Minnesota Liberian community split over Liberian finance minister's visit
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:24
Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
As Liberian Independence Day approaches, the Liberian community in Minnesota is divided. Minnesota has a very large population of Liberian immigrants, who are active not only here but also in political issues back in Liberia. The Organization of Liberians In Minnesota(OLM) is sponsoring a visit by Liberian finance minister Amara Konneh, who is scheduled to speak at the Independence Day dinner and ball on July 26 in Brooklyn Center. A new group, the Movement of Liberians Against Corruption (MOLAC) opposes the visit, claiming corruption by the finance minister and specifically charging that there is a $13.3 million health grant from the European Union that is not accounted for. Charges and countercharges of corruption are all over a local Liberian list serve.
Mayoral Candidate Jackie Cherryhomes is asking the Metropolitan Council to reexamine the route for the Southwest Light Rail transit (SWLRT).
"The current SWLRT alignment has numerous unresolved issues, including cost and neighborhood impacts, and is a plan that does not meet the standards and values we share in Minneapolis," said Cherryhomes.
Jobs still a key issue 50 years after historic D.C. march
Thursday, 01 August 2013 14:40
George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – One of the primary goals of the 1963 March on Washington was finding or creating jobs for Blacks. At a panel discussion during the annual convention of the National Urban League, jobs was mentioned more frequently than any other topic as leaders discussed the famous march 50 years ago and an upcoming one planned for Saturday, Aug. 24.