Ellison announces $1.5 million affordable housing grant
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:45
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines announced more than $1.5 in grant funding for affordable housing projects in Minnesota.
The announcement came this past Tuesday (Nov. 25) at the office of Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, 2401 Lowry Ave. NE. According to the congressman, the affordable housing grants will be used to construct housing units for more than 160 families. According to Ellison, the families receiving the grants are in great need.
Attacks on state senators, athlete, part of ongoing assault Pastors condemn supremacist arrogance
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:29
Al McFarlane Editor-In-Chief
African American faith leaders last Monday condemned cultural arrogance and supremacist policies that push back against "the legitimate participation of the African American community in the political process."
Retaliation and Systemic Racism at Root of "Pointergate" Story
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:11
On Nov. 19, protesters gathered outside the studios of Minneapolis/St. Paul television news station, KSTP-TV in protest of the airing of a Nov. 7 story. Dubbed "#Pointergate," the story accused Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges of flashing a gang sign in a photo with Navell Gordon, a young African American man. The two had been canvassing the neighborhood in a get out the vote campaign. The story, many community members believe, was a retaliation tactic. Sourced by Minneapolis law enforcement, the piece aired after Hodges posted an open letter to the community on Oct. 8 that took a stance against police brutality by outlining tangible measures for more police accountability. Retaliation and systemic racism, however, hold no novelty. While a colorful mosaic of factors exploded the story on to the national landscape via social media. It is the sentiments of the community, the location and the pulsating motivations underneath the story that reveal another compelling take.
Grand jury refuses to indict Daren Wilson, Ferguson erupts
Monday, 01 December 2014 10:54
Rebecca Rivas Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American
ST. LOUIS – After three months of hearing testimony and viewing evidence, a St. Louis County grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown Jr. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert M. McCulloch announced Monday night in a courtroom in Clayton, Mo., the county seat.
With the busy holiday season's kickoff just weeks away, janitors who work for contracted companies cleaning Home Depot, Best Buy, Kohl's, Sears and other stores announced a Black Friday strike deadline.
Lynch nomination will test Obama's relationship with new Congress
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:38
Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In what may be the first test of the GOP-controlled, United States Senate's willingness to work with the White House, President Barack Obama nominated United States Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the next attorney general.
Monday, 24 November 2014 12:19
Soya Jung, Left of the color line. Empire resister. Unapologetic problem minority.
Reprinted from the Korean Quarterly, Fall 2014
For weeks I have been in awe of the organizers and writers – Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Jamala Rogers, Malkia Cyril, Ta-Nehesi Coates, john a. powell, Falguni A. Sheth, and so many others – who have placed the situation in Ferguson into critical historical and political context. This despite persistent attempts by police, elected officials, and mainstream media to erase that context with vilifications of black political protest and black life. I write this post to express my solidarity and rage, and to offer a response to the disturbing question that I've heard asked, and that demands an answer: Does Ferguson matter to Asian Americans?
SCLC President joins forces with Gorbachev in peace effort
Monday, 24 November 2014 12:16
Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, Special to the NNPA
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, leader in the transformational nonviolent Civil Rights Movement America in the 1960s, is poised for a major role in bringing international peace and equality with the recent signing of a historic proclamation with world leaders in Berlin.
Crystal McCrary, director of the film 'Little Ballers'. Carmen Robles, associate editor for Afrodescendientes in Insight News. Mohamud Noor, interim director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota.