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Important Census Information From Congressman Keith Ellison

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau takes a snapshot of America's population as required by the U.S. Constitution. The census establishes how many people reside within the nation's borders, who they are, and where they live. The results help determine the number of your representatives in government, and how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, schools, and public safety.
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Franken urges reprieve from deportation for Liberians living in Minnesota

Washington, D.C– Minnesota Sen. Al Franken joined 12 of his colleagues to urge President Obama to extend the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians living legally in the United States.
Since 1991, Liberians who were forced from their homes because of civil war and sought refuge in the United States have been granted either Temporary Protected Status or approved DED. This protection is currently set to expire March 31, 2010.
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Chicago's only Black-owned talk radio station gives voice to a complex people still struggling to be heard

Good evening, you’re talking to Salim Muwakkil on 1690 WVON. What’s on your mind?” I ask.
“The election of Barack Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to Black people in America,” the caller snarls. “He’s a perfect Trojan Horse for American imperialism and corporate control. What do you think?”
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The Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP) will release the 4th Annual Minnesota Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity February 18

•    The report evaluates the performance of the governor and state legislature during the 2009 session on policies issues that advance equity, opportunity and American Indian tribal sovereignty in Minnesota. The assessment documents gains in policy and well-being, and focused on budget decisions in the 2009 session.
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Effort spotlights extraordinary people who exemplify the spirit of diversity

In honor of Black History Month, Target® last week announced this year’s new national multicultural campaign which encourages everyone, everywhere to celebrate diversity.  This year’s campaign entitled, “Dare.Dream.Do,” highlights the personal stories of four extraordinary individuals – Founder and Director of The Angelrock Project Malaak Compton-Rock, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, Chef and Cookbook Author Marcus Samuelsson and Author and Founder/CEO of Translation Marketing Steve Stoute – who Dare, Dream and Do everyday of their lives.  Target will promote the “Dare.Dream.Do” campaign through a national media presence including cable network TV, online, in-store and print.  In addition, the stories are available at Target.com/daredreamdo.  
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Mayor Rybak nominates City Department Heads

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Tuesday nominated eight current City of Minneapolis department heads to new terms in their jobs, including Police Chief Tim Dolan. Other department directors nominated to new terms include: Patrick Todd (Assessor); Susan Segal (Attorney); Steven Bosacker (City Coordinator) Mike Christenson (CPED); Alex Jackson (Fire); Gretchen Musicant (Health); Steve Kotke (Public Works).
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Ellison holds public foreclosure hearing

Ellison holds public foreclosure hearingOn January 23, the US House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, held a public hearing at the Minneapolis Central Library. It was headed by Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). The Subcommittee hearing consisted of two panel discussions with politicians and community members and activists on low-income housing and the foreclosure crisis.
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Millions still pouring in for Haiti - But, needs will be great for years to come

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Maryse Dejean, is in New Orleans thousands of miles away from home. Her distance from her native Haiti has only motivated her to work harder so that she can help  bring relief to the country after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck it on January 12.
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Training focuses on immigrants, low-income, communities of color : Community groups gather to ensure correct 2010 Census count

Nearly 100 people representing community groups throughout the Metro gathered for a training session last Saturday to ensure that all Minnesotans are counted in the 2010 Census. At stake are millions in federal funds and one of the state’s congressional seats.
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Focus to be on Issues of commonality

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison will hold an Inter-Faith dialogue with leaders of the various faith communities on Monday, February 1st, 2010.  The purpose of the event is to bring together the myriad of faith leaders to discuss legislative issues of interest, and approaches to achieving them. 
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Healing Hands for Haiti deploys first response team with Handicap International

Five volunteers from Healing Hands for Haiti International from Canada and USA will be forming an early response team to join Handicap International and deploy to Haiti.  Dr. Colleen O’Connell (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist, Fredericton), Al Ingersoll (Prosthetics, Minneapolis), Frank Shirley (Orthotics, Boston), Carly Gray (Physical Therapist, Ottawa), Ruth Duggan (Occupational Therapist, Halifax) will fly Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 19, 20) to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and will then take an air shuttle to Port au Prince.
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