West Florissant explodes in protest of police shooting, more than 30 arrests
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:59
Special to the NNPA from the, St. Louis American
ST. LOUIS — What started as a peaceful prayer vigil for Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was killed by Ferguson police, ended in an explosion of looting and destruction in the North County area surrounding where the tragedy took place – and beyond.
Attorney Don Lewis to lead independent investigation of police procedure in arrest of Al Flowers
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:54
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced recently that Minneapolis attorney Don Lewis will lead the independent investigation into the recent arrest of community activist Al Flowers. Lewis will investigate whether the involved officers violated department policy regarding use of force in connection with the arrest.
Insight News endorses Reva Chamblis for Brooklyn Park City Council
Monday, 11 August 2014 11:15
Insight News endorses Reva Chamblis for City Council in Brooklyn Park.
Thoughtful, organized and a coalition builder by nature, Chamblis brings a sense of tenacity and fearlessness that champions the idea of civic participation. In Chamblis, Brooklyn Park residents will find a keen ability to foster collaboration to address seemingly intractable education challenges. She will move the city forward in its bid to model responsible and fair government, safe and stable neighborhoods, an effective strategy for job creation and employment stability, and promote business development.
Leading by example, Chamblis’ focused attention to the needs of Brooklyn Park residents will encourage others to step up and connect with families, neighborhoods and institutions for exponential progress.
Insight News endorses Mahmoud Noor for Minnesota House of Representatives District 60B
Monday, 11 August 2014 11:05
The fierce urgency of now! Why we can’t wait…..
Our unreserved and emphatic endorsement of Mahmoud Noor is rooted to two sentiments that embody the history and legacy of Black advancement in Minnesota, in America and in the world.
First, we believe Noor is the very best person for the job today. Demographics and consequently reality reflect that the change we seek is the change that comes from within our community. Mahmoud Noor’s presence and his unique gifts firmly rest at the center of that change. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in a text describing “the fierce urgency of now,” ‘‘The old order ends, no matter what Bastilles remain, when the enslaved, within themselves, bury the psychology of servitude.’’ In the context of this election, Noor’s candidacy represents the end of the old order and the burying of the plea from even our political friends and pundits… “wait for your turn.”
Secondly, we believe voters can and will, in their own agency and for the sake of history, say, “We can’t wait.”
Another quote from Dr. King is relevant in the Noor campaign:
“Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter – but beautiful — struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.”
From Beyond Vietnam by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Guided by personal logistics: Entrepreneur Vincent owns The UPS Store
Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:21
Harry Colbert, Jr.
In 2007 Lindy Vincent decided red was not her color. Last year she decided brown suited her much better.
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - The winner of the U. S. Minority Business Development Agency's (MBDA) Lifetime Achievement Award says the economic fate of America's Black community "hangs in the balance" because "we are a fourth quarter people".
At the Minneapolis Convention Center on July 31, the City of Minneapolis and civil rights agencies from across the state hosted a Closing Ceremony to their Minnesota Summer of Civil Rights in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
OutFront Minnesota launches new strategic plan in the movement for LGBTQ equality
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 15:48
In the past two years, Minnesota has passed legislation for marriage equality and safe schools.
While advocates say these are huge milestones on the road to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, OutFront Minnesota, a leading LGBTQ organization, says there's still work to be done.
Community organizer Al Flowers says he was beaten unconscious on July 26 by Minneapolis police as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant at his home for his teenage daughter. Flowers said the assault started when he asked to see the arrest warrant.