Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:22
State Senator Bobby Joe Champion
On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 the Legislature adjourned Sine Die with many accomplishments, and because we must compromise, there are a few things I am not 100% pleased with. We came into the legislative session with the first budget surplus in decades. The $1.2 billion surplus allowed legislators to look at various ways to invest in needed programs while making sure our budget remained on stable footing.
Arrival of first enslaved Africans in the English Colony of Virginia commemorated in Hampton, Virginia August 15, 16, and 20
Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:04
--Events to take place at The American Theatre and Fort Monroe--
Hampton, VA- August 15th, 16th, and 20th, honor the First Africans who arrived in America on English occupied territory at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe) at the Fourth annual African Landing Day Commemoration, a program being presented by the City of Hampton, Project 1619 Inc., National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, and the Hampton 1619 Commission.
Target Field Station: From transit line to transit system
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:20
Target Field Station opened last week creating a central, multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis.
According to Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, widely viewed as a regional transportation visionary, Target Field Station embodies the principles of open transit by integrating all modes of transit within a strategy of economic development which focuses on architecture that creates iconic indoor and outdoor spaces, appeals to passengers, residents, office workers and visitors alike, as well as integrating culture with transit.
DFL endorsed for Brooklyn Park Mayor: Joy Marsh Stevens poised to make history
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:17
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Brooklyn Park is the second most diverse city in Minnesota but one would not know it by looking at its elected officials.
In the history of the city, which was incorporated in 1969, Brooklyn Park has never had a non-white council member or mayor. Joy Marsh Stevens is looking to change all of that as she seeks to become the city's next Mayor. And with the endorsements rolling in, March Stevens, who is African-American, is primed to make history.
Climate change: Disproportionate impact on people of color
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:06
Minneapolis, MN—On May 15, Green For All and The Sierra Club hosted a public forum at Kwanzaa Community Church, located at 3700 Bryant Avenue North, to discuss the realities of climate change and its disproportionate effect on people of color. The event included a panel discussion moderated by United States Representative Keith Ellison (Democrat-District 5), spoken word, and a passionate performance by the Minneapolis High School for the Recording Arts' Green Team, a youth hip-hop group dedicated to environmental justice.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:50
Michael Diedrich, Education Fellow
May 13, 2014 - This Saturday will mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which found "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," and put a large crack in the foundation of legally sanctioned racial segregation. 60 years later, we still have work to do before the dreams of the civil rights era are realized.
The major question decided in the Brown v. Board decision, of course, was whether black students could be legally prohibited from attending certain schools. By finding such a system unconstitutional, the decision was one of the first major steps in dismantling a larger system of mandated segregation. Since that decision, we have largely finished the job of taking apart the legal structure that required racial segregation.
Governor Dayton signs Champion/Melin Second Chance Expungement Bill
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:08
Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that will give a second chance to thousands of Minnesotans who are taking honest steps to support themselves and their families. The new law (Chapter 246, HF2576) creates a more thorough expungement mechanism that allows judges to permanently seal the criminal records of reformed offenders – making it easier for these Minnesotans to secure good jobs, access quality housing, and provide for their families.
West Broadway Business Profile: Paradise Beauty Salon
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:05
Shaina Brassard, West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
Marie Egbujor has been operating Paradise Beauty Salon on West Broadway in North Minneapolis since 2009. The inviting salon is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm. Ms. Egbujor is kept busy by her loyal clients; Paradise Beauty is famous for its Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday-only specials: $75 for a full weave sew-in, and dread retouching for just $40.
New brand announced: Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:00
May 10, 2014—The North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center, located at 1711 West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, is one of the only YMCA facilities in the country dedicated solely to serving children and youth. On May 10, the facility was renamed the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center, to include the name of the man who played an essential role in its creation. Newly-elected Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who was unable to attend the ceremony, also passed along a proclamation officially declaring May 10th as Harold Mezile Day in the City of Minneapolis.