Insight News

Oct 06th


Champion: Town hall meetings engage, energize

Champion: Town hall meetings engage, energizeState Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59) recently hosted a town hall to update his constituents on happenings at the Capitol; and according to Champion and others, the picture is a lot rosier for North Minneapolis than in years past.

Congressman Keith Ellison: Trailblazer

Congressman Keith Ellison: TrailblazerUS Rep. Keith Ellison often says he's just one of the people in the struggle.

On a recent Sunday inside the Marcus Garvey House – the offices to Insight News – there was Ellison along with about 20 other people milling around having various conversations about this and that. And to the untrained eye, Ellison, in his plaid flannel shirt and blue jeans was just like everyone else – one of the people.

African Americans in the armed forces

African Americans in the armed forcesWhen you read, hear or think of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, some of the words that may come readily to mind are strength, power, dominance and superiority.

There is another word that should also be added to that list ... African-Americans. The road to recognition for these soldiers has not always been easy, but that didn't deter the grit, guts and determination displayed by these great warriors.

Black unemployment rises to 12.1 percent

Black unemployment rises to 12.1 percentWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate increased from 11.9 percent in December to 12.1 percent in January, according the Department of Labor's latest monthly report.

At 12.1 percent the Black unemployment rate is nearly double the national unemployment rate of 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men over 20 years old jumped from 11.5 percent in December 2013 to 12 percent in January, compared to White men who experienced a decrease in their unemployment rate from 5.6 percent in December 2013 to 5.4 percent in January.

Champion of African American History: Carter G. Woodson

Champion of African American History: Carter G. WoodsonEd. Note: This is cross-posted from the Huffington Post

In the fall of 1870, a handful of students made their way through the northwest quadrant of the nation's capital, and through the doors of D.C.'s "Preparatory High School for Colored Youth," the country's first public high school for African American children.

Lawmakers advance CBM bills

Lawmakers advance CBM billsOver 60 community members attended the recent Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) Community Meeting with Legislators. State Representatives Karen Clark, Raymond Dehn, and Phyllis Kahn, and Senators Bobby Jo Champion, and Kari Dziedzic addressed a packed room of active community members.

DHS, Council on Black Minnesotans and partners promote adoption

DHS, Council on Black Minnesotans and partners promote adoptionDuring Black History Month, February, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and several nonprofit and community organizations are working together to encourage families to adopt children waiting in the foster care system, particularly African-American children who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system.

Developing digital agendas & strategies for the decade of Afrodescendants and beyond

Developing digital agendas & strategies for the decade of Afrodescendants and beyondIn December 2013, the United Nations declared 2015-2024 as the International Decade of Afrodescendants.1 Despite the growing recognition of our importance as citizens in our respective countries, Afrolatin@s continue to battle for inclusion, autonomy, rights and justice. The Afrolatin@ Project (ALP) will continue to champion the Afrodescendant struggle for human rights by using digital tools to preserve the culture and history of Afrodescendants, increase our visibility, and improve our access as citizens no matter where we reside.

Economic justice is unfinished agenda

Economic justice is unfinished agendaEconomic empowerment is the next phase of the Civil Rights Movement, according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., who hosted the 17th annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit Feb. 11 – 13 in New York. The summit, "50 Years After the Civil Rights Act: The Unfinished Agenda for Economic Justice," focused on the decline in Black-owned businesses, home foreclosures and unemployment. The summit brought the nation's political, corporate, entrepreneurial and industry leaders to Wall Street to discuss the economic concerns distinctive to African-Americans and Latino communities.

Dr. Umar Johnson on the business of saving Black children: Schools miseducate, mistreat and mislabel

Dr. Umar Johnson on the business of saving Black children: Schools miseducate, mistreat and mislabelNoted child therapist and Pan-Africanist, Dr. Umar Johnson was scheduled to talk at 6 p.m. at the Minneapolis Urban League, but his lecture did not begin until about 6:45 p.m.

Election Commission urges voting reforms

Election Commission urges voting reformsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – In order to make sure no voter waits in line more than 30 minutes before casting a ballot, states need to adopt a series of election changes, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration proposed after a 6-month study.
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