Low rental vacancy rates and rising rents have led to competition for lower-priced units, finds a new Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) report.Minnesotans with low incomes are at greatest risk in this tight rental market.
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 15:05
Steven L. Belton, Interim President and CEO, Minneapolis Urban League
Days ago, a 21 year old man walked into a 124 year old church in Charleston, South Carolina on a mission of destruction. Consumed with hatred, he was welcomed with love. Puffed up with prejudice, he was patiently pastored. Grounded in violence, he was greeted in peace. Angry, deceitful and desperate, the young man witnessed joy, transparency and hope among the small group who welcomed him into their Bible study.
Minnesota moves to enhance state's diversity and inclusion
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:59
A report issued last week by the Governor's Diversity and Inclusion Council spells out the Council's work to improve diversity in the state's workforce and business supplier chain, and more equitably engage diverse people, communities, and businesses in the work of state government.
Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:44
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Seventeen states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws making it easier for ex-offenders to find jobs in the labor market. Now civil rights and community groups that advocate for returning citizens are pushing the White House to do the same.
HUD awards over $380,000 in additional housing counseling grants in Minnesota; funding follows nearly $3.3 million awarded in April
Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:27
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $380,000 to seven Minnesota organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. "Whether you're a first-time buyer or trying to keep the place you've always called home, knowledge is the key to financial empowerment," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "We're proud to support our housing counseling partners as they help American families achieve stability and prosperity."
Legislative Auditor: MUL received "Financial Clean Bill Of Health"
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:50
Steven Belton MUL Interim President
On Saturday, June 13, the Star Tribune published an editorial acknowledging the Office of the Legislative Auditor issued the Minneapolis Urban League a "financial clean bill of health" related to allegations it improperly billed the state for two of its education programs. The editorial calls for continued support of MUL programs and initiatives. The OLA's findings were first published on June 5 in an article by Star Tribune reporter Steve Brandt.
The National Black Church Initiative reaches out to the gay community in light of Supreme Court decision on gay marriage
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:28
Washington, D.C. – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African-American church goers is continuing efforts to generate civil discourse between the Black Church and the gay community.
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:26
Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For many outside the Black community, they had never seen anything like it. Though suffering and deep in pain from the loss of loved ones at the hands of Dylann Roof at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., they reflected the finest reflection of Christian values.
Legacy of slavery still impacts education in the South
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:20
HOUSTON – (June 22, 2015) – Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its effects are still felt today in K-12 education in the South, according to a new Rice University study, "How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South."
Justspeak: A Black mother weeps for America--STOP KILLING OUR BLACK SONS!
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:34
Irma McClaurin, PhD Culture and Education Editor
Editor's note: McFarlane Media and Insight News salute Dr. Irma McClaurin, Insight's Culture and Education Editor. McClaurin's column entitled "A Black mother weeps for America: Stop killing our Black sons!" won highest honors for Insight News, 1st Place – Best in Nation for Column Writing – at last week's Black Press of America annual convention in Detroit. National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its 75th Anniversary, and presented awards in 16 categories to member publications for stellar, exemplary work in newspaper journalism. More on other winners and the convention next week. Here we reprint McClaurin's award winning column.