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Oct 10th


Seven north Minneapolis schools to be closed Monday, May 23

Seven schools in north Minneapolis will be closed Monday, May 23, due to the recent tornado. The schools include Lucy Laney, Cityview Community, Nellie Stone Johnson, Hmong International Academy, Northstar, Plymouth Youth Center and Urban League Elementary.

Obama Says ¡Sí, Se Puede! to Immigration Reform

President Obama’s visit to El Paso to renew call for passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill couldn’t have come too soon. Five months into his White House tenure, Obama’s approval ratings among Latinos topped an all-time high of more than 80 percent. Two years later, it had free fallen to slightly more than 50 percent. The tumble in part is blamed on the souring economy and the double-digit unemployment rate among Latinos.

Fall of the Black Panther Party

“So the concept is this basically: The whole Black nation has to be put together as a Black army. And we gon’ walk on this nation.  We gon’ walk on the racist power structure.  And we gone say to the government: “Stick em’ up motherf****r, this is a holdup.  We’ve come for what’s ours”—an excerpt from the 1995 DVD “What We Want, What We Believe: the Black Panther Party Library.

It’s been more than three decades since the collapse of the Black Panther Party (for Self Defense), as it was originally titled.  After a historic campaign of militant demonstration and persisting community activism, the grassroots alliance that was, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described, “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country,” finally crumbled under the relentless pressure of external opposition in 1970.

Fixing what's broken

I went to El Paso, Texas, today to lay out a plan to do something big: fix America's broken immigration system.

It's an issue that affects you, whether you live in a border town like El Paso or not. Our immigration system reflects how we define ourselves as Americans -- who we are, who we will be -- and continued inaction poses serious costs for everyone.

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Spelman College Commencement May 15, 2011

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Spelman College Commencement May 15, 2011Well, goodness.  Thank you.  Let me tell you it is a pleasure and an honor -- yes, Chicago -- to be with all of you today.

And I want to thank President Tatum for her leadership and for that very kind and generous introduction.  She is such an inspiration to all of the women who are part of the Spelman family, so let’s give her our thanks and round of applause. 

I also want to acknowledge a few people who are here in the audience:  Senator Isakson, Representative Johnson, and of course Mayor Reed.  Thank you all so much for joining us today.  Thank you all for your leadership. 

Minnesota Muslims hold symposium to show respect for holy scriptures of all religions

To promote true Islamic values of peace and tolerance, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the oldest American Muslim organization in the United States (here since 1920) is holding interfaith symposiums around the country to bring together different faiths with the shared goal of promoting social and spiritual peace.  The Minnesota chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA is holding an interfaith symposium “The Sanctity of Holy Scriptures” on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM in Mankato, MN. 

Minnesota leads the way

Pew report recognizes Minnesota as one of the top states for measuring performance of transportation dollars

Minnesota is one of five states leading the way using data to guide and prioritize transportation investments, according to a new report by the Pew Center on the States and the Rockefeller Foundation. The other top states are Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Virginia.

States spent an estimated $131 billion on transportation in fiscal year 2010, but many cannot answer critical questions about what returns this investment is generating the report says.

The end of violent Al-Qaeda ideology

The death of Osama Bin Laden this week marks the most significant accomplishment yet in the war against Al-Qaeda. I commend the leadership of President Obama, the U.S. Armed Forces and the intelligence community for finding the world’s most wanted terrorist. As we reflect, our thoughts should be with the families of those Bin Laden murdered in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Even before 9/11, Bin Laden killed Americans and others at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and on the USS Cole. I hope his death marks the beginning of the end of the violent Al-Qaeda ideology.

Representatives stand against Republican budget proposals

At a Minneapolis community budget briefing on Saturday, April 30th, DFL State Representatives took a stand against this session’s devastating Republican budget proposals. They not only plan to strip services to the disabled and less fortunate but government operations that all Minnesotans have come to expect.

Most of our state tax dollars go towards helping cities maintain a civilized standard of living. Local government aid is funding provided by the state to city governments throughout Minnesota. It was originally created to equalize property tax burdens across the state and ensure that all Minnesotans have access to services like police and fire, parks and libraries, and other public amenities.

Daniella Gibbs Leger joins the Center for American Progress as VP for New American Communities Initiatives

Daniella Gibbs Leger joins the Center for American Progress as VP for New American Communities InitiativesWashington, D.C. — John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, announced today that Daniella Gibbs Leger will join the Center for American Progress as VP for New American Communities Initiatives.

Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden

Office of the Press Secretary

Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden
East Room

SUNDAY MAY 1, 2011 - 11:35 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
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