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Minnesota delegation at Congressional Black caucus

Minnesota delegation at Congressional Black caucusOn September 16, 2015, the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) took a delegation of 14 local African American leaders to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Annual Legislative Conference. Leaders in attendance included Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden and Representative Rena Moran, AALF Board Co-Chair Dr. Sylvia Bartley, Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, NorthPoint Health & Wellness CEO, Stella Whitney-West, Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT) Consultant Bill English, AALF board members Dr. Nkem Chirpich and Cheryl Mayberry, AALF members Michael Chaney, Catherine Fleming, Maher Abduselam, Dr. Rochelle Avent-Hassan, and AALF Executive Director Jeffrey Hassan and Executive Assistant Jackie Cooper. One of the purposes of the trip was to meet with our Minnesota metro-area Congressional representatives, let them know who we are, let them know that we want to be made aware of resources coming into our community before they get here, and to be a part of the decision-making on how those resources are distributed.
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Tunisia slams door on refugees with 100 mile moat

Tunisia slams door on refugees with 100 mile moatSep. 14 (GIN) – Once surrounding castles of old, a moat stretching 100 miles is being dug by Tunisia against alleged terror threats from nearby Libya. Reporters are kept at arms distance from the digging in what officials have dubbed "a closed military area."
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Rare journey to Israel changes NFL Hall of Famer's life

Rare journey to Israel changes NFL Hall of Famer's lifeFor Chris Doleman, the NFL Hall of Fame is nothing compared to being baptized in the River Jordan.

The former Minnesota Viking and 18 other NFL Hall of Famers toured Israel with Ron Dermer, that nation's ambassador to Washington, David Baker of the Hall of Fame, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
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Treasury, Commerce amendments ease Cuba sanctions

Treasury, Commerce amendments ease Cuba sanctionsWASHINGTON - The Department of the Treasury and the Department of Commerce this month announced additional revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), building off the changes put into place by Treasury and Commerce on January 16, 2015 and further delivering on the new direction toward U.S. relations with Cuba that President Obama laid out last December. The changes, consistent with the President's December announcement, took effect on Monday, September 21, 2015.
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A symbol of reconciliation for victims of British rule

A symbol of reconciliation for victims of British ruleSept. 14 (GIN) – In a ceremony attended by thousands of Kenyans, statues dedicated to the victims of torture and ill-treatment by British colonialists were unveiled this recently at Uhuru Park's Freedom Corner in Nairobi.
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Black women mobilizing for 2016 vote

Black women mobilizing for 2016 voteWASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, Essence magazine and the Black Women's Roundtable have teamed up to mobilize and re-energize Black women voters.

The partnership hopes to raise the profile of the already-powerful Black women's vote. In the 2008 and 2012 elections, Black women had the highest turnout of any group, with 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-old Black women hitting the polls in 2012 despite a national decline.
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Dark money in politics threatens Black interests

Dark money in politics threatens Black interestsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The explosion of "dark money" spent in the political system in the United States threatens racial equity in the United States making it harder for Blacks and other minorities to gain a foothold in the middle class and fully participate in the democracy, according to a recent report by Demos, a public policy group.
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Reading Horizons $1.25 million contract: MPS reading materials denigrate Black culture

Reading Horizons $1.25 million contract: MPS reading materials denigrate Black cultureYet again the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is embroiled in controversy as to the education of students of color.

This time around the controversy has to deal with books that were found to be highly offensive yet were designed to stem the reading gap among early learners of color. Also at the center of the controversy is a $1.25 million contract awarded to the company that provided the books. While students never saw the books (as they were pulled before distribution) the district still paid for the materials and now questions are being raised as to how was the company vetted and how could such materials ever be considered acceptable in an education arena.
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Study finds life without parole sentences for juveniles increasingly rare, setting stage for Supreme Court review

Study finds life without parole sentences for juveniles increasingly rare, setting stage for Supreme Court review(Washington, D.C.) States are abandoning life without parole sentences for juveniles at a rapid pace, according to a report released today by The Phillips Black Project. Since the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated mandatory life without parole for juveniles (JLWOP) in 2012, nine states have abolished it, with six states acting within the past year. In actual practice, the sentence has dropped precipitously since its sudden peak in the mid-1990s and is increasingly isolated to outlier counties and states. For example, one county – Philadelphia, PA – accounts for almost 10 percent of all JLWOP sentences nationwide.
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Aunt Jemima found after nearly 100 years

Aunt Jemima found after nearly 100 yearsFar from the elaborate crypts at Chicago's prominent Oak Woods Cemetery, the original Aunt Jemima lies in an unmarked grave in an area that's more fit for the forgotten

Her name was Nancy Green.
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Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta ComptonSo, there we were, Sept. 1, Tuesday afternoon.

Toni and I, westbound on University Avenue, minding our own business, approaching Dale Street, in route to see the movie "Straight Outta Compton." A bunch of commotion up ahead set my spider senses tingling. Alert. Take emergency evasive measures. Turn off University.
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