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FedEx employees deliver for students at the Urban League Academy

FedEx employees deliver for students at the Urban League AcademyThanks to the employees of several area FedEx locations the holidays got a lot brighter for the students at the Urban League Academy (ULA).

After hearing some of the heart-wrenching stories of the life tribulations for many of the students at the Minneapolis Contract Alternative school run by the Minneapolis Urban League, FedEx employees sprang into action. The employees showed up on Dec. 18 at the Urban League Academy, 2201 Blaisdell Ave. S., with a FedEx truckload of gifts for each of the 86 students enrolled at the school. The gifts fulfilled both needs and wants of the students, grades 6 – 12.
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We Can't Breathe: Why we need to give "racism" a chance

We Can't Breathe: Why we need to give
In the wake of the Mike Brown and Eric Garner decisions, of the excessive additional unarmed youth who have been killed in the short weeks following the injustice, and in the face of vast disparities facing our country at every level, I believe that there is an important discussion that we need to be having, but one being generally avoided.
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Civil rights groups counting on accurate census

Civil rights groups counting on accurate censusWASHING (NNPA) – The 2020 census is still more than five years away, but as the United States Census Bureau prepares for the crucial count of American households, civil rights groups are weighing in and offering recommendations to improve the accuracy of the process.
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Black Lives Rally at Mall of America

Black Lives Rally at Mall of AmericaAn estimated 3,000 community members including families, clergy, and youth peacefully gathered Saturday (Dec. 20) at the Mall of America demanding an end to police brutality and the racial inequities people of color face.
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Bringing the Model Minority Mutiny Home

Bringing the Model Minority Mutiny HomeThis fall, in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, and in the face of the mounting Black body count at the hands of law enforcement, ChangeLab put out a call for a Model Minority Mutiny. We called on Asian Americans to stand up against the model minority myth as an act of self-liberation from a humiliating, trivializing, and dehumanizing stereotype that has, for too long, been used as a justification for labeling Black communities as "problem" minorities, and excluding and criminalizing Black people.
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Americans take to the street to protest police killings

Americans take to the street to protest police killingsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – On Saturday Dec. 13, thousands of Americans across the country registered their objection to police officers not being held accountable after killing unarmed citizens, many of them Blacks, by mounting massive demonstrations and rallies, the main one held here in the nation's capital.
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Ferguson; politically ... what's now, what's next

Ferguson; politically ... what's now, what's nextA few days before Thanksgiving much of Ferguson, Mo. went up in flames, but the match that lit the torch was struck years before.

Even before the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old, college-bound Michael Brown – the unarmed teen killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson – there was the toxic stench of systematic racism that permeated not only in Ferguson, but in most of north St. Louis County – an area with more than 20 separate municipalities. And for each municipality there is a police force that earns its city millions of dollars in revenue by stopping motorists (particularly Black motorists) at will. And the curiosity of most of these municipalities is while the residents are majority Black, the elected officials and police departments are overwhelmingly white. Ferguson Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes is working to change that.
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Johnson resigns

Johnson resignsDr. Bernadeia Johnson Wednesday announced her resignation as Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) superintendent, effective January 31, 2015. She said she planned to help with the transition to new leadership through June 30, 2015.
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We Colored the Vote. Now #ColorMnPolicy - Rallying Cry of ALANA Partners

We Colored the Vote. Now #ColorMnPolicy - Rallying Cry of ALANA PartnersPartners shared data on historic ALANA voter exit poll in MN. 368 ALANA voters from 64 cities which included 85 MN House and 45 Senate districts.
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Schools must destroy myth of a single-sided story

Schools must destroy myth of a single-sided storyKasim AbdurRazzaq a licensed psychotherapist and school social worker, may have unearthed a key social justice issue contributing to educational disparities and social injustices.
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Bryan Stevenson: Ending the silence about the mass incarceration crisis

Bryan Stevenson: Ending the silence about the mass incarceration crisisBryan Stevenson is lifting his voice to end the silence about America's mass incarceration crisis.
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