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Mar 03rd


MN Second Chance Coalition’s Day on the Hill

MN Second Chance Coalition’s Day on the Hill On Wednesday January 26, the MN Second Chance Coalition gathered in the State Capitol Rotunda for their ‘Day on the Hill’ to stand up for and support individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. Second Chance is a non-partisan consortium of nonprofits and companies working to raise statewide awareness regarding the barriers facing individuals with criminal records. They highlight the importance of Second Chance; and advocate for fair and responsible laws that allows people who have been through the criminal justice system to redeem themselves, fully support themselves and their families, and contribute to their communities to their full potential. Increasing employment opportunities for individuals with criminal records is crucial to their reintegration and to strengthening communities.

North High community education program offers afterschool horticulture program

North High community education program offers afterschool horticulture programAn afterschool horticulture project/program Project Sweetie Pie (How Sweet It Is!) will be starting up at North High School in Minneapolis. Sweet potato starter plants will be grown in the green house located at the school as part of a entrepreneurial training program for youth.

Starter plants grown this spring at North High and Gordan Parks High School in St. Paul will be disseminated to other youth garden sites throughout the Twin Cities. At the end of the growing season harvested sweet potatoes will be purchased and processed into Sweet Potato Pies by Rose McGee of Deep Roots Gourmet Foods.

Power Brokers Public Policy Forum hosted by Community Action of Minneapolis

Community Action of Minneapolis hosts the Power Brokers Public Policy Forum on Monday ,February 28, 2011 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Minneapolis Urban League’s Sharon Sayles Belton Center located at 411 East 38 Street in Minneapolis.

Join Community Members and Guest Speakers; Minnesota State Representative Bobby Joe Champion, Minnesota State Representative Jeff Hayden, Nan Madden, The Director of the Minnesota Budget Project at the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits, Gregory Gray, Former Executive Director of the legislative Commission to end Poverty  and Jeff Bauer, Director of Public Policy and Civic Engagement at the Family Partnership and Partner member of HIRE Minnesota to discuss the serious impact of the current budget deficit on community members and neighborhoods across the state. Minnesota faces a current budget shortfall of 6.5 million dollars this biennium.

U of M College of Continuing Education Celebrates Black History Month with Witness to History Event Featuring Noted Civil Rights Activist Josie Johnson

U of M College of Continuing Education Celebrates Black History Month with Witness to History Event Featuring Noted Civil Rights Activist Josie JohnsonThe equal rights advocate will share her take on the historical moments she helped create

A civil rights activist since her teenage years, Josie Johnson has firsthand experience of some of the most contentious and volatile times in American history. Her impact on the fight for equal opportunities has been felt both locally and nationally.

As a teen, she and her father openly organized an effort to fight a poll-tax aimed at preventing Black Americans from voting. In 1964, she traveled to Mississippi with an integrated group of women to witness firsthand and take part in the struggle for civil rights.

Make your voice heard this session

We are one month in to the 2011 legislative session. It’s been invigorating to get back to the State Capitol to represent our community and to work on the important challenges facing our state.

There is a lot at stake this session. We need to address a record $6.2 billion budget deficit and there are still over 200,000 Minnesotans out of work. My promise to you is that I will vigorously fight for fair solutions that raise up all Minnesotans. My challenge for you is to get involved. Talk with your neighbors, families and me about the concerns and ideas you have to make our community better. To help us both hold up our ends of the bargain, I will continue to provide regular updates in the newspaper, with e-mail newsletters, and on twitter and facebook so that you can track the action at the State Capitol and make your voice heard. 

Juvenile crime continues to decline

The Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has reported a 10% reduction in the average daily population of the county’s Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) from 2009 through the 3rd quarter of 2010 by using community-based programs as an alternative to JDC.

The JDAI is a collaborative effort of the courts, probation, police, county attorneys, public defenders, schools, human services, and community members to create an effective, fair, and efficient juvenile justice system that produces positive outcomes for youth, while at the same time protecting public safety.

WCCO to air United Negro College Fund's "An Evening of Stars" tribute to Chaka Khan

WCCO TV will broadcast United Negro College Fund’s television special, An Evening of Stars® Tribute to Chaka Khan., it was announced today by Brien Kennedy, WCCO TV Vice President and General Manager. The two-hour special will air Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10:35 P.M.
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