Hayden, Champion introduce legislation to address health disparities
Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:26
Deputy 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.
The Bush Foundation selects 23 exceptional leaders for 2015 Bush Fellowships
Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:12
The 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.
Women Leading Change: Profile of Marian Wright Edelman
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:39
Dr. Artika Tyner
Service 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:
#BlackShoppersMatter: Racially profiled at Eagan outlet mall
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:32
Harry Colbert, Jr.
A 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.
The Minneapolis Urban League mourns the death of Lee Tillman
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:07
The 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.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:41
Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (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.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:38
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (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.
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
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:41
At 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.
A 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.