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US activists critique government performance at UN Human Rights Review

Geneva – US activists in Geneva observing the government’s first-ever review by the UN’s top human rights body said the government failed to convince the world of its positive human rights record.

“If the US government delegation’s objective was to reclaim the mantel of global human rights leadership, it failed miserably in that effort,” said Ajamu Baraka, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), immediately after observing the US review.

“What we heard instead was an eloquent defense of US ‘exceptionalism’ – its view of itself as somehow having a ‘special status’ that does not require it to conform to internationally recognized human rights norms and standards.”
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Elections 2010: A powerful dilemma

2010 elections should be cause of alarm for Black Americans, but also present a unique window of opportunity for power building and power sharing.

First the good news:  Former St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington will become the second African American elected to the Minnesota Senate in history, and the first to be elected by a district with a sizable population of people of color.

The first Black State Senator, Dr. Robert Lewis, represented St. Louis Park, a Minneapolis suburb, winning election in a district that had virtually no people of color. Lewis ably represented his district and people of color throughout the state also looked to him for leadership and support. He delivered.
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Drum Major for education

Drum Major for educationMajor Topps Jr., 61, of Minneapolis, died Tuesday at North Memorial Medical Center, in Robbinsdale, MN. He was a drum major for education.

Born on Sep. 11, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan Topps was one of four children of Delores and Major Topps Sr.

Topps founded the organization Education is our Goal, which focused on the betterment of youth and Black youths get high school diplomas and pursue college degrees. 

He created and led several youth drum and dance corps, commanding the attention of children and their families with precision drumming and drills. He commanded the attention of the entire neighborhood on warm pre-dusk summer evenings. The joyous cacophony of Africa centric drum lines spoke distantly to all corners of the community. Even if you didn’t know exactly where they were holding practice, their rhythms infused the air with purposeful vitality, letting the elders know that the youth were ok.
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Minneapolis Park Board selects Jayne Miller as Superintendent

Minneapolis Park Board selects Jayne Miller as SuperintendentMinneapolis Park and Recreation Board commissioners unanimously voted to approve the selection of Jayne Miller from Ann Arbor, MI, as the next superintendent of the nationally acclaimed park system and authorized Board president John Erwin to negotiate a contract.

“Ms. Miller has the unique skills needed for the position of Superintendent and to help direct staff as we make needed changes moving forward,” said John Erwin, President of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “She has extensive experience in park and recreation leadership, budget management, community development, planning, environmental stewardship and public/private partnerships.”
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0il tanks exhausted, think tanks needed

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Excerpt from Nigeria’s 50th anniversary lecture at the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris. . Lecture video and audio are posted at http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=d1mClXleezY and emeagwali.com.

The man with wisdom is a shining torch that sheds light in our darkness and guides us out of our ignorance. I am often asked: "How do we build a stronger Nigeria through technological innovation?"

I came across the answer in 1963 sitting on the verandah of our house along Gbenoba Road, Agbor, Midwest Region. I was silently reciting a quotation on the masthead of the newspaper called the West African Pilot. It read: “Show the light and the people will find the way.”
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Warners’ Stellian honored with 'Emerging Award' at Minnesota Family Business Awards

Warners’ Stellian honored with 'Emerging Award' at Minnesota Family Business AwardsWarners’ Stellian Appliance Co. Inc. is named as the winner of its 2010 Emerging Award during the Minnesota Family Business Awards ceremony held Tuesday in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Family Business Awards are dedicated to recognizing outstanding Minnesota-based family businesses and promoting the considerable value family businesses bring to the state's economy and quality of life. Nearly 50 of Minnesota’s premier family businesses applied for the recognition.
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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie discusses 2010 election results; possible recount in Governor's race

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reviewed election night 2010 and discussed the potential recounts in the governor's race and other legislative races. "More than 55 percent of Minnesota's eligible voters went to the polls to cast ballots in federal, state and local races," said Ritchie. "While the results of yesterday's election will not be official until the state canvassing board certifies the election, it now appears that three legislative House races and the governor's race could potentially trigger automatic hand recounts."

An automatic recount is triggered by Minnesota Law (Minnesota Statutes M.S. 204C.35) when the margin between state, judicial and federal candidates is less than one-half of one percent. The legislative House District races that may trigger a recount include the race between King Banaian (R) and Carol Lewis (DFL) in district 15B; Kelby Woodard (R) and David Bly (DFL) in 25B and Rich Murray (R) and Robin Brown (DFL) in 27A.
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Ellison receives 100% rating from the 
Human Rights Campaign; Makes plea for “Equality and Inclusion”

Ellison receives 100% rating from the 
Human Rights Campaign; Makes plea for “Equality and Inclusion”Congressman Keith Ellison (Minneapolis) received a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in its Congressional Scorecard for the 111th Congress. The scorecard rates members of Congress on their support for legislation affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

“I am honored to have my work in Congress recognized by the tireless advocates for equality at the Human Rights Campaign,” Ellison said. “My life’s work is based on the principle that all Americans, regardless of race, class, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be guaranteed equal rights,” Ellison stated. “In light of the recent horrific tragedies within the LGBT community, I can hardly think of a more critical time to combat division and hate by raising a message of equality and inclusion and I thank HRC for their dedication to this work,” Ellison concluded.
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A Nigeria without oil

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Excerpt from Nigeria’s 50th anniversary lecture at the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris. . Lecture video and audio are posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1mClXleezY


I wish to look back to 1960, and forward to 2060, to share my thoughts about the challenges to, and opportunities for, building a stronger Nigeria through technology. In the past 50 years, Nigeria has grown economically stronger through its use of technology to discover and then recover petroleum. Fifty years ago, Nigeria had only one oil well. Fifty years later, that first oil well is empty and abandoned. Do the math: "How many oil wells will Nigeria have left in 50 years?"
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Plymouth Avenue Bridge closes as a safety precaution

The City of Minneapolis has closed the Plymouth Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River to all traffic as of Friday, Oct. 22. The bridge was closed as a precautionary measure following an inspection that revealed corroded cables within the internal bridge structure.

The bridge will remain closed as a safety precaution until further investigation can be completed and repairs can be made. The Plymouth Avenue Bridge is a post-tensioned box girder bridge, a type of bridge design that includes multiple redundancies in the structure, and which is not a fracture-critical design.
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Muslims for Peace campaign

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the oldest Muslim-American organization in the United States (here since 1920), has launched a nationwide “Muslims for Peace” campaign that features the peace message on 100 NYC transit buses and is being delivered door-to-door across the US (http://MuslimsForPeace.org). The St. Paul, Minnesota chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will participate in the brochure distribution Saturday, October 30th between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm..
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