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Addressing All Types of Violence with Peace

Bjorn Ihler’s talk tonight, his final appearance during the week he spent as Heartland’s guest in Minnesota, circled back to the role that civil society organizations like Heartland Democracy can and will have in leading top-level conversations between people in…

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Modeling More for Our Youth

In collaboration with Hamline University, Heartland recently hosted the first of two events featuring Bjorn Ihler. Mr Ihler is an academic, activist, technologist and storyteller working to end extremism. He is influenced by his experiences as a survivor of the…

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Letter from Executive Director Mary McKinley

Heartland Democracy applied for a federal grant in 2016 to continue and expand our work on education, civic engagement, and community resilience, and we are dedicated to serve the students, parents, immigrants, and refugees who participate in our programs. Our…

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Teaching the True Story of MLK

Melinda Anderson, writing for The Atlantic, offers an excellent perspective on the teaching social justice. She states, As the country observes the federal holiday named in King’s honor, it seems that schools are increasingly coming under sharp criticism from educators…

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From Board Chair Sara Evans

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2015 was a breakthrough year for Heartland Democracy and our work creating new models for civic engagement that can begin to address some of the most pressing issues of our time. As the year is coming to a close, I…

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Recent Report Debunks Common Immigration Myths

Immigrants march in DC, 9/2006

According to a recently published study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, immigrants are healthier, learning English faster than ever, and less likely to commit crime than native born Americans.  In a summary article, Think Progress‘s immigration reporter Esther Yu-Hsi…

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Empowering U Part of Groundbreaking Experiment

Heartland Democracy has been asked to participate in a groundbreaking experiment in the Twin Cities. Empowering U will be the key program for a young Somali-American man as he is released from custody pending his trial.  Judge Michael Davis has…

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Heartland Democracy in the News

We’ve had some great media coverage of our efforts and our methodology: On Sunday, April 29, Heartland Democracy was featured on the front page of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, in an article about our work and our coach, high school teacher Ahmed…

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McKinley Named Executive Director

Mary McKinley has been named executive director of Heartland Democracy. She has been involved with the organization since it was founded by Tom Vellenga almost 9 years ago, first as a member of the Advisory Board and then as a…

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