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Nov 23rd


HUD Secretary details housing plan's benefits for African-Americans

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Black homeowners who were unfairly targeted for the subprime mortgages that helped topple the American economy now face the threat of similar predatory practices, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan told African American reporters this week.

Ellison applauds White House Liberian extension

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) welcomed President Obama’s recent decision to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status by 12 months to Liberians residing legally in the United States. There are approximately 3,600 Liberians in the United States on a temporary status including more than 1,000 Minnesotans.

State of Black America Report

The National Urban League is calling on President Barack Obama to specifically address Black unemployment, foreclosures, education and health care.

Federal Reserve: “Community Reinvestment Act – Not the Cause of the Housing Crisis”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) welcomed the unequivocal conclusion of Federal Reserve officials that the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was not responsible for the on-going housing crisis.

Unemployment rate nearly double for Black workers

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “Astounding” is how President Obama, speaking March 6 in Columbus, OH, characterized the nation’s new Unemployment figures - a staggering 8.1 percent, the highest since 1983 as employers pick up the pace of layoffs.

McCollum secures $20 million appropriation for Central Corridor Light Rail Transit

Washington, DC –Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04), Minnesota’s member on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, today announced $20 million in federal funding for the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project has been included in fiscal year 2009 omnibus appropriations bill slated for final passage on Wednesday.

GOP's Steele rejects Obama 'coat tailing' theory; Sets out to 'engage' Black community

WASHINGTON (NNPA)– New Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, the first African-American to hold the seat, rejects the notion that his Jan. 30 win was largely due to political “coat tailing” of the celebrated Barack Obama, America’s first Black president.

Obama lifts America's spirit in speech of hope, budget details to be released this week

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In his first speech before Congress, filled with the soaring inspiration reminiscent of his campaign, President Barack Obama Tuesday night promised the nation, “We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

A job is best social service program

Louis King, President of Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Centers, and H.I.R.E co-convener with environmentalist Will Steger, is preaching about the principles that guide his passion for getting our community back to work. He’s selling the world on his idea of responsibility, accountability and justice. He makes the point over and over again, whether talking to overflow Town Hall Meetings around Twin Cities, to the State Legislature in hearings at the Capitol, or in Legislative Hearings in the community, or in churches he views and visits as core institutions at the heart of his efforts to create jobs for our community.

Champion: MnDOT must embrace inclusion

Community leaders and workforce advocates put the fire to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, demanding increased transparency and accountability in the departments’ minority employment and contract awarding practices.

Remarks from President Barack Obama - A big first step -- thank you

Today, I signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.

This is a historic step -- the first of many as we work together to climb out of this crisis -- and I want to thank you for your resolve and your support.

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