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Jul 05th

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The Black Caucus in the 112th Congress

As they assembled at the US Capitol for the 112th Congressional session a record number 44 African Americans were sworn in as Members of the House of Representatives.   The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) gained national recognition when its Members met with President Richard Nixon in March of 1971 and presented him a list of 60 recommendations for governmental action on domestic and foreign issues. Today, the CBC, whose membership is exclusive to Blacks, represents the political aspirations of 13 percent of the American population and comprises 9.6 percent of the Congress.
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Racial health disparities

Republicans, trying to make good on campaign promises, are working hard to repeal the 2010 healthcare law that, once fully implemented, will provide health insurance in some form for all Americans.  Those who supported the law realize that it’s imperfect but recognize that the law’s passage was an important first step. Over time, the law will save billions of dollars and ensure that Americans, regardless of income, can access medical help when they need it.
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Crime Stoppers and MPD Partner to Solve Shooting of 12 Year-old Girl

On November 12, 2010 just after 9 p.m. Guadalupe Galeno-Hernandez was standing on the steps at 3400 Chicago Avenue South when a man firing a handgun from a vehicle struck Guadalupe in the neck.  Guadalupe, it is believed, was not the intended target. She was seriously injured and later determined to be paralyzed as a result of this incident.  She still lies in the hospital.

The investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department’s Robbery/Assault Unit has reached a point where fresh information is needed to help solve this crime and prosecute those responsible.  As a result the Minneapolis Police Department has called upon its long time partner, Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, to assist in solving this case. 
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Restoring Dr. King’s dream through service

Through the years much has been said about service.  It has been called the “rent we pay to live on this earth,” a measure of greatness, and a “link to happiness.” As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to service, I am reminded and encouraged that service is restorative; service can be a connector; service can be a motivator; and service can be a solution to bridge economic gaps in our community.

I recently read the book “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post Associate Editor, Eugene Robinson. Robinson contends that instead of one “Black America” now there are four: Transcendent, Mainstream, Emergent, and Abandoned. Each of these 21st century groups has its own set of challenges, interests and aspirations. 
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A call to action in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The 'ought' vs. the 'is'

"Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Milestones in our lives, such as birthdays and anniversaries, automatically propel us into a state of reflection. We look back and take inventory on our progress, growth, change or lack there of. On the 25th anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, marked as a national holiday, we as a nation reflect on the progress we have made racially and civilly.
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Boeing deal means jobs for Minnesota

There is no need to expound upon the current lack of sustainable jobs in this country, or the still-foundering economic situation in which we still find ourselves. But as a business owner whose fate, as well as the fate of my employees, is linked to a decision the Pentagon is on the cusp of making, I feel it’s my responsibility to reiterate these sobering facts. And the legislature’s primary focus right now ought to be keeping jobs in America.
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A call to the Black church

A call to the Black churchOne evening I stood on a corner and watched a lot of young Black males sell drugs while a caravan of cars pulled up to the same house as if they were placing orders at a fast food pickup window.

Directly across the street I saw a Black Church. The members were in the parking lot greeting one another before they attended service. No one bothered to even look across the street.

I don’t think Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned his head to the negative activity in his backyard were he alive today. He probably would have walked across the street and talked to the Black males and found out what kind of level they were on before trying to raise their conscience. I wouldn’t have been surprised either if many of them stopped their activities to at least hear what he had to say.
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