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Feb 09th


ECHO Minnesota hosts “The New American Vote” panel discussion featuring community and government leaders

ECHO Minnesota hosts “The New American Vote” panel discussion featuring community and government leadersWednesday October 26th, 2011 marked the third annual panel discussion hosted by non-profit ECHO Minnesota, a well-known resource for health, safety, emergency, and civic information for immigrants, refugees, and community members. This year’s topic, “The New American Vote,” explored the current state and future political strength of new citizens. Panelists included Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Hussein Samatar, the first Somali-American ever elected to office, Ron Lezema, Co-Founder Hispanic/Latino Caucus of MN and John Keller, Executive Director of Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.  The discussion was facilitated by award-winning television journalist Robyne Robinson. She engaged the panelists in a dynamic discussion on the necessity of involving Minnesota’s diverse communities in the democratic system.

Gaddafi leaves behind a legacy of rage and dysfunction

Muammar Gaddafi was of a Bedouin tribe, raised in a tent near the Libyan city of Sirte, where he met his bloody demise. His end came after nine months of NATO bombing which supported a rag tag, unruly and abusive group of rebels who fanned out across Libya to challenge his authority by claiming bombed out territories and capturing cities.

Ruling the country with an iron fist for more than four decades, his cult of personality was ubiquitous as the purported face, voice and soul of Libya. He ran an oil-rich, rentier state that allowed him to spend his billions in revenues to buy loyalty, reward friends and punish foes.

Richmond Free Press makes racial breakthrough in Virginia Supreme Court

( - Richmond Free Press photographer Sandra Sellars has made history when she covered the historic investiture of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cleo E. Powell on Friday, Oct. 21.

When the prize-winning photographer arrived at the state's highest court to cover the Powell formal installation, she became:
•    • The first Black newspaper photographer to cover an investiture in the 232-year history of the court, which is located across the street from the State Capitol.
•    • The first woman newspaper photographer to cover a Supreme Court investiture, according to Free Press research.

Debutante Cotillion on hold this year

It is with great appreciation that the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated expresses our gratitude for the communities’ support of our organization over the past 39 years. We have enjoyed partnering with many of the community nonprofits and individuals, giving back and helping to make a difference in the lives of our youth and the communities in which we live. We want to continue offering workshops and programs to the community that are of value. To that end, we are aggressively working with community leaders who are representative of our various service facets to enrich our programming over the next years. We will celebrate 40 years in 2012.

Ending poverty in North Minneapolis

Despite bridge reconstructions, tornado damage, and financial strife, burgeoning small businesses along West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis remain an inspiration during this deep economic recession. US Democratic-Farm-Labor Congressman Keith Ellison (Minnesota-5) represents the area, and is optimistic about its potential market growth. Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District stretches north of Minneapolis to Spring Lake Park, south to Richfield, and west to New Hope and Hopkins.

President Obama and Rep Karen Bass go to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in LA

While in LA, President Obama and CBC member Rep. Karen Bass, make an unscheduled stop at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.

After arriving in LA at about 4:30 Pacific Time, helo’g to a landing zone in Brentwood and driving the empty freeway for a time, motorcade exited into what looked to be a predominately Latino neighborhood of West Los Angeles for an off-the-record visit to Roscoe’s. Pool had to enter from the rear, to see booths full of early-dining families stretching and craning their necks excitedly to watch POTUS, who already was at the counter ordering for himself and nearby aides, including Valerie Jarrett, Jay Carney, David Plouffe and Marvin Nicholson. With him was Representative Karen Bass, the Democrat who represents the area in the House. Our camera colleagues say POTUS ordered the No. 9, “Country Boy” – 3 wings with choice of waffle, potato salad or French fries ($8.90, according to the menu) – among other things we couldn’t hear. He quickly moved to the cashier.

Reports outline implications of demographic change

Washington, D.C—The Center for American Progress officially launched Progress 2050, a project that seeks to explore and analyze the policy implications of demographic change and work toward a more inclusive progressive agenda. To mark the launch, CAP released two new reports that will help guide the project’s work going forward.

The first report, “Progress 2050: New Ideas for a Diverse America,” analyzes the policy impacts of the dramatic demographic changes the country will experience over the next four decades and argues that a progressive vision is urgently needed to ensure we take advantage of diversity as one of our greatest assets. The report also outlines the work that Progress 2050 has already undertaken—both in collaboration with CAP’s policy teams and other organizations inside and outside the beltway—and draws a map of the project’s future activities.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication

We honor Dr. King today in stone. Let us honor him tomorrow and every day—for as long as it takes—with powerful, persistent voices and unrelenting nonviolent action to rescue his dream - America's dream - from the clutches of materialism, militarism, racism and poverty he warned would be America's undoing.


Two reports outline the implications of demographic change, propose a more inclusive progressive agenda

Washington, D.C—The Center for American Progress today officially launched Progress 2050, a project that seeks to explore and analyze the policy implications of demographic change and work toward a more inclusive progressive agenda. To mark the launch, CAP released two new reports that will help guide the project’s work going forward.


Rep. Bobby Joe Champion introduced measure on alleged felony voter fraud; vetoed by Pawlenty

State Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL – Minneapolis), issued the following statement in response to a report alleging widespread voter fraud among felons:

“A report issued this week by Minnesota Majority claims that many ineligible felons cast ballots in the 2008 election.  While I’m skeptical about the data, I am certainly concerned about anyone voting who is not eligible to vote in Minnesota.  There has been confusion about when and if felons are allowed to vote.  I authored a bill in 2010 that would address these concerns and lay out guidelines.  The bill requires the Secretary of State to develop a comprehensive publication on the voting rights of individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a felony.  This measure was passed on to Governor Pawlenty, who vetoed the bill. 

New treaty brings hope to domestic workers

NEW YORK -- A newly minted international treaty, the Domestic Workers Convention, gives advocates an immediate opportunity to push for local legislation, even though it may take a long time for domestic workers worldwide to enjoy the treaty's full protection, explained four experts on a panel held by the Open Society Foundation in New York on September 21.
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