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International exchange, growing cultural understanding leads to better understanding of autism

International exchange, growing cultural understanding leads to better understanding of autismMikala Mukongolwa, one of Zambia's leading experts in inclusive, community-based education practices for children and youth with disabilities, concluded a three-week visit to St. David's Center in Minnetonka last week.
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Dr. Eric J. Jolly leads Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Dr. Eric J. Jolly leads Minnesota Philanthropy PartnersMinnesota Philanthropy Partners (MN Partners) announced Dr. Eric Jolly as its new president and chief executive officer.
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Obama Clean Power Plan praised

Obama Clean Power Plan praisedMinneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and a team of major-city mayors hailed the release of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan rule to reduce climate-warming emissions nationwide over the next several decades.
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Live free without violence flag raised for second week

Live free without violence flag raised for second weekTo honor the lives of Krista Ambers and Kelly Ann Anderson, Minnesota's 13th and 14th known victims of domestic violence homicide in 2015, more than 300 agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals from across the state will raise the Live Free without Violence flag – a public awareness campaign spearheaded by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.
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PACs and Politics: Who's your Rich (white) Daddy?

PACs and Politics: Who's your Rich (white) Daddy?A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ), "Billionaires Put Their Stamp on Campaign," makes it clear that we are watching a new political era in the United States--an era of Big Bucks Politics. If you don't have millions in your coffers, or rich friends, get out of the proverbial political kitchen, because money is the fuel driving political elections today.
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Mobilizing for D.C. 'Justice or Else' March

Mobilizing for D.C. 'Justice or Else' MarchWhen The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan issues a sacred clarion call for a national and international mobilization for justice, freedom and equality, millions of people across America and throughout the world respond with responsive enthusiasm and energy. Such was the case in response to the minister's call for the Million Man March (MMM) in Washington, D.C. 20 years ago. I believe that history will be made once again this year on October 10 in Washington, D.C.
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NABJ's JSHOP trains future media professionals

NABJ's JSHOP trains future media professionalsThe National Association of Black Journalists came to Minneapolis celebrating its 40th anniversary.
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10 rules to help Black boys survive

10 rules to help Black boys surviveLike so many, I have been deeply disturbed by the senseless loss of Black male lives at the hands of law enforcement officials. I was particularly affected by Tamir Rice's senseless death – a 12-year-old sixth grader who loved drawing, basketball, playing the drums, and performing in his school's drum line. Sometimes his teacher had to remind him not to tap a song on his desk with his fingers. When Tamir, a mere boy child, was shot and killed last November, who was there to protect him?
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Cincinnati faith leaders respond to murder charge in the death of Samuel DuBose

Cincinnati faith leaders respond to murder charge in the death of Samuel DuBoseUniversity of Cincinnati Police Officer, Ray Tensing, Wednesday July 29, 2015, was indicted on a murder charge in the killing of Samuel DuBose on July 19 during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate.
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Leadership for Social Justice: #Time2Serve: Nelson Mandela and the transformative power of service

Leadership for Social Justice: #Time2Serve: Nelson Mandela and the transformative power of service"He that is greatest among you shall be your servant."

The late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, modeled servant leadership in action. His leadership focused on the importance of community-building and empowering others to lead social change. On July 18, as we celebrated Nelson Mandela's 97th birthday and honored Nelson Mandela International Day, we were challenged to discover the leader within. For many, this leader may be lying dormant like a sleeping giant since your leadership path is uncertain and your vision is unclear. For others, you may be developing your leadership skills but have yet to take action by leveraging your influence to advance social justice. No matter what stage you are in your leadership development, you can learn key lessons by exploring the leadership legacy of Mandela and principles of servant leadership.
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Voting rights: The legacy

Voting rights: The legacyThe four living Minnesota legislators serving in 1965 in the U.S. House and Senate and civil rights icon, Dr. Josie Johnson, were recently honored for their work in passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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