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Mar 31st


Statement by the Press Secretary on balancing the budget

The President has been advocating a balanced plan that would reduce our deficit by $4 trillion by making large cuts in domestic and Pentagon spending, reforming entitlement programs, and closing tax loopholes for corporations, millionaires and billionaires.  This sort of approach won support from Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, but the House Republicans walked away after insisting that the budget be balanced on the backs of seniors and the middle class.

State Rep. Jeff Hayden announces run for State Senate

State Representative Jeff Hayden (DFL – Minneapolis) announced he will run for the State Senate in District 61, after it was reported that State Sen. Linda Berglin would resign her office to pursue a new opportunity with Hennepin County.

“I congratulate Senator Berglin on her unparalleled career in the Minnesota Senate where she fought for progressive values and led the charge for better health care in Minnesota,” said Hayden. “I wish her the best of luck and thank her for her hard work and leadership.”

Facing Race Idea Challenge produces winning ideas for reducing racism

Facing Race Idea Challenge produces winning ideas for reducing racismSome 49 Minnesotans submitted fresh ideas to reduce racism in their communities for the 2011 Facing Race Idea Challenge. A panel of judges comprising community volunteers, short-listed five finalists whose ideas were then put to public vote at the Facing Race Idea Challenge website, hosted in partnership with InCommons.

"We were very pleased with the quality and creativity of the ideas submitted to the Facing Race Idea Challenge," says Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of The Saint Paul Foundation. "Congratulations to our winning grant recipients and to all who participated in this important effort to reduce racism in Minnesota."

UCLA student sheds light on shadow population

UCLA student sheds light on shadow populationPart two in a six-part series profiling the winners of the Freedom From Fear Awards.

The night before he announced he was undocumented on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Freedom from Fear Award winner David Cho wrote a farewell letter to his friends and family in case he was deported once it became known that he didn't have the papers to live legally in the United States. "I didn't know what would happen to me," said the 21-year-old.

The future of Minnesota is at stake in budget debate

The future of Minnesota is at stake in budget debateThis state government shutdown is painful for many Minnesotans.  I am often asked, “Why?  Why are you and Republican legislators putting us through these hardships?”

I believe that the future of Minnesota is at stake.  Our way of life, what makes Minnesota special and successful, hangs in the balance.

Will we continue to have one of the best higher education systems in the world?  Not with the 19% funding cut to the University of Minnesota and the 14% reduction to MnSCU campuses that the Republicans proposed.  A mediocre educational system will lead to a mediocre state economy in the years ahead.

MN Government Shutdown and You

As you have probably heard, Minnesota’s government has shut down. This means that many services we regularly use are no longer open.

To learn more about the reason for the shutdown, what services are affected, and additional resources available watch ECHO Minnesota’s program, “MN Government Shutdown and You.”

In this program, community members, experts, and ECHO hosts come together to bring important information to communities about the Minnesota government shutdown.

Congresswoman McCollum confronts Republicans on EPA Budget Cuts, environmentally destructive policies

Washington, DC – Recently, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) participated in the markup of the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that sets funding levels for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior and other agencies within the subcommittee’s jurisdiction.  The proposed spending bill led by the House Republican majority includes drastic cuts that will threaten the safety of America’s drinking water and let corporate polluters go free.

Congressman Keith Ellison calls on Congress to protect Social Security

WASHINGTON—Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), on Friday, July 8 introduced a resolution urging the House of Representatives to reiterate protections for Social Security and Social Security benefits. 

Discussions have been swirling that that the Social Security program might be cut as part of negotiations to prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt.  Rep. Ellison’s resolution notes that the Social Security trust fund actually has $2.7 trillion in assets on hand, and that any reform to improve Social Security’s long-term outlook should not decrease benefits or raise the retirement age.

Freedom From Fear Awards: Immigrant rights a new frontier for Black activist

Freedom From Fear Awards: Immigrant rights a new frontier for Black activistPart one in a six-part series profiling the winners of the Freedom From Fear Awards.

It was reading Malcolm X that convinced Chokwe Lumumba to go to law school. Malcolm X had wanted to be a lawyer, but his teachers discouraged him. As an undergraduate student at Kalamazoo College in Michigan in the late 1960s, Lumumba decided to be the lawyer that Malcolm X might have been.

In the nearly four decades since then, Lumumba as championed for civil rights in Michigan and Mississippi, working as a lawyer representing accused murderers in front of unsympathetic juries; as the vice-president of the Republic of New Afrika, a Detroit-based Black-nationalist group in the late '60s; and currently as a City Council Member in Jackson, Miss.

Obama Administration announces 14 initial partners in the Better Buildings Challenge

Obama Administration announces 14 initial partners in the Better Buildings ChallengePrivate sector partners, local governments commit more than $500 million and 300 million square feet to improving energy efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced last month at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago the 14 initial partners committing to the Better Buildings Challenge.  The Better Buildings Challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative that President Obama launched in February to catalyze private sector investment in commercial building upgrades and make America’s commercial buildings 20 percent more efficient over the next decade.  The Better Buildings Initiative is co-led by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and former President Clinton.  Earlier last month, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness recommended to President Obama prioritizing the Better Buildings Initiative as an important way to support job creation.  The initial partners in the Better Buildings Challenge include private sector companies, financial institutions and local governments. 

The Wavelength: FCC decries lack of Media Diversity, stymies low-power tv

Local coverage and diversity are in short supply in today's media landscape–especially when it comes to broadcast and cable TV. But there is hope. In markets like the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, low-power TV (LPTV) is emerging as a viable alternative to network and cable TV, offering 24-hour programming and locally-produced news shows for ethnic communities in their own languages.

While LPTV offers incredible opportunities for ethnic communities, as I reported for New America Media, these stations face considerable challenges, including an unfriendly regulatory landscape and the weighty influence of the big-bucks telecommunications industry, which just wants LPTV to go away so it can claim the full digital spectrum.
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