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Jul 28th

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Post July 4th reflections

Post July 4th reflections...I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? - Frederick Douglass, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro," July 5, 1852
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How we receive our guests

How we receive our guests"... every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed..." – MLK
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Choosing a Black-owned business: Community leaders challenge MCTC

Choosing a Black-owned business: Community leaders challenge MCTCIt has been more than one and a half years since we met with former Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) President Phil Davis and others, including Mike Christensen and the MCTC CFO at that time. The purpose of the meeting was to engage MCTC in an effort to add Cut Fruit Express a Minority (African Descent) owned firm, as a vendor to MCTC's food service operations. President Davis and his staff decided this was a wonderful opportunity for the college to engage in a worthwhile endeavor that would benefit our community.
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More renters competing for lower-cost apartments

More renters competing for lower-cost apartmentsLow rental vacancy rates and rising rents have led to competition for lower-priced units, finds a new Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) report.Minnesotans with low incomes are at greatest risk in this tight rental market.
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Lessons from Charleston attack

Lessons from Charleston attackDays ago, a 21 year old man walked into a 124 year old church in Charleston, South Carolina on a mission of destruction. Consumed with hatred, he was welcomed with love. Puffed up with prejudice, he was patiently pastored. Grounded in violence, he was greeted in peace. Angry, deceitful and desperate, the young man witnessed joy, transparency and hope among the small group who welcomed him into their Bible study.
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Minnesota moves to enhance state's diversity and inclusion

Minnesota moves to enhance state's diversity and inclusionA report issued last week by the Governor's Diversity and Inclusion Council spells out the Council's work to improve diversity in the state's workforce and business supplier chain, and more equitably engage diverse people, communities, and businesses in the work of state government.
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Young Timberwolves showoff in exhibition

Young Timberwolves showoff in exhibitionOver the past few years there hasn't been that much excitement surrounding the Timberwolves, but it seems that's all about to change.
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Pressure builds for Feds to 'Ban the Box'

Pressure builds for Feds to 'Ban the Box'WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Seventeen states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws making it easier for ex-offenders to find jobs in the labor market. Now civil rights and community groups that advocate for returning citizens are pushing the White House to do the same.
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HUD awards over $380,000 in additional housing counseling grants in Minnesota; funding follows nearly $3.3 million awarded in April

HUD awards over $380,000 in additional housing counseling grants in Minnesota; funding follows nearly $3.3 million awarded in AprilThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $380,000 to seven Minnesota organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. "Whether you're a first-time buyer or trying to keep the place you've always called home, knowledge is the key to financial empowerment," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "We're proud to support our housing counseling partners as they help American families achieve stability and prosperity."
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Legislative Auditor: MUL received "Financial Clean Bill Of Health"

Legislative Auditor: MUL received On Saturday, June 13, the Star Tribune published an editorial acknowledging the Office of the Legislative Auditor issued the Minneapolis Urban League a "financial clean bill of health" related to allegations it improperly billed the state for two of its education programs. The editorial calls for continued support of MUL programs and initiatives. The OLA's findings were first published on June 5 in an article by Star Tribune reporter Steve Brandt.
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The National Black Church Initiative reaches out to the gay community in light of Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

The National Black Church Initiative reaches out to the gay community in light of Supreme Court decision on gay marriageWashington, D.C. – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African-American church goers is continuing efforts to generate civil discourse between the Black Church and the gay community.
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