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Apr 01st


Minnesotans with Chicago roots speak out on the killings in their hometown

In all of last year Minneapolis tallied a total of 41 murders – Chicago had already eclipsed that number in January of 2013 – and the death toll keeps rising.

Food fight: Seeking a recipe for school safety, respect, and inclusion

Food fight: Seeking a recipe for school safety, respect, and inclusionMinneapolis School Board Member Hussein Samatar and the South High School Somali-American students are calling on Minneapolis School District to better provide for their safety and to hire Somali speaking staff members.

What we can do to reclaim Black children

What we can do to reclaim Black childrenSix years after I first heard them, the statistics still haunt me: Eighty-six percent of Black children in the fourth grade read and do math below their grade level. Black girls between the ages of 15 and 24 represent the greatest number of new HIV infections. Homicide is the leading cause of death for our boys. The village is on fire! And our love is the saving, healing water that legions of our children are literally dying for. When we listen we hear their cries rising above the flames. Their voices carry the incendiary pain and humiliation of intergenerational poverty that turns dreams to ashes: days of missed meals, uncertain safety and poorly resourced schools that plenish the pipeline to prison. These are among the many grievous thefts of potential impoverishing the lives of Black children in the land of plenty, a land made rich and powerful on the backs of our ancestors. And it's happening on our watch.

Labor leaders mobilize national immigration reform movement

Labor leaders mobilize national immigration reform movementWashington, DC – Comprehensive immigration reform with a road map to citizenship is essential to all of America's workers, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a telephone press conference Thursday, February 7, as he an Maria Elena Durazo, chair of the AFL-CIO's immigration Committee announced the labor movement's campaign for a common-sense immigration process.

Hospitality Alliance salutes Black executives

Hospitality Alliance salutes Black executivesThe Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) recognizes Black/African American, Asian Pacific American and Hispanic/Latino leaders every year through its popular Multicultural Advertising Tribute Series. Receiving a growing volume of participation from the industry's senior leaders each year, the full-page advertising features are a great way to showcase these outstanding individuals, to communicate the industry's commitment to supporting and advancing multicultural talent as while motivating young talented individuals to follow in their footsteps.

Rep. Keith Ellison visits Somalia to address refugee issues

Rep. Keith Ellison visits Somalia to address refugee issuesMOGADISHU—Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia recently on a humanitarian trip to discuss the status of Somali refugees and U.S. remittances with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and leaders of the new Somali government. Rep. Ellison is the first Member of Congress to visit Somalia since the United States recognized the Somali government earlier this year.

Prescription for ending AIDS in Black America

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A new study by the Black AIDS Institute says that the end of the AIDS epidemic is within reach, but to get there it will cost the federal government roughly $300 million, a tough sell at a time when a fractured Congress stumbles toward the next fiscal deal.

Cherryhomes announces bid for mayor

Cherryhomes announces bid for mayorThe DFL field for Minneapolis mayor increased by one as former city council president and Northsider, Jackie Cherryhomes announced her candidacy for the city's top job.

Landmark Third Avenue South bridge over I-94 to be rededicated to honor Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton

Landmark Third Avenue South bridge over I-94 to be rededicated to honor Mayor Sharon Sayles BeltonA special project announced by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to honor former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton is underway. The City of Minneapolis will renovate the landmark, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired bridge on Third Avenue South over Interstate 94 and rededicate it as the "Sharon Sayles Belton Bridge." The plaza at the foot of the north side of the bridge will feature a new public artwork that will honor Mayor Sayles Belton's historic accomplishments.

Prosecutors: Keep guns from hands of people with history of violence

 Prosecutors: Keep guns from hands of people with history of violenceSenator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), Representative John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the introduction of legislation to allow prosecutors to crack down on those dangerous people who already have committed serious crimes and still possess a gun.

Obama challenges Congress to complete unfinished task

Obama challenges Congress to complete unfinished taskWASHINGTON (NNPA) – After laying out a progressive agenda for his second term in his inaugural address, President Obama followed up Tuesday night with a series of specific proposals in his State of the Union address that include increasing and indexing the minimum wage, repairing deteriorated infrastructure, and investing in education and clean energy.
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