Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:51
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist
Despite ill-intended efforts to do it for us, Black Americans have a responsibility to define our own reality. It is a fundamental human right recognized and respected by the United Nations. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to define, without apology, the deadly and debilitating manifestation of racial discrimination and injustice as "economic racism."
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:30
Commentary by Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist
Mass incarceration in the United States is counterproductive and disproportionately causes a long-term injury to Black Americans and others who remain trapped in poverty and disillusionment. How is it that the richest nation on earth and the most technologically advanced society now has the largest prison population in the world?
Star Tribune’s article on Minneapolis Urban League intentionally misleads
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:44
Minneapolis Urban League
The April 13 article by Star Tribune Reporter Alejandra Matos, “Minneapolis Urban League Under Fire for Potential Double Billing” was intentionally misleading and failed to share the true facts. We were quite disappointed to read Ms. Matos’ final product after spending hours with her and providing her with copies of contracts and reports. We even offered to make available students and program participants to tell the tremendous impact that the Urban League Academy Alternative School and the Urban League 13th Grade Program has had on their lives. Ms. Matos rejected our offer and ignored the pages of material we presented documenting our great work with these programs. Sadly, she chose to present a biased and cynical fairy tale masquerading as a news story.
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:38
Gary L. Cunningham, Jeffery A. Hassan, Ravi Norman, Toni Carter
The StarTribune article on March 18, "Nonprofit paid to help with minority hiring at stadium short of goal...Workforce Is Diverse, But No Thanks to Nonprofit That Was Hired to Help", totally missed the mark. We expect better of the StarTribune.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tell the tobacco industry to STOP selling candy-flavored death
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:25
Ni Ora Hokes, CHW, CD(DONA), M.Ed.
Minnesota residents, in particular north Minneapolis, should pay close attention to the new television ad launched by ClearWay Minnesota this past week to raise awareness about how the tobacco industry targets flavored tobacco products at certain populations; especially African Americans and youth. Unfortunately, these tobacco companies sell products in flavors that mask the harshness of tobacco – such as strawberry and grape to make it more appealing. So, parents/guardians and youth should beware because our communities suffer higher rates of disease and death due to smoking. Everyone should know that lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other tobacco-related diseases are leading causes of death in other populations; as well.
Proposal would end affordable health care for more than 100,000 Minnesotans
Thursday, 02 April 2015 15:46
On March 10, Representative Matt Dean introduced a bill that would dismantle a path to affordable health care for more than 100,000 Minnesotans. MinnesotaCare is a successful, decades-old health insurance option for working Minnesotans. MinnesotaCare offers these Minnesotans affordable health insurance that meets their health care needs – something they can't find in the private market. The large, negative budget targetgiven to the House Health and Human Services Committee lends dangerous momentum to this proposal that would have serious consequences across the state.