Tuesday, 09 June 2015 15:23
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still face a tough climb. That climb will be especially difficult for Black college graduates who will grapple with a jobless rate that is still in the double digits, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington, D.C.-based research and education group focused on low- and middle-income workers.
Painter Barry McMahon offers a unique take on daily life through his many works and will have several on display during his "Gurus, Superheroes and Aliens or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Art" show.
It was a graduation just like any other; yet it wasn't like any other.
There were all the pre-ceremony activities. Future graduates practiced their walks as a woman franticly steamed graduation gowns. Families and well-wishers waited eagerly in the hall. Everything was as it was surrounding any typical high school graduation. But this was not a typical graduation.
The American Civil Liberties Union's Criminal Law Reform Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota released their study of more than 96,000 arrests made by Minneapolis police officers for low-level offenses from January 2012 through September 2014. Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, a Minneapolis Case Study reveals that Black people were 8.7 times more likely than white people to be arrested for a low-level offense—any offense with a fine of $3,000 or less and/or a year or less in jail. Native Americans were 8.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for such offenses.
African Immigrant Services gets Bush Foundation grant
Friday, 05 June 2015 15:50
The Bush Foundation has awarded the African Immigrant Services (AIS) $200,000 to support its From Observers to Leaders initiative based in the Northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. AIS is among 30 organizations awarded $5 million through the foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program announced on May 27.
Friday, 05 June 2015 14:47
Steven Belton, Interim President
In a letter released June 4, 2015 and copied to my attention, Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor, stated the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) was "unable to substantiate the improprieties related to double-billing by MUL." Specifically, the auditors could not substantiate any of the Star Tribune's claims as relates to dollars we received from the Minneapolis Public Schools for the Urban League Academy alternative school and grant monies allocated to our 13th Grade Program by the Minnesota Department of Education.
Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental health
Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:49
Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related drug and alcohol use.
But mental health treatment goes far beyond diagnoses and prescriptions.