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Celebrating the legacy of a community hero

Celebrating the legacy of a community heroVangeline (Vangie) Ortega
July 1, 1961 – January 6, 2015

Vangeline (Vangie) Ortega, community leader, advocate and activist, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her home Monday January 6th after a 20+ year-long battle with Lupus. She was 54.
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MLK Holiday: Joy and sorrow

MLK Holiday: Joy and sorrowSaid King would cry tears of joy; tears of sorrow if alive today

With the backdrop of a polarized nation that is reminiscent of 1965, civil rights icon Vernon Jordan said while progress is measurable, in many ways things have regressed to that critical moment in time 50 years ago.
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Dr. King would be proud

Dr. King would be proudThe 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King breakfast was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The theme: "Infinite Hope Meaningful Action – Now is the time" resonated throughout the sold out breakfast. More than 2000 people filled the seats and standing room only corners of the massive Convention Hall room.
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Remarkable progress five years after Haiti earthquake

Remarkable progress five years after Haiti earthquakeFive years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system. Working with the Haitian government, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners have made progress toward the reconstruction of the public health sector to establish disease surveillance systems, enhance laboratory capacity, and develop human capacity in clinical services, epidemiology, and public health leadership.
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Mayo Clinic Square connects community to world-class sports medicine

Mayo Clinic Square connects community to world-class sports medicineMayo helps launch round five of the Insight-2-Health Fitness Challenge

The Mayo Clinic, Rochester's world-renowned medical center has brought its "Mayo Model of Care" for patients in sports medicine to the Twin Cities.
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SLIDESHOW: Living Through the Words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SLIDESHOW: Living Through the Words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.This year, perhaps more than ever, civil rights are at the forefront on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

St. Louis, so close to the protests and ongoing civil-rights investigation in Ferguson, was one of the first cities to honor Dr. King's life by establishing a holiday to celebrate his legacy, first observed in 1971.
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Black Lives Matter Minneapolis leads silent protest at Governor’s Council MLK Day event

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis leads silent protest at Governor’s Council MLK Day eventToday (Monday, January 19) we joined Governor Dayton on stage at the State of Minnesota Governor's Council on MLK Day Celebration in a silent protest to demand the leadership of the state take immediate action to institute meaningful, systemic policy solutions to address the worst racial disparities in the country. These racial disparities exist in every indicator of standards of living in our state including housing, employment, education, health, and policing.
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Northsiders embrace nordic skiing

Northsiders embrace nordic skiingAnthony Taylor and Louis Moore are on a mission to help our community better connect to our own geography. People don't often say they live in North Minneapolis because they love to be outdoors and that North Minneapolis is uniquely positioned to give them the best access to great park and trail resources, Taylor says, but that can change. Founders and leaders of the storied Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota, Taylor and Moore both ride through the winter and turn their attention of other winter outdoor activities as well.
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"From Prison to Ph. D:" Jason Sole's memoir tells a harrowing story

Jason Sole realized he had become a statistic when he was convicted for a felony for the third time. Since then, after a life of selling drugs, gang activity and losing close friends, Sole decided to turn his life around.
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ELECTIONS 2016: 'Whites-only' strategy demographically doomed

Washington, D.C. — The political implications of the nation's changing demographics are already being felt in many states across the country. These implications are addressed in a new issue brief, "The Changing Face of America's Electorate," released today by the Center for American Progress, which examines 2016 election trends and patterns for voters of color. The CAP analysis identifies what the electorate is projected to look like in 2016 for key battleground states—including vital states such as Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Virginia, and North Carolina—and estimates the racial and ethnic makeup of the 2016 eligible voting population. Based on those projections, the brief demonstrates the potential political impact of electoral demographic changes through two election simulations.
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Let your voice be heard: End the high costs of prison phone calls

Let your voice be heard: End the high costs of prison phone callsDid you know that more than 15,000 children in Minnesota may not have the chance to send holiday greetings to their parents? This is because these children have an incarcerated parent. Due to the high costs of prison phone calls, it is difficult for many of these children to remain in contact with their parents during the holiday season. The harsh reality is that a 15-minute collect phone call received from a loved one who is incarcerated can cost roughly $6.45. Further, these children may also miss the opportunity to visit and spend quality time with their parents, since prisoners are incarcerated an average of 100 miles away from home and their families. As you can see, phone calls are truly a vital source of communication in order for families to remain connected. The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice seeks to ensure that children and families can remain in contact with their incarcerated loved ones by advocating for the costs of prison phone calls to be capped at a reasonable amount.
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