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Jul 28th


Melvin Carter participates in political study program

Melvin Carter participates in political study programWASHINGTON, June 29, 2010 – St. Paul Ward 1 City Councilmember Melvin Carter III has been selected by The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) as a delegate to Algeria for a 7-day political exchange program beginning on July 9, 2010. He will join six other young political and policy leaders from across the United States to study Algeria’s political system, engage in dialogue on international issues, and forge professional relationships and friendships. The program is arranged by ACYPL and made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

“ACYPL has the unique mission of proving select young leaders with an opportunity to travel internationally and engage firsthand in public diplomacy,” said ACYPL Chief Executive Officer Linda Rotunno. “Our delegates have access to key leaders in the nations they visit. They engage in dialogue on sensitive issues, gain a unique perspective on the country’s politics and its relations with the US, and, most importantly, forge professional relationships and friendships that can last a lifetime.”

Great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington to lead Oakland/Bay area youth in historical journey across country, following his footsteps from slavery to freedom

Great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington to lead Oakland/Bay area youth in historical journey across country, following his footsteps from slavery to freedom"The highest test of the civilization of any race is in its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. A race, like an individual, lifts itself up by lifting others up." -- Booker T. Washington

San Leandro, CA ( -- When President Obama was elected he asked Americans to help restore the country. Oakland, California native, Sarah O'Neal Rush, great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, has not forgotten her pledge to do just that. Rush is the founder and executive director of Booker T. Washington Empowerment Network (BTWEN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. From July 30, 2010 - August 7, 2010 she will lead eight youth and three mentors on a Freedom Journey, a rite of passage, following the footsteps of her great-grandfather from slavery to freedom.

Senator Franken Introduces “HELP Separated Children Act”

Legislation addresses problems exposed by 2006 Worthington raid and increased ICE arrests

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is proud to announce its support for the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act introduced last week by U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and others. The bill will help ensure that children remain safe, informed, and their interests accounted for during Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and all enforcement actions.

The legislation directly addresses problems exposed in the aftermath of the 2006 raid at Swift & Company meatpacking plant in Worthington, MN, after which numerous children were without their parents and had no way to find them. 

Friends, leaders celebrate Toni Carter

Friends, leaders celebrate Toni CarterFriends and family gathered at a barbeque on Father’s Day to wish Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter (District 4) a happy birthday and to begin fundraising for her reelection campaign.

Rory Koch, Legislative Assistant to State Rep. Joyce Peppin (R-32A), has recently filed to challenge Commissioner Carter for her seat in the November 2nd elections.

In attendance at the barbeque were Lt. Gov. candidate Robyn Robinson, former FOX 9 news anchor; DFL-endorsed candidate for MN House of Representatives District 65A, Jeremiah Ellis; and Commissioner Carter’s son, St. Paul City Councilmember Melvin Carter III (Ward 1). “People often ask me if seeing my mother achieve so many great things has inspired me, that I could do the same. But in fact, it had quite the opposite effect. [Working so close with her] has made me realize that I could never do all of the things she has done,” Councilmember Carter said.

Gulf residents protest, brace themselves for after affects of oil spill

Gulf residents protest, brace themselves for after affects of oil spill WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Flames coated the water as a cloud of grey and black smoke hovered over the Gulf of Mexico. Carlos Felder could have been one of the 11 men killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, but he instead was an onlooker. Felder stood on the deck of the boat, eying what has now been confirmed as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. “I was just waking up and getting ready to start my shift,” Felder, a contract worker for Shell energy and petrochemical companies explained, “when I heard the big boom and went out on the deck to see what the big noise was - like everyone else.”

America's racial temperature rising, experts say agitators must speak peace

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - U. S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was headed for the Capitol to vote on President Obama’s health care bill in March when he was pelted with racial epithets when passing near a group of conservative Tea Party protestors.

Days later, reports of attacks on Democrats around the country included bricks smashing through windows and a potentially lethal gas pipe cutting at a home thought to be owned by Virginia Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello. According to reports, the FBI announced the agency would investigate Tea Partiers and a race hate group as potential suspects.

Some good things to know about Haiti

Some good things to know about HaitiW.E.B DuBois- One of the great minds of the 20th century was the son of a Haitian, Alfred DuBois. W.E.B DuBois was the first African to earn a PhD from Harvard, wrote the first scientific book on the trades, and was a committed activist who helped to found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Jean Baptise DuSable- Was a Haitian, who founded the great city of Chicago, IL. Besides the indigenous people (Indians), he was the first Non-Indian settler on the land of the Chicago natives.

Henri Christophe- At the age of 12, he was sent with a contingent of over 2,000 Haitian soldiers to support the American Revolution at the battle of Savannah in 1779. France, which controlled Haiti at that time, was America’s first ally. Christophe was later to become a major leader of the Haitian Revolution against France in 1791.

The brass tacks of local & state elections....And why YOU should care

The brass tacks of local & state elections....And why YOU should careCandidates have filed. Lawn signs are printed. The 2010 elections have begun. We all know it is not a presidential year so why should we care about state and local elections?

There are a great deal of important seats up for election. This year, in addition to Governor and Lt. Governor, every state house seat, every state senate seat, 10 Minnesota Court of Appeals judges and three Minnesota Supreme Court justices are also up for election.

Hennepin and Ramsey County elections include Ramsey County District Court judges in every district, Hennepin County Soil and Water Supervisor, Hennepin County Park Commissioner, Hennepin County Commissioner, Ramsey County Commissioner, Ramsey County Sheriff, Ramsey County Attorney and Ramsey Conservation District Supervisor.

Talk show host Glenn Beck mocks Obama’s daughter, apologizes

Talk show host Glenn Beck mocks Obama’s daughter, apologizes(NNPA) - Fox News personality and conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has apologized for mocking Malia Obama in a pretend conversation on his radio show.

Beck said he was trying to explain how President Obama uses his children to deflect media criticism, and said he took it too far.

“In discussing how President Obama uses children to shield himself from criticism, I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates,” Beck wrote on his Web site. “The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines. It was a stupid mistake and I apologize—and as a dad I should have known better.”

According to CNN, in a recent press conference discussing the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama noted that Malia asked him if he’d plugged the hole yet. Beck used that as fodder for his show as he mocked her voice in repeating that and a series of other questions.

"... That's the level of their education, that they're coming to—they're coming to daddy and saying ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’ Plug the hole!” Beck said at one point, according to CNN.

All eyes on the new South Africa!

All eyes on the new South Africa!Starting Friday, June 11, the eyes of the world’s largest audience will be glued to the Soccer World Cup, an accomplishment of major proportions for South Africa and an entire continent.

African leaders believe that this tournament will enable the continent to overturn stereotypes of tragedy, disaster and failure and prove that it is a vibrant can-do region with a positive future.

The World Cup is "the single greatest opportunity we have ever had to showcase our diversity and potential to the world,” declared South African president Jacob Zuma. “We must rise and tell the story of a continent which is alive with possibilities."

Ten soccer stadiums were ready early, unlike in many other host nations in the past, and six of them -- five built from scratch and one extensively expanded and rebuilt -- are magnificent arenas standing comparison with any in the world.

Outspoken Zambian editor in hot water again

Outspoken Zambian editor in hot water againA news editor whose staff was accused of pornography for its pictures of an unattended infant birth, is facing an imminent sentence of four months of hard labor for contempt of court.

Zambian Post editor, , was jailed for publishing a story by U.S.-based law professor Muna Ndulo on the government’s case against Post News Editor Chansa Kabwela for her pictures of the birth.

The so-called “porn” had been part of an expose on conditions at a local hospital where doctors had been on strike. A woman was snapped giving birth on a pavement. It was never published but was circulated to public officials to highlight the poor state of medical care in the country.

“We condemn this particularly harsh prison sentence of one of Zambia’s most prominent editors, which sets back press freedom and the democratic gains in Zambia,” said Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “Fred M’membe should be released on bail immediately and his conviction overturned on appeal.”

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