Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:41
Clark Biegler, Minnesota Budget Project
While productivity has risen in the United States, wages continue to lag. Six years into the economic recovery from the Great Recession, too many Minnesotans lack the quality jobs that would allow them to support themselves and their families. This brief digs deeper into data on wage growth, income inequality and Minnesota's deep racial disparities in the labor market. The brief also describes policy choices that would ensure that hard work pays off and builds a strong economic future for all.
Census Data: Black women, children struggle with poverty
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:38
Freddie Allen Senior NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite relative improvement in job growth from 2013 to 2014, Black women continue to struggle in the economy, according to the latest statistics from the United States Census Bureau.
CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS: Leerssen, Stephens lead equity, inclusion initiatives
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:23
The city of Minneapolis has hired two new equity and inclusion managers in hopes of addressing the city's disparities when it comes to its residents of color and contracting with more minority-owned businesses.
Nielsen reports untold success stories in the Black community
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 01:52
Freddie Allen Senior NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Acquanetta Pierce Glass, president and CEO of Avance Communications in Detroit, Mich., used last year's Nielsen report on Black consumers to convince one of her clients to run a 15-second trailer in movie theaters during the holiday season.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis will not disrupt the Twin Cities Marathon
Thursday, 01 October 2015 13:16
The Black Lives Matter Minneapolis chapter is one of the 26 nationally affiliated and recognized chapters working in coordinated and strategic ways to end the extrajudicial killing of unarmed Black people and children, and toward healing in the Black community. The group of individuals working under the name Black Lives Matter St. Paul is currently not an affiliated group. They are an independent group of racial justice activists operating out of St. Paul. The movement of people affirming that Black lives matter is a decentralized and growing movement. As a growing movement, many people and groups have raised their voices and choose different methods and strategies to work toward the change they want to see in the world. The diversity of Black voices and experiences in American culture are necessary and important. We support the dynamic diversity of Black voices and developing Black leadership in the fight to make Black lives matter.
Ahmed Sirleaf receives Prestigious Hamline University Alumni Award
Thursday, 01 October 2015 12:09
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, Ahmed K. Sirleaf II, a 2005 College of Liberal Arts graduate of Hamline University, will receive the University's Alumni First Decade Outstanding Achievement Award. The Award will be presented to Sirleaf during the University's Alumni weekend at the College of Liberal Arts Alumni/Faculty Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Leadership for Social Justice: 10 leadership quotes on promoting restorative justice and building strong communities
Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:58
Dr. Artika R. Tyner, Ed.D., M.P.P., J.D.
Leaders are called upon to build new bridges, promote the common good, and uplift others. Restorative justice can serve as an indispensable tool for achieving these goals. Restorative justice focuses on the interrelatedness of the human experience and offers an alternative framework for resolving conflict and the resulting harm. It seeks to address the question of how to "make things right."
Monday, 28 September 2015 15:39
Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – At a reception during the 45th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference, the National Newspaper Publishers Association honored five Black luminaries with its Leadership Awards.
Monday, 28 September 2015 15:37
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During his speech at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner, President Barack Obama celebrated the critical role that Black women have played in "every great movement in American history" and pledged to address challenges they face in the workplace and in the criminal justice system.
Minnesota delegation at Congressional Black caucus
Monday, 28 September 2015 15:35
Jeffrey Hassan Column Writer
On September 16, 2015, the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) took a delegation of 14 local African American leaders to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Annual Legislative Conference. Leaders in attendance included Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden and Representative Rena Moran, AALF Board Co-Chair Dr. Sylvia Bartley, Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, NorthPoint Health & Wellness CEO, Stella Whitney-West, Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT) Consultant Bill English, AALF board members Dr. Nkem Chirpich and Cheryl Mayberry, AALF members Michael Chaney, Catherine Fleming, Maher Abduselam, Dr. Rochelle Avent-Hassan, and AALF Executive Director Jeffrey Hassan and Executive Assistant Jackie Cooper. One of the purposes of the trip was to meet with our Minnesota metro-area Congressional representatives, let them know who we are, let them know that we want to be made aware of resources coming into our community before they get here, and to be a part of the decision-making on how those resources are distributed.