Housing segregation played role in Ferguson tragedy
Monday, 27 October 2014 09:59
Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo. Darren Wilson, a White police officer, was as much as the product a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between Blacks and police, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Nearly 100 people gathered in north Minneapolis to rally against police brutality.
The protest that brought out a diverse group of citizens was a part of the National Day Against Police Brutality. Along with activities in the Twin Cities, protest and rallies were held in more than 90 other cities throughout the nation. The national coming together was spawned by the rash of deaths of people – most African-Americans – at the hands of police officers. In particular the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. has ignited outrage among citizens. Brown was gunned down by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. Brown was unarmed when he was killed and witnesses say he was surrendering when he was struck with the fatal bullet. It total, Brown was shot six times by Wilson.
The elephant in the room, or, is this a scene from '12 Years a Slave?': Republicans relentless in attack on Senator Jeff Hayden
Monday, 27 October 2014 09:18
Analysis and Commentary By Al McFarlane, Editor-in-Chief
Most of us don't get to the Capitol to witness the inner workings of our government.
When we do, most of the time, the experience is enlightening, encouraging and uplifting. We leave with a sense that justice prevails, that decency continues to emerge and that truth – even when crushed to the ground – eventually will rise and that freedom will reign.
StarTribune reports inaccurate: League exceeds MNsure goals
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:50
Scott Gray, MUL President/CEO
Over the past few months, I've been thoroughly disappointed in the political and one-sided reporting regarding organizations serving our community. Specifically, the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) was mentioned in an October Star Tribune article regarding our participation in a MNsure grant. The story written by Star Tribune reporter Tony. Kennedy as it related to MUL is untrue and lacking in details – details I personally shared with Mr. Kennedy.
The 2014 Elections: What's at stake for African-Americans
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:42
Commentary by Norman Hill and Velma Murphy Hill
The 2014 elections are almost here, and the focus is whether the Republicans can gain control of the U.S. Senate, a first since 2006.
Thirty-six seats are being contested, and Republicans need only six gains to win a majority. The stakes are extraordinarily high for the nation. But for African-Americans in particular, the outcome of the midterm elections next month may not only be a game changer, but also a game ender.
Carl Eller invents Moose 81 for MN Lottery and gamers
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:35
Ryan T. Scott
Carl Eller is a Minnesota icon.
Eller is further cementing that leadership through his new and innovative game with the Minnesota State Lottery. Moose 81 is Eller's fully patented card game, branded with his Hall of Fame jersey number and "Moose" nickname.