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Study calls civil rights commission ineffective

WASHINGTON-America’s Wire released a story last week discussing the ineffectiveness of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, with some critics contending that the once influential commission needs significant structural changes to regain its past glory.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Kenneth J. Cooper reports that the commission has been largely ineffective in addressing civil rights issues, even with the recent addition of three Democratic members. Appointees of former President George W. Bush serve as the panel’s chairman and staff director and Bush or Republican congressional leaders chose a majority of its members.
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Tribune CEO, NNPA Chair rebuke NAACP

Some Black Press members insulted by exclusion from Image Awards marketing

The NAACP has been criticized for not including Black newspapers in a recent advertising campaign.

The NAACP inserted its 42nd NAACP Image Awards Magazine in the Philadelphia Daily News, however the advertisement was not included in The Philadelphia Tribune and other markets (Los Angeles, Atlanta, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Chicago).
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The Arab youth revolution... a bad year for dictators

The Arab youth revolution... a bad year for dictators“There is no doubt that mathematics and astronomy owe a great debt to the Arabs,” wrote George Sarton a Harvard historian of science in his introduction to the history of science. It all started more than 1,000 years ago, in the Ninth century to be exact. An Arab genius named Musa al-Khawazmi, while the west was living the dark age, went to India to study their science.  There he took a hard look at the Indian sifr (zero), which had been used mainly as an empty ring for calculation convenience.   al-Khawazmi then came back home and introduced what is now used and known in the west as Arab numerals and the concept of zero, which resulted in a scientific revolution where algebra and computer science have been built until today.  Without the Arab zero, there wouldn’t be a digital and social Network, there wouldn’t be Facebook and there wouldn’t be an Arab revolution.
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African allies chided for silence on Libyan uprising

(GIN) – Years of financially supportive relationships with Libya’s Moammar Al Gaddafi have created a moral dilemma for African leaders who have said little as violence flares in that northern nation.

Their delayed reaction to the blood spilling on the streets of Tripoli generated sharp criticism from opinion setters. Moses Chamboko, writing in the Zimbabwe Telegraph, did not mince words.

“Unashamedly, African leaders have literally gone on leave while their beloved but lunatic brother in the north is busy butchering innocent and unarmed civilians mercilessly,” Chamboko wrote. “Like the proverbial ostrich, from Cape to Cairo, leaders buried their heads in the sand hoping a miracle would deliver them and their dear brother from this monumental disgrace.”
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African allies chided for silence on Libyan uprising

(GIN) – Years of financially supportive relationships with Libya’s Moammar Al Gaddafi have created a moral dilemma for African leaders who have said little as violence flares in that northern nation.

Their delayed reaction to the blood spilling on the streets of Tripoli generated sharp criticism from opinion setters. Moses Chamboko, writing in the Zimbabwe Telegraph, did not mince words.
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Hmong American Partnership helps homeowners avoid foreclosures and scams during the 13th Annual National Consumer Protection Week

Hmong American Partnership (HAP) is joining with federal, state, and local government agencies and national organizations to celebrate the 13th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 6-12, 2011.

Hmong American Partnership is a social service and community development organization whose mission is: to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential. HAP was established in 1990 to address the needs of Minnesota’s growing Hmong population. Since its inception, HAP has expanded to serve community members from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic groups. HAP provides critical services and support to more than 4,000 refugees, immigrants, and low-income mainstream community members annually through five program departments: Education & Training; Employment Services; Health, Wellness & Elderly Services; Housing & Economic Development; and Youth & Family Services.
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NorthPoint Community Food Shelf’s March food drive

Last year, more than 30,000 North Minneapolis residents were served at NorthPoint’s Community Food Shelf and that number is expected to grow in 2011. To help meet the growing need, NorthPoint’s Food Shelf will again participate in the State’s largest food drive known as the March Campaign. Cash and food donations received during March will be partly matched by Minnesota FoodShare and other local foundations.

This year, the March Campaign is calling for everyone to “FOCUS on the statewide fight against hunger in Minnesota.” With support from civic groups, businesses, congregations, schools and individuals, NorthPoint will be working to raise a combined total of 55,000 in food and cash donations during the March campaign.
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Democrats celebrate Black History Month

Democrats celebrate Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, a group of legends from the Civil Rights Movement, pioneering Democrats, and rising new leaders recently sat down to discuss the important role that African Americans have played in shaping this country. [www.democrats.org]

Biden lauds Black History

Biden lauds Black HistoryVice President Joseph Biden and Dr. Jill Biden welcomed over 120 elected African American officials and their guests to their official residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory on February 15, 2011 in honor of Black History Month. Guests dined on heavy Hors D' Oeuvres of sirloin, salmon brochettes, winter crudites, pommes gaufrettes, and assorted cookies as they listened to a U.S. Navy Jazz trio play softly in the background.

The Vice President who had just returned from a trip to Ft. Campbell Kentucky was in a very reflective mood, as his wife Dr. Jill Biden welcomed several distinguished members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Mayors, State Legislators, County Officials, and former elected leaders such as Wellington Webb who served three terms as Mayor of Denver Colorado.
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NAACP annual board meeting highlights resurgence

NAACP annual board meeting highlights resurgenceThe nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP, has experienced a remarkable revitalization in membership and motivation in recent years under new leadership. Membership has grown nearly three percent and the organization has been in the black two years in a row.

“While our nation continues to endure the worst economic downturn in decades, and while our administration continues to fight to get our nation back on track with more adversaries than ever, the NAACP has grown,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP’s Board of Directors during the Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting. “In addition to stabilizing the budget, President Jealous and his talented staff have helped strengthen our infrastructure, and allowed us to hire new staff and create – or re-create – programs in education, health, criminal justice, environmental justice and financial empowerment.”
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NAACP passes resolution supporting union workers’ right to collective bargaining

(Baltimore, MD)—On Saturday, February 19, the NAACP National Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution supporting the right of public sector employment unions to engage in collective bargaining, marking their opposition to the bargaining restrictions sought recently by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and many other states.

“The NAACP stands in solidarity with our union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, and throughout the country,” stated Chairman Roslyn M. Brock.  “This coordinated effort to desensitize and misinform public opinion as it relates to workers’ rights is unconscionable in these times of economic strife.”
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