Ellison town hall meeting: Parent, community engagement critical for culture of achievement
Monday, 08 December 2014 11:40
Al McFarlane Editor-In-Chief
North Minneapolis educators, parents, business and agency leaders last month joined Kim Ellison, Minneapolis School Board member who represents District 2 (north Minneapolis) in the first in a series of town hall meetings looking to fix an education system that is consistently failing Black children and families.
Monday, 08 December 2014 11:29
George E. Curry NNPA Columnist
In the aftermath of a Black teen being killed in Ferguson, Mo., former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked a simple question on the NBC television's "Meet the Press." Do you think that Blacks have a legitimate complaint about racial discrimination by police in their communities?
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:26
Shaina Brassard and Rob Hanson, West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
Mass transit is an important resource to north Minneapolis residents in particular.
According to recent census data, 27 percent of households in the area do not own a car, compared to 18 percent of households in Minneapolis as a whole. Of the 200 Metro Transit bus routes, four routes that run on or cross West Broadway are among the 12 most popular. One of those, Route 14, travels along West Broadway between Robbinsdale and downtown Minneapolis and has approximately 6,300 weekday riders. Investments in transit infrastructure to improve travel speed, increase reliability, enhance the ride and create faster connections will benefit the thousands that already rely on transit, and make transit a more viable mode of transportation for additional residents.
39th Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference will be held at MSU Edina
Monday, 01 December 2014 12:12
The year 2015 will mark the 39th celebration of the Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference. This year also marks a significant change for the conference in that it will be temporarily relocated from the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus to Minnesota State Mankato's Edina location (7700 France Ave.) to share the event with a wider audience and gauge the level of interest in the conference in the Twin Cities.
Ellison announces $1.5 million affordable housing grant
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:45
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines announced more than $1.5 in grant funding for affordable housing projects in Minnesota.
The announcement came this past Tuesday (Nov. 25) at the office of Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, 2401 Lowry Ave. NE. According to the congressman, the affordable housing grants will be used to construct housing units for more than 160 families. According to Ellison, the families receiving the grants are in great need.
Attacks on state senators, athlete, part of ongoing assault Pastors condemn supremacist arrogance
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:29
Al McFarlane Editor-In-Chief
African American faith leaders last Monday condemned cultural arrogance and supremacist policies that push back against "the legitimate participation of the African American community in the political process."
Retaliation and Systemic Racism at Root of "Pointergate" Story
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:11
On Nov. 19, protesters gathered outside the studios of Minneapolis/St. Paul television news station, KSTP-TV in protest of the airing of a Nov. 7 story. Dubbed "#Pointergate," the story accused Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges of flashing a gang sign in a photo with Navell Gordon, a young African American man. The two had been canvassing the neighborhood in a get out the vote campaign. The story, many community members believe, was a retaliation tactic. Sourced by Minneapolis law enforcement, the piece aired after Hodges posted an open letter to the community on Oct. 8 that took a stance against police brutality by outlining tangible measures for more police accountability. Retaliation and systemic racism, however, hold no novelty. While a colorful mosaic of factors exploded the story on to the national landscape via social media. It is the sentiments of the community, the location and the pulsating motivations underneath the story that reveal another compelling take.
Grand jury refuses to indict Daren Wilson, Ferguson erupts
Monday, 01 December 2014 10:54
Rebecca Rivas Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American
ST. LOUIS – After three months of hearing testimony and viewing evidence, a St. Louis County grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown Jr. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert M. McCulloch announced Monday night in a courtroom in Clayton, Mo., the county seat.