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Sep 20th


Frias to lead St. Paul Human Rights program

Luz Maria Frias has been named the director of Saint Paul’s newly merged Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) department. Following a nationwide search, Frias’ appointment came after an extensive process that included applicant interviews and evaluations by the community and a 13-member selection committee.

Ex-Wall St. banker scores major land deal in Sudan

Jan. 27 (GIN) – A former U.S. banker has secured a huge tract of arable land in southern Sudan in what has been called Africa’s largest post-colonial private land deal.

Champion legislation increases reentry support for offenders

State Rep. Bobby Champion (DFL – 58B) joined State Sen. Mee Moua last week to discuss the importance of second chances and offender reentry issues as part of “Second Chance Day on the Hill.”

“From my perspective, public policy is about forgiveness,” said Champion, who is working with other legislators to address reentry issues this session.  “While it’s important for people to face the consequences of criminal activity, we also need to strike a balance that allows individuals who have paid their debt to society to have a fair chance to rejoin society.”

Within the Internet lies Africa's clay of wisdom

Editor’s Note:  The following is excerpted from a keynote speech delivered by Philip Emeagwali at the African Diaspora Conference in Tucson, Arizona. For the entire transcript and video, visit


Are Blacks expecting too much from President Obama?

“Hello. My Name is Freida. I am a 52 years young Black female that had three strokes and [I am] doing fine right now. I am a full time stay at home artist…I have sent you a copy of my hero, Sir Barackster. I created him on Nov. 1st because I felt he would be the hero.”

Mobilizing for green economy

Some 400 people attended H.I.R.E. MN’s second Town Hall Meeting January 27 at Lao Family Community of Minnesota headquarters on University Avenue near the State Capitol.

Africans express cautious hope for Obama presidency

(GIN) - After the initial moment of euphoria for the landslide victory of Barack Obama, some Africans are now expressing a more cautious note of hope for the new leader.

Rights lawyers await Obama’s appointment of new civil rights chief

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After a blistering report released early this month confirmed that a senior official in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department illegally hired and fired career attorneys based on their political alignment with President Bush, Civil Rights lawyers around the country say the new head of the Civil Rights Division – yet to be named by President Barack Obama – will likely be “pivotal” in his presidential administration.

Special state emergency unemployment compensation made available

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Dan McElroy announced the availability of state emergency unemployment benefits beginning Feb. 1, 2009. Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the bill providing Special State Emergency Unemployment Compensation for unemployed Minnesotans who have exhausted regular state unemployment benefits but do not qualify for a federal extension.

Mandela sends warm wishes to Obama

Jan 20 (GIN) – President Barack Obama received a personal letter of congratulations from former South African president Nelson Mandela shortly before his inauguration on Tuesday.


Roland Burris sworn in as Illinois Senator

Roland Burris sworn in as Illinois Senator
(NNPA) - U. S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) has finally taken his place as Barack Obama’s successor in the U. S. Senate. His journey to the seat began with a standoff that embarrassed the president-elect and fellow Democrats who initially resisted the appointment by impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
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