50th Anniversary: Remembering the March on Washington
Friday, 16 August 2013 10:49
Presidential Medal of Honor recipient Rev. C.T. Vivian, Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Laysha Ward, President of Target Foundation and President Jimmy Carter joined community and corporate leaders last Sunday in an event in Atlanta marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Fifty years ago, Whitney M. Young Jr., president of the National Urban League from 1961-71, worked alongside his fellow civil rights, social justice and labor movement leaders to organize the March on Washington, where 300,000 people gathered to demand jobs and freedom. As America prepares to mark the anniversary of this historic gathering, the National Urban League, under the leadership of Marc H. Morial, will once again mobilize citizens across the nation to gather in Washington, D.C. and continue the push for economic empowerment and justice. The National Urban League is working in partnership with Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, and Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:28
Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Civil rights leaders will march on Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 24 to observe the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Now economists, labor groups and community stakeholders want to make sure that the Black jobs crisis gets top billing on the agenda.
Profiles in Excellence: Trista Harris – a career of giving
Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:24
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Trista Harris never dreamed of climbing the corporate ladder.
She never wanted to go near it. Since she was just a young child, Harris' drive was to work in the nonprofit sector, devoting her talents to community building – choosing people over personal gain. In doing so, Harris has risen to the top of the nonprofit ranks and now heads the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), an organization whose members represent three-quarters of all grant making in the state, awarding almost $1 billion annually. For Harris, her life is driven by fighting to stamp out inequality and injustice.
Metro Transit Police swear in 19 full-time officers
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:24
The Metro Transit Police Department has added 19 new full-time officers to its ranks. Officers were sworn in August 2, 2013 by Chief John Harrington at a ceremony in Minneapolis. "This well-qualified group of full-time officers will fill a key role for our region's growing transit system – particularly as we prepare for METRO Green Line light-rail service next year," Harrington said. "Metro Transit customers represent many different cultural backgrounds and this diverse group of officers is reflective of the many communities that make up the Twin Cities."
Minneapolis STEP-UP Youth Employment program celebrates 10 years and 18,000 internships
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:58
On Thursday, August 15 the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program celebrated 10 years of providing summer internship opportunities to Minneapolis youth in partnership with AchieveMpls and the Minneapolis WorkForce Centers. Since 2004, youth ages 14-21 have received nearly 18,000 internships and over 230 Twin Cities' employers have participated in the STEP-UP program.
Lawyers’ Committee praises Federal Court Ruling NYPD’s stop and frisk practices unconstitutional
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:59
Yesterday, a federal district court judge declared that the New York City Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk practices are unconstitutional. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine issued the following statement applauding the court’s ruling in the case, Floyd v. City of New York:
Open letter to the community: Ranked Choice Voting gives communities of color more opportunities
Monday, 12 August 2013 14:40
Nationwide, democracy is in trouble.
It's threatened from many different directions – by political polarization, by cynicism and apathy, by big money and special interests, by calculated attempts to suppress the vote. The recent Supreme Court decision striking at the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is the latest blow – a distressing reminder that when it comes to safeguarding and expanding that fundamental American right, we've got lots of work to do.
If the African-American community were a county unto itself, economically it would be the 16th largest nation in the world.
A 2011 study concluded that the African-American dollar has a collective worth of more than $1.1 trillion annually. But with such collective wealth, many ponder why and how so many African-Americans languish in poverty and as a whole has an unemployment rate that is near double the national average.
Viking stadium construction puts parking over people
Friday, 09 August 2013 16:11
Commentary by Ralph Wyman, Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance/HIRE Core Team
More than a year has passed since the Minnesota State Legislature passed a plan to build the Minnesota Vikings a new football stadium. At that time HIRE Minnesota said in these pages, "If all the right steps are taken, hundreds of people of color will obtain jobs."