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Pocan & Ellison: Supreme Court Voting Rights Act decision demonstrates need for National Right to Vote Amendment

WASHINGTON—U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), authors of the Right to Vote Amendment that would provide an affirmative constitutional right to vote for all Americans, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court rejected Section 4 of the landmark Voting Right Act, which contains a formula to determine specified jurisdictions that need federal government approval before making voting changes that could be racially discriminatory. In its ruling on Shelby County v. Holder, the Court determined that the current formula was outdated. Congress is now required to pass a new formula that reflects current conditions.
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Cherryhomes campaign opens Lake street headquarters

Cherryhomes campaign opens Lake street headquartersMayoral Candidate and former City Council President Jackie Cherryhomes greeted residents and supporters at the grand opening of her new campaign headquarters on Friday, June 21.
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Obama announces trade with African nations

Obama announces trade with African nationsTHE WHITE HOUSE – Today (July 1) the President announced the launch of Trade Africa, a new partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa that seeks to increase internal and regional trade within Africa, and expand trade and economic ties between Africa, the United States, and other global markets.
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Disappointed by Supreme Court decision

Disappointed by Supreme Court decision

(Washington, D.C.) - Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling striking down a key component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act:

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Leadership NEXT! Will we choose to harness the potential of youth in our global village?

Leadership NEXT! Will we choose to harness the potential of youth in our global village?On Oct. 26, 2011, the UN Population Fund (UNFPD) stated in its Global Population Report that, “The world is in danger of missing a golden opportunity for development and economic growth, a demographic dividend, as the largest cohort of young people ever known see their most economically productive years wasted. The potential economic benefits of having such a large global population of young people will go unfulfilled, as a generation suffers from a lack of education, and investment in infrastructure and job creation.”
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Voting rights at risk

The United States Supreme Court – in a sharply divided, 5 - 4 ruling – struck down a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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Getting knowledge

Getting knowledgeAttendees of the 87th Annual Minneapolis Urban league (MUL) were treated to a “private” lesson in business from trailblazing entrepreneur Daymond John, founder of FUBU and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

The gala, which celebrated the civil rights organization’s 87 years of providing economic and employment resources to the area’s residents of color, was recently held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The lesson was private in that John, who has an estimated net worth of $250 million, admonished anyone from taping his motivational address.
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Obama pledges to fight for restoration of Voting Rights Act

Obama pledges to fight for restoration of Voting Rights Act WASHINGTON – President Obama has pledged that his administration will do "everything in its power" to repair the damage done by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday when it struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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The White House Blog: Traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania

The White House Blog: Traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and TanzaniaYesterday, President Obama, his family, and the U.S. delegation began our trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, as part of our commitment to invest in Africa's development and its people. It is my first trip to these countries, and I look forward to meeting new faces from each country.
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Racial and ethnic minorities face more subtle housing discrimination

WASHINGTON – Blatant acts of housing discrimination faced by minority homeseekers continue to decline in the U.S., yet more subtle forms of housing denial stubbornly persist, according to a new summary study released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute. Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012 finds African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians learn about fewer housing options than equally qualified whites.
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AARP volunteers from every state visit Capitol Hill to urge separate Social Security debate, Press for responsible solutions to strengthen Medicare

AARP volunteers from every state visit Capitol Hill to urge separate Social Security debate, Press for responsible solutions to strengthen MedicareWASHINGTON, DC - AARP volunteers and staff from every state visited Capitol Hill last week to express opposition to the President's proposed Social Security benefit cut known as Chained CPI and to support responsible solutions to strengthen Medicare. Meeting with Senators, Members of Congress and their staff, AARP volunteers urged their representatives to have a separate debate on Social Security and to back specific proposals that would strengthen Medicare and the health care system overall.
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