many obstacles to invent a machine that makes affordable sanitary pads. The machines have now spread across rural India, and may soon expand to more countries.