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Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church celebrates contributions

On November 15, 1866, Pilgrim Baptist Church was formally organized. The African American congregation, granted mission status by the First Baptist Church of St. Paul, met in various residences for a number of years before constructing a church at Thirteenth and Cedar Streets in St. Paul. Robert Hickman would be ordained eleven years later and would become the congregation’s official pastor.  The history of Pilgrim Baptist Church (Pilgrim) is rich and intertwined into the historical happenings of the State of Minnesota. For all of its contributions, Pilgrim has been designated a Historical Site.  The following excerpts provide a glimpse into the story of Pilgrim. 
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Number of Minnesota children living in poverty up 56 percent

Between 2008 and 2009, nearly 34,000 more children were living in poverty in Minnesota, according to the American Community Survey. This continues an alarming trend in Minnesota that has seen a 56% increase (60,000 more children) in children living in poverty since 2000. Poverty is defined as an annual income of below $21,947 for a four-person family.

Additionally, Minnesota’s increase is greater than other states, causing the state’s ranking to decline from 5th to 12th. “All of these dramatic shifts in poverty numbers raise great concern for our children’s future,” stated Jim Koppel, Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)–Minnesota Director, “because we know that living in poverty is the greatest predictor of future struggles for our children.”
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Nearly 8,000 families, individuals seek help with housing in eight months

Stimulus money prevents homelessness, moves people off streets, out of shelters

Almost 8,000 families and single adults in Ramsey County needed help staying in their homes or finding a place to live because they were homeless, according to a report that covers the first eight months of a program funded with federal stimulus money.

In November 2009, the federal government allocated $1.8 million in federal stimulus money to prevent homelessness in families and single adults and to quickly find housing for families and single adults who recently became homeless in Ramsey County. The funds established the Housing Crisis Response in Ramsey County. The funding runs November 2009 through October 2011.
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Northeast residents unite to stop garbage transfer station

Northeast residents unite to stop garbage transfer stationResidents from Northeast and Southeast neighborhoods gathered last week at the Eastside Neighborhood Services Building gymnasium, 1700 2nd St. NE in Minneapolis to unite in their fight to stop the garbage transfer station and household hazardous waste facility proposed by the City.

Don’t Dump on Northeast is a group of concerned residents and businesses from Holland and Marshall Terrace Neighborhoods who are reaching out to the neighborhoods throughout Northeast Minneapolis to raise awareness about the City’s plan in hopes of stopping the waste facility. The meeting was held to get the word out about the City’s proposal and to get Northeast residents and businesses organized to pressure the City into dropping its plans.
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HAP approved as HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency

Hmong American Partnership (HAP) recently received approval as a Housing Counseling Agency from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country to provide free or low-cost services to help fulfill the HUD mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

HAP employs a full-time, bilingual Housing Counselor to provide services to Hmong- and English-speaking community members through the following programs: Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Counseling and Education; Foreclosure Counseling and Education; Rental Counseling and Education; and Refugee Supportive Housing Network Case Management.
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The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Youth Literacy Plus Program

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Youth Literacy Plus Program (SYLP) is a year-round program for elementary and secondary education students from high-poverty neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed to assist students with reading, writing, and math skills as well as supervise extra-curricular activities such as arts and crafts, field trips, and recreational sports. Students meet at McDonough Community Center, 1544 Timberlake Road, St. Paul, MN.

Elementary Education students meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 – 6 p.m. Secondary Education students meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. These newer immigrants have limited English-speaking skills. Volunteers will not only assist them with their homework but also with general life issues, such as job and college searches. Volunteers attend a two-hour orientation. Contact Nicki Hyser, Volunteer Coordinator:

Nicola.Hyser@CO.RAMSEY.MN.US
or call 651-266-9373 (office); 651-248-2430 (cell).

Are you gonna stand with Obama?

For the Democrats’ Black partisans the message is simple: Stand With President Obama, Vote November 2.

Leading Democrats are betting that if the midterms are a “referendum on Obama” they like their odds with the party’s African American base.   Nine out of every ten African Americans have an unwavering loyalty towards the Democratic Party.  So, to tap into President Barack Obama's high approval rating among Blacks the head of Democratic National Committee (DNC) has approved a $2 million advertising outreach effort among African Americans for the 2010 November midterm elections.  The ad-buy says: "Stand With President Obama. Vote November 2."
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