Faith and community leaders announce initiative to close the race gap in Minnesota's juvenile justice system
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:29
On Thursday February 5, faith leaders from African American communities and ISAIAH joined community and state leaders to announce their commitment to end racial disparities in Minnesota's juvenile justice system.
AME church leaders cite Black economic empowerment as 2015 goal
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:25
Hazel Trice Edney
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, he and other protestors had won passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Therefore, his agenda had turned toward the next major issue - economic empowerment for Black people.
Transit riders, faith and community groups call for expanded public transportation funding
Friday, 13 February 2015 14:19
100 transit riders from ISAIAH, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and other members of the Move MN coalition joined with state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, State Senator Scott Dibble, Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, and State Representative Frank Hornstein in a rally outside the State Capitol, calling on the legislature to guarantee expanded public transportation as part of a comprehensive, multimodal transportation plan.
Change in state purchasing policy creates more opportunities for veteran, minority, and woman-owned small businesses
Friday, 13 February 2015 14:01
The Minnesota Department of Administration announced recently that it will enhance the ability of certain small businesses to compete for state contracts. Starting February 1, when small businesses owned by women, minorities, people with physical disabilities, or veterans bid for state contracts, existing preferences will apply to a larger portion of the contract’s value. This increase also applies to small businesses located in economically disadvantaged areas of the state.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:20
State Representative Raymond Dehn (DFL-59B)
The legislative session is now a month old. The Governor and both legislative bodies have released their budgets and transportation proposals. The transportation initiatives of Governor Dayton and the House Republicans couldn't be further apart. On one hand we have a balanced approach that benefits all Minnesotans, on the other we have a short-term, quick fix approach that provides half the funding that was passed in 2014 and leaves transit out entirely.
Black accountants association to help with tax returns
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:34
The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA, Inc.) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the AARP Foundation to promote the Tax-Aide program to multicultural low- and moderate-income citizens and seniors.
Justspeak: Who will protect the children?: The invisibility of the American Indian/Native American struggle
Friday, 06 February 2015 11:32
Irma McClaurin, PhD| Culture and Education Editor
Every parent of color hopes that their children will grow up without exposure to the brutality of racism and other forms of social injustice. That is the promise we hold when we give birth to them and first grasp their tiny hands and look into their eyes as parents. Few parents of color, however, are so lucky and can chronicle example upon example of micro-aggressions to which our children are subjected. My own children experienced such moments in their formative years at school: “what if I call you the ‘N’ word,” taunts of “Medusa” for having cornrow hair or wearing braids, and many more affronts throughout their youthful years, some of which they never disclosed. What we as parents of color pray is that our children never have to face a full frontal attack of racial slurs and the potential for violence. Although my children are now adults, and may face the same challenges as I when they have children, I’m still a parent, and it wrenches my heart to know that children from an American Indian school in South Dakota were the most recent recipients of the latest social injustice assaults that seems to be spreading like wildfire across this country.
Humphrey School's Professor Samuel Myers gets prestigious NEA Westerfield Award: Myers researched social policy impact on the poor
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:39
Dr. Samuel Myers, Jr., the Roy Wilkins professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has received the Samuel Z. Westerfield, Jr., Award by the National Economic Association (NEA).
AchieveMpls' Career and College Center helping North students go to college
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:35
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Simple mathematics ... by 2018, 70 percent of all jobs in Minnesota will require some form of post-secondary education. But in 2013, Black students in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) graduated at a paltry rate of just 57 percent.