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Revive the Minnesota News Council

Revive the Minnesota News CouncilURBAN VIEWS
The letter below was written by Anthony Morley and submitted to the Star Tribune on May 10. Mr. Morley is a former Star Tribune editorial writer. He makes the case that the paper should support the revival of the Minnesota News Council and ‘seize the opportunity’ to engage with other media outlets and the public on questions of unfair coverage, particularly in light of complaints from well-known voices in the African American community. The Star Tribune declined to print Mr. Morley’s letter.
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10-year-old pepper-sprayed by police during downtown protest

10-year-old pepper-sprayed by police during downtown protestA 10-year old boy was among protestors subjected to spraying of a harsh chemical irritant by a Minneapolis Police Department officer Wednesday night. About 100 people took to the streets in downtown Minneapolis, marching in support of Tony Robinson, killed in March by a Madison, WI police officer. The street protest was to show solidarity for protesters in Madison, WI who are angry that a police officer would be charged for the killing of a 19-year-old man.
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In health, income has greater impact than race

In health, income has greater impact than raceWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Being poor can have a bigger impact on your health than your race, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute.
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25 motivational quotes that will inspire you to make a difference

25 motivational quotes that will inspire you to make a differenceWhat is in your hands to make a difference in the world? This is a question for each of us to ponder throughout our life's journey. Could you be the one who plants the seeds for the promotion of environmental sustainability (like Wangari Maathai, Green Belt Movement), fair sentencing (like Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative), or children's rights (like Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund)? Each of us have a unique set of gifts and talents which can be employed to lead social change. Therefore, our daily challenge is to be a wise steward over our gifts.
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Minneapolis receives federal Promise Zone designation: Promise Zone initiatives seek to revitalize high poverty communities

Minneapolis receives federal Promise Zone designation: Promise Zone initiatives seek to revitalize high poverty communitiesThe Obama Administration announced that a large portion of north Minneapolis has been selected to be designated as a Promise Zone, which will prioritize Federal resources to the area.
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Video of police beating Black soldier sparks protests by Israel's Ethiopian Jews

Video of police beating Black soldier sparks protests by Israel's Ethiopian JewsMay 4 (GIN) – A video that caught an Israeli police officer and a volunteer shoving and punching a black soldier in uniform outraged members of the Ethiopian Jewish community and set off a clash Sunday between Ethiopian Jews and police in central Tel Aviv.
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Star Tribune stories create false spectre

Star Tribune stories create false spectreThe mission of the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) is to link African descendants and other people of color to opportunities that result in economic success and prosperity, and to advocate for policies that eradicate racial disparities.
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The Northside breaks bread

The Northside breaks breadA great deal of the credit for this new business goes to the non-profit Appetite for Change, whose co-founder and director Michelle Horovitz spoke of the need for an enterprise which uses food as an agent for health and social change. Emcee A. J. Briscoe introduced a roster of guests, including Mayor Betsy Hodges and husband Gary Cunningham, director of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (META), who welcomed the new restaurant as a real addition to the North Side and also as a family affair; executive chef Lachelle Cunningham is Gary's daughter.
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Justice not delayed in Baltimore

Justice not delayed in BaltimoreWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Three extremely qualified African American women are at the forefront of making certain that Freddie Gray's death at the hands of police in Baltimore will not go unpunished.
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Protesters rally in support of Baltimore, Black lives

Protesters rally in support of Baltimore, Black lives
In a scene that has become far too familiar, hundreds took to the streets – this time in downtown Minneapolis – to protest the killing of a Black person at the hands of police.
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Police violence coverage takes mental toll

Police violence coverage takes mental toll
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Police have killed at least 369 people in the first four months of 2015, with 103 Black Americans – 28 percent – making up a disproportionate number of the victims, according to Ferguson protester project, Mapping the Police.
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