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Hayden, Champion introduce legislation to address health disparities

Hayden, Champion introduce legislation to address health disparitiesDeputy Majority Leader Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) have introduced legislation to address alarming health disparities in the African American community. The authors have introduced three major pieces of legislation: SF1871 Partnerships for Healthy Futures a grant program to build community services and providers in order to identify, coordinate and expand opportunities for improving health outcomes for communities of color, SF1701 which will require health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings for high risk populations, and SF1836 which will study and provide recommendations to decrease menthol cigarette usage by African Americans.
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The Bush Foundation selects 23 exceptional leaders for 2015 Bush Fellowships

The Bush Foundation selects 23 exceptional leaders for 2015 Bush FellowshipsThe Bush Foundation announced its 2015 Bush Fellows, 23 leaders with records of achievement and extraordinary potential to make significant contributions in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
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Community explores impact of $1.9 billion state budget surplus

Community explores impact of $1.9 billion state budget surplusFar too often, said Insight Editor-In-Chief, Al McFarlane, Black community voices are not heard, and Black interests go disregarded at the tables of decision.

Our community is asked to wait, till the current crisis du jour wanes, to be patient while pressing matters of business and state get the attention due them.
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Women Leading Change: Profile of Marian Wright Edelman

Women Leading Change: Profile of Marian Wright EdelmanService is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time. – Marian Wright Edelman, Founder & President, Children's Defense Fund

Like many aspiring lawyers, I decided to attend law school because I wanted to make a difference in the world. I was committed to eliminating child poverty, supporting education programs, ending mass incarceration and this was only the beginning of my to-do list. Law school provided me with the advocacy tools to take a stand for justice:
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Twins honor student achievers at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

Twins honor student achievers at Phyllis Wheatley Community CenterThe Minnesota Twins are making more and more efforts to diversify its fan base and broaden what it calls "Twins Territory."
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#BlackShoppersMatter: Racially profiled at Eagan outlet mall

#BlackShoppersMatter: Racially profiled at Eagan outlet mallA viral video that shows four African-American shoppers being accused of theft at the Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan has caused anger and outrage and sparked accusations of racism of mall personnel and of Eagan police.
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The Minneapolis Urban League mourns the death of Lee Tillman

The Minneapolis Urban League mourns the death of Lee TillmanThe Minneapolis Urban League mourns the death of Lee Tillman who passed away on Feb. 27, 2015. Mr. Tillman, or Lee-T to close friends and colleagues, was a longtime employee of the League's Employment and Training Division, serving as director of the Labor Education Advancement Program (LEAP). He went on to lead the division for a short time when director, Laura Scott-Williams, took over the reins of the agency for an interim period after the untimely death of League president and CEO Gary Sudduth.
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Blacks now finishing high school at record levels

Blacks now finishing high school at record levelsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – After 30 years of little to no progress, Black youth are completing high school at the highest rates in history.

This is the finding in a new issue brief titled, "Young Black America Part One: High School Completion Rates are at their Highest Ever," published by the Center for Economic Policy Research, a Washington-based think-tank. The report examines Census Bureau data for 20 to 24 year-olds, and compares high school completion rates around the country over the past 30 to 40 years.
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Ferguson increased revenue by targeting Blacks

Ferguson increased revenue by targeting BlacksWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Justice Department's recent investigation of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor Blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities.
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Report shows unemployment rate in Twin Cities 4x higher for Blacks than Whites; NOC calls on Federal Reserve to prioritize full employment in all communities

Report shows unemployment rate in Twin Cities 4x higher for Blacks than Whites; NOC calls on Federal Reserve to prioritize full employment in all communitiesAt a press conference and rally last week, NOC released a report as part of a national day of action, showing that the unemployment rate for Blacks in the Twin Cities is four times higher than for whites, calling on the Federal Reserve to prioritize full employment in all communities.
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Selma: Remembering Bloody Sunday

Selma: Remembering Bloody SundayA contingency of up to 70 Twin Cities residents took part in the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a seminal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.
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