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Sep 01st


Sabathani Community Center names new executive director

Sabathani Community Center names new executive directorClyde Turner has been named executive director of Sabathani Community Center, announces Shana Zaiser, chair of Sabathani’s board of directors. Turner will begin his assignment on February 14 becoming Sabathani’s fourth executive director since the organization began in 1966.

“It is a great honor to be selected executive director of Sabathani,” says Turner. “I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to facilitate growth and meet the challenges ahead.”

Clyde Turner has more than 34 years of experience in human services working with communities, families and children. Turner was most recently Manager of Ramsey County Family Support Services Division composed of the Child Foster Care, Adult Foster Care, Adoption and Guardianship units. Turner has served on the boards of Phyllis Wheatley, YMCA, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota and National Foster Parent.

Education is, and remains the central threshold for improving quality of life for all

History has demonstrated this to the case.

I remember growing up in a family with deep southern roots. Every time I headed south I was frequently reminded of the sacrifices made by many for black children so they could have an equal opportunity to learn, read and write, attend college, and succeed. A generation later, as I raise my own children, I am disappointed that we are not meeting our call as a just society to provide all our children with the best opportunity to succeed in the classroom. 

A national tragedy and my apology

My cellphone pinged on Saturday to say I had a message.  I was in the middle of lunch and chose to ignore it.  When I picked it up a couple of hours later, I felt the same sickness that millions did, learning that Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt.

Television news bubbled over with the news, with fact, spin, and interpretation.  Would all 435 members of Congress need ramped up security?   Was hate speech the basis of this shooting?   I even saw Neil Boortz, the peripatetic Atlanta lawyer and talk show host suggest that President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama had been guilty of some of the same hate speech that the right has been accused of.   Please.

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.

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.

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. 

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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