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Aug 29th


Democrats celebrate Black History Month

Democrats celebrate Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, a group of legends from the Civil Rights Movement, pioneering Democrats, and rising new leaders recently sat down to discuss the important role that African Americans have played in shaping this country. []


Biden lauds Black History

Biden lauds Black HistoryVice President Joseph Biden and Dr. Jill Biden welcomed over 120 elected African American officials and their guests to their official residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory on February 15, 2011 in honor of Black History Month. Guests dined on heavy Hors D' Oeuvres of sirloin, salmon brochettes, winter crudites, pommes gaufrettes, and assorted cookies as they listened to a U.S. Navy Jazz trio play softly in the background.

The Vice President who had just returned from a trip to Ft. Campbell Kentucky was in a very reflective mood, as his wife Dr. Jill Biden welcomed several distinguished members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Mayors, State Legislators, County Officials, and former elected leaders such as Wellington Webb who served three terms as Mayor of Denver Colorado.

NAACP annual board meeting highlights resurgence

NAACP annual board meeting highlights resurgenceThe nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP, has experienced a remarkable revitalization in membership and motivation in recent years under new leadership. Membership has grown nearly three percent and the organization has been in the black two years in a row.

“While our nation continues to endure the worst economic downturn in decades, and while our administration continues to fight to get our nation back on track with more adversaries than ever, the NAACP has grown,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP’s Board of Directors during the Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting. “In addition to stabilizing the budget, President Jealous and his talented staff have helped strengthen our infrastructure, and allowed us to hire new staff and create – or re-create – programs in education, health, criminal justice, environmental justice and financial empowerment.”

NAACP passes resolution supporting union workers’ right to collective bargaining

(Baltimore, MD)—On Saturday, February 19, the NAACP National Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution supporting the right of public sector employment unions to engage in collective bargaining, marking their opposition to the bargaining restrictions sought recently by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and many other states.

“The NAACP stands in solidarity with our union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, and throughout the country,” stated Chairman Roslyn M. Brock.  “This coordinated effort to desensitize and misinform public opinion as it relates to workers’ rights is unconscionable in these times of economic strife.”

Carter: Proposed cuts would hamper recovery

Carter: Proposed cuts would hamper recoveryResponding to President Obama’s budget proposal released last Monday, Ramsey County Commissioner and Community Action of Ramsey & Washington Counties Board President Toni Carter said thousands of people will lose their support and education networks, jobs would be lost, 1,500 community volunteers would have no place to serve, and almost a $1 million in funds invested in the community would vanish.

“The President’s proposal to cut local Community Action Agencies by 50% would hamper the nation’s long-term economic recovery,” said Carter, noting that Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties provides a single point of service for 22,000 economically disadvantaged people plus a referral network to over 200 community partners.

28 Minnesotans murdered due to domestic violence

Gruesome statistics, on the number of women and children murdered in 2010 as a result of domestic violence and child abuse have been revealed in the 2010 Minnesota Femicide Report released last week by The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW).

28 Minnesotans were murdered as a result of domestic violence in 2010, according to Thao Mee Xiong, MCBW Public Policy Specialist. This included 15 women who were murdered by their intimate partner; 2 men murdered by their intimate partners; 7, under 18 children, were murdered by a family member; and 4 friends, family members, or interveners were killed in a domestic violence related-situation.

Workers who clean Lunds & Byerly's rally for safety and job security

Workers who clean Lunds & Byerly's rally for safety and job securityOn Tuesday February 8th, retail cleaning workers with CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha) and their allies marched and called on Lunds & Byerly’s to communicate with workers regarding serious safety concerns that have been reported in their stores, and the abrupt firing of about 12 workers that cleaned their stores. CTUL's rally was held outside the Lunds & Byerly's headquarters 4100 W. 50th St in Edina. From there, the rally marched to the Lund's Grocery Store at 3945 W. 50th St.

UK Gear's battle plan set to revolutionize running shoe market

UK Gear announced the launch of its new PT-1000 ultra durable road and trail running shoe designed to last 1,000 miles, which the company says will redefine the athletic shoe market.

"The PT-1000 is the result of our long term strategy to build the world's most durable and sustainable running shoe—without compromising on biomechanical performance or comfort. Our unique and long lasting relationship with the British Army has been our inspiration, and has allowed us to test our products to withstand some of the harshest conditions in the world, by some of the most demanding athletes in the country,” said David Hinde, Founder, and CEO UK Gear Limited.

Ending tax return fraud in prisons

United States Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) after pushing for reform with a group of senators, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have signed an agreement that will help end the fraudulent filing of tax returns by incarcerated prisoners that has cost American taxpayers $123 million since 2004. The Memorandum of Understanding between the IRS and the BOP will end the years-long impasse between the two agencies.

A benefit concert for the Shangilia Foundation

A benefit concert for the Shangilia FoundationTo honor the Black History Month, Singers in Accord will perform with the MacPhail Community Youth Choir and Suzuki String Ensemble under the direction of J.D. Steele in a benefit concert for Shangilia Foundation USA (SFUSA).

Shangilia (the name derives from its Swahili original “Tumshangilieni” meaning “Let Us Rejoice”), is a child rescue and support center and residence, presently located in Nairobi's Kangemi slum.  It is the last hope for some of Kenya's neediest children and is unique in its commitment to the performing arts, which is at the core of its child rehabilitation philosophy and process.  At the center, each child's needs and aptitudes are addressed individually and each learns performing arts along with classic schooling.  It is also home to the Shangilia Youth Choir of Kenya, founded and directed by J.D. Steele.

Crime fighting remains a top priority in Jamaica for 2011

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding said crime rate in his country is very high and reducing it remains a top priority for his government for this year.

In his New Year message to the nation, the Prime Minister said his cabinet has already issued drafting instructions for tough anti-gang legislation which will be enacted for 2011.
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