Insight News

Jan 25th


Continue the Dream, by Serving Our Children

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to a dream of equality.  He dreamed of a day when “little black boys and black girls would be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

African-Americans are twice as likely to be caregivers to older loved ones

African-Americans are twice as likely to be caregivers to older loved ones WASHINGTON (NNPA) - There's an adage that tells us that we are once an adult but twice a child. That is because many in their “golden years” will be spent in the care of others. In fact, a new study suggests that almost a third of the country's adult population play a caregiver role to somebody over the age of 50, a disparate number of those caregivers being African American.

DVD examines effort to reach troubled NYC teens via rap

DVD examines effort to reach troubled NYC teens via rapChris ‘Kazi’ Rolle was born in the Bahamas where he was abandoned soon after birth by his mother who decided to start over on her own and set out for America. Understandably, Kazi grew up with a hole in his soul, and headed for New York City at the age of 14 to track her down.

A mother desperately needs gift of life

A mother desperately needs gift of life All was well for Jennifer Jones Austin and her family in the recent months leading into the holiday season.  Suddenly, her life depends on a gift from a possible stranger.  Jenas she is often referred to by those close to herthe 41 year old wife of Shawn Austin and mother to a daughter 12 and son eight, has garnered great contentment in numerous areas of her life.  The daughter of a prominent minister, the late Dr. William Augustus Jones, not only developed a fulfilling family life but a satisfying and purposeful professional existence as well. 

Are west coast salmon going extinct?

Are west coast salmon going extinct?Dear EarthTalk: What is the story with West Coast salmon runs? I’ve heard conflicting reports in regard to whether the fish are abundant or going extinct. --Rebecca Shur, Kirkland, WA

Report: Record number of MN Kids without a home for the holidays

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Most Americans are making plans for the holidays in their warm homes, but thousands of children will spend the holidays simply dreaming about a place to call home. A new report shows the number of Hennepin County homeless families has reached the highest level since 2000, and that number was 75 percent higher in September 2009 than in September 2006. Nearly 2,900 kids have been identified as homeless by Minneapolis and St. Paul schools.

Commission conveys African American perspectives on climate change to Copenhagen Conference (COP15)

COPENHAGEN − The climate change issue offers an enormous opportunity for addressing a broad range of social issues of critical concern to minority communities across the world, according to members of the U.S.-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change who are attending the United Nations’ climate talks here.

Be Counted on April 1 - Census 2010

In about 100 days, on April 1, the 2010 Census – the nationwide head count – begins. ,It is critical for African Americans, the second largest minority in the nation – and one that has been historically undercounted –to be counted.

Ellison supports landmark financial regulatory reform legislation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) joined a majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing this past week, H.R. 4173, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. 

Mayor Coleman praises Chief Harrington upon Chief’s announcement not to seek 2nd term

Saint Paul Police Chief John Harrington announced Wednesday that he won't be seeking another term as chief of the police department. A native of the southside of Chicago, Chief Harrington joined the department in 1977 and was named chief in 2004.

Discussions on job creation

On December 3, President Barack Obama held a forum on Jobs and Economic Growth in Washington D.C. While there were actually many good ideas for businesses and nonprofits to undertake in easing unemployment, the forum consisted of a lot of ‘good ole boy’ patting on the back for the great job the federal government is doing to bring the nation out of the recession.
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