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Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern Congo

Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern CongoNov. 5 (GIN) – Thousands of women dressed in white marched down the central boulevard in Kinshasa this week, singing the praises of President Joseph Kabila and the army, according to media on the scene.
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Coleman wins in St. Paul, Hodges presumptive Mayor of Minneapolis; Warsame, Yang, and Cano make City Council history

Coleman wins in St. Paul, Hodges presumptive Mayor of Minneapolis; Warsame, Yang, and Cano make City Council historyFRIDAY, NOV. 8 – Nov. 5, 2013 will be remembered as a day of history and infamy in Minnesota elections – Minneapolis in particular.

For the first time in a major election, voters took to the polls faced with a ranked choice voting ballot and an absurd number of candidates – 35 to be exact – vying to become Minneapolis’ next mayor. The combination meant a 17-inch long ballot for voters and days of tabulations for city elections officials. At the time of press, while it is presumed that Betsy Hodges will be named the city’s mayor elect, the results were not yet official after a staggering 15 rounds of ballot counting and Hodges was about 10,000 votes shy of being named the victor even though her closest challenger, Mark Andrew already conceded.
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Abdi Warsame becomes first African-born Minneapolis City Council member

Abdi Warsame becomes first African-born Minneapolis City Council memberAbdi Warsame (Nov. 5) became the first person born in Africa to become a Minneapolis City Council member. He beat incumbent Robert Lilligren handily to win the Ward 6 seat. Born in Somalia and raised in London, he is the executive director of the Riverside Tenants Association. The association advocates for the residents who live in the high rises in Cedar-Riverside area, home to many Somali-Americans.
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Obama selects 3 African Americans to Manage Key U.S. Security and Counter-Terrorism Operations

Obama selects 3 African Americans to Manage Key U.S. Security and Counter-Terrorism OperationsFor the first time in history, three African Americans selected by President Barack Obama could simultaneously manage high-level federal operations that shape national and global law enforcement policies while also protecting America against terrorists.
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Black clergy push 'Obamacare' enrollment as glitches get fixed

Black clergy push 'Obamacare' enrollment as glitches get fixedRev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner and Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian are among 14 leading Black preachers who sent a letter to the President assuring they will organize and push to get African-Americans signed up for the Affordable Care Act.

(TriceEdneyWire.com) - A team of African-American preachers has sent a letter to President Barack Obama affirming their "commitment to the Affordable Care Act" even as the President has ordered the website overhauled.
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Newark’s Cory Booker wins Senate seat

Newark’s Cory Booker wins Senate seatIn what many expected Newark Mayor Cory Booker nabbed the coveted U.S. Senate seat in a hotly contested race against Republican hopeful Steve Lonegan at a special election on Wednesday in New Jersey. The gregarious mayor becomes the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate since President Barack Obama.
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Urban league tribute to Charles Nichols

Urban league tribute to Charles NicholsThe Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) mourns the death of Charles Nichols, an educator, advisor, advocate, and public servant.

The League also pays tribute to Nichols’ legacy as a trusted leader and mentor who championed efforts to inspire youth to become productive citizens and future leaders of their community. Those whose lives he touched will remember a patient instructor, a strict but caring school administrator, a principled professional, and a seriously fun-loving and witty colleague.
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Target initiates ban the box nationwide

Target initiates ban the box nationwideIn an overflow meeting at the Capri Theater, executives with Target Corporation engaged in a dialog about how corporate hiring policies prevent people with criminal arrest – disproportionately people of color – from securing a job.

The community meeting was organized by TakeAction Minnesota through its Justice 4 All, fair hiring campaign.
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NAZ: 1,300 children on college track

NAZ: 1,300 children on college trackIn a basement room lined with college banners, inside the Five Points Building, staffers, parents and partners celebrated Northside Achievement Zone’s (NAZ) milestone of having 1,300 students enrolled and on track to be college ready.
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Ugly chants by soccer fans mar 'no to racism' week

Ugly chants by soccer fans mar 'no to racism' weekOct. 29 (GIN) – African soccer stars came under a hail of racist chanting at a recent Champions League match by Russians in Moscow last week.

The incident highlighted the failure of official anti-racism efforts, particularly this week's "Football (soccer) Against Racism in Europe Action Week" organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
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How Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) works in multi-seat elections

How Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) works in multi-seat electionsIn a multi-seat election, Ranked Choice Voting is applied in much in the same way as a single-seat election—with the simple and effective addition of transferring a winning candidate's surplus votes to second-choice candidates. To win, candidates must receive a minimum threshold of support. Some candidates might win with first-choice support, but most depend on second and third choices as well, fostering more inclusive campaigns.
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