Is national media coverage of Cedar Riverside fire connected to scrutiny of Somali Americans?
Monday, 13 January 2014 16:05
Lolla Mohammed Nur, TC Daily Planet
I woke up Tuesday morning to Facebook posts from my Somali American friends expressing their sadness and confusion about the Cedar Riverside apartment fire that day. The fire left 14 injured, destroyed a halal market, and also partially damaged a nearby mosque. Many of my friends and acquaintances were in disbelief and shock at the news as the new year began.
On day one: Mayor and majority of city council side with equity
Monday, 13 January 2014 15:52
One hundred and fifty community members braved a record cold snap to demand the new Minneapolis City Council prioritize closing Minneapolis' worst-in-the-nation racial equity gaps as they begin their new terms.
By a 7 – 6 majority, the council supported a motion to allow community members impacted by the gaps to testify for 15 minutes before the council, however they did not meet the two-thirds threshold necessary to suspend the rules. At the conclusion of the inauguration ceremony for the new council, hundreds kicked off a rally for equity by singing "We Shall Not Be Moved" on the stairs of the rotunda as newly inaugurated Mayor Betsy Hodges sang along.
What an unsettling article about the MCTC, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, regarding its unfair and hypocritical treatment in rendering a threatening reprimand to the biracial English professor, Shannon Gibney, for addressing structural racism in the U.S. only because two (2) caucasian students in her class felt uncomfortable about the subject.
Although the mission is for the Green Line to connect communities and make travel more efficient, the construction process has severed customer traffic and left Arnellia's (like many businesses along the Central Corridor) in the red.
Donna Brazile, political commentator, strategist, author and adjunct professor, will deliver the keynote speech at the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. This event will be hosted by General Mills Foundation and United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:20
Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty, a new report finds that robust social safety net programs are slowly leading the nation to victory.
According to the report, "Trends in Poverty With an Anchored Supplemental Poverty Measure," the poverty rate has dropped 40 percent since 1967, as a result of provisions such as housing vouchers, free school lunch unemployment benefits, Social Security, food stamps, and more. Without these programs, the researchers find, the percentage of Americans living in poverty would be twice as high.
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:05
EarthTalk®, E - The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: What are "dark factories" and are they good for the environment? -- Mitchell Pearson, Erie, PA
So-called dark factories—otherwise known as "lights out" or "automatic" factories—are manufacturing facilities that do not depend on human labor to get work done. While they may have some benefits for the environment they are certainly not beneficial overall considering the impact widespread adoption would have on needed jobs.
FACTS ON ETHNIC ELDERS: Study shows racial gap in pension, retirement savings
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 16:49
New America Media, News Analysis, Paul Kleyman
"Facts on Ethnic Elders" is a monthly column on research findings about ethnic elders present and future. It is supported by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.
"People of color face particularly severe challenges in preparing for retirement," states a new report titled, "Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States," by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS).
Friendship Academy of the Arts students give back to the community
Friday, 03 January 2014 13:31
The students of Friendship Academy of the Arts (FAA) shared in the spirit of giving this season by sharing the gift of art. Although in the midst of testing, FAA students found it necessary – and were empowered –to give back to the community in a way they thought best, which was the giving of themselves in a musical performance along with some handcrafted gift items for the residents of Providence Place Senior Living located in south Minneapolis.
Friday, 03 January 2014 11:21
George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Nearly a month after his death, there is a bitter struggle to define – and, in many instances, re-define – the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
Pete Rhodes, chairman, Urban Mass Media Group, executive director, Black Music America Network. Carol Maillard, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Karen L. Charles, artistic director, Threads Dance Project. Phyllis Gilliam, Sunday's Best.