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Cedar Rapids’ Dedric Doolin elected new National NAACP Board Member

Cedar Rapids’ Dedric Doolin elected new National NAACP Board MemberDedric Doolin was installed to the NAACP’s National Board of Director this month. The board selected Doolin as a replacement for Rev. Keith A. Ratliff who resigned earlier this year. Doolin was officially installed on October 20, 2012 in Arlington, Maryland by Leon Russel, Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the nation’s largest civil rights organization. 
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NAACP polls Black voters

For the civil rights community, Election Day was an undeniable victory. Ballot initiatives promoting equality were passed in several key states and Minnesota's attempt to restrict voting rights was struck down. An NAACP swing state poll conducted in the days leading up to the election showed that African Americans were engaged on these issues, and offered a snapshot of the black electorate at this point in history.
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Ellison statement in anticipation of U.N. Vote on Palestinian Statehood

Ellison statement in anticipation of U.N. Vote on Palestinian StatehoodWASHINGTON- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement in anticipation of the United Nations General Assembly vote to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority at the United Nations to non-member observer state:
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Gala honors Congressman Rangel worked to rebuild Haiti

Gala honors Congressman Rangel worked to rebuild HaitiNew York, N.Y. Congressman Charles B. Rangel was honored by The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation with its Humanitarian Award for his decades of work to encourage development in Haiti. Among his many contributions, Rangel created the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act of 2010, which provides additional trade preferences to Haitian textile and apparel imports, which is currently helping Haiti recover from the devastation of the earthquake.
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Wells Fargo supporting military service

Wells Fargo & Company recently announced it is committing $35 million over the next three years as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting military service members and veterans.
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Hayden appointed Senate Majority Deputy Leader

Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) announced on Nov. 14th the appointment of State Senator Jeffrey Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) as Deputy Leader of the Senate Majority Caucus for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session. As Deputy Leader, Senator Hayden will work in cooperation with Majority Leader-designate Bakk and Assistant Majority Leader-designate Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove).
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Progressives want Deal for All in budget negotiations

President Obama this week heard from progressive legislative leaders as part of his strategy to build consensus for tax reforms that will avert the looming budget crises. Following the meeting, Keith Ellison D-MN5, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said, "The American people voted for fairness last week. It's time for Congress to listen.
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The last time I jumped off a cliff hitting the water felt like a punch below the belt

So I asked my client, "Have you ever jumped off a cliff?" Well I have. Actually it was the day before my wedding. I was at Rick's Cafe in Negril, Jamaica. Now I'm no expert but the one thing I can tell you about jumping off a cliff is that you can't guarantee how you're going to land. Feet first, head first, belly fl op, become paralyzed, die...you just don't know and that's a scary feeling.
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Family working to cope with loss after mother of five killed in crash; fund established for kids

Family working to cope with loss after mother of five killed in crash; fund established for kidsTyan Taylor-Douglas' life revolved around her kids.
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New Miss Black Minnesota and Miss Black Teen Minnesota crowned

New Miss Black Minnesota and Miss Black Teen Minnesota crownedRed was the color of the evening for the Miss Black Minnesota USA Pageant.
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Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson honored for efforts in raising awareness about labor protections for domestic workers

Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson honored for efforts in raising awareness about labor protections for domestic workersWashington, DC—Last week, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) hosted "Leading with Love," a special gala and awards dinner celebrating more than 10,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers who work as part of the NDWA every day, as well as the movement's special champions Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson.
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