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President honors ‘True Champions’ with Medal of Freedom

President honors ‘True Champions’ with Medal of FreedomWASHINGTON (NNPA) – During what he called one of his “favorite events every year,” President Obama presented 16 outstanding individuals, including four African Americans, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

President John F. Kennedy created the Presidential Medal of Freedom 50 years ago to honor exceptional people for their courage and contributions to society during their careers.
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Let my nephew go

Let my nephew goI am writing as an Egyptian national who has lived in the United States for 35 years and who still feels a close connection to his native country.
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McCollum: Violence against women unacceptable

McCollum: Violence against women unacceptableWashington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, today said, "Violence in all forms – emotional, physical, and financial – is a real fear for women of all ages, races, sexualities, and nationalities. It is unacceptable that one in three women worldwide will be the victim of violence in their lifetime. I am proud of my efforts in Congress to keep women safe, but we must do more. I will continue to fight for the rights and safety of all women in the fourth district, in Minnesota, and around the world."
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The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul 's "Images of Africa: An African Film Series" features 27 films and exceptional filmmaking

The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul 's After a few successful years of exploring different countries (2010's "In Search of Asia" and 2011 with "Latin Festival") the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul has turned their attention to Africa bringing us, "Images of Africa," which features 27 films. The screenings started on Friday, November 15 and run through Thursday, November 21 at St. Anthony Main Theatre and also Mixed Blood Theater.
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Ladan Yusuf and CrossingBarriers: 'It is okay to talk about racism'

Ladan Yusuf and CrossingBarriers: 'It is okay to talk about racism'When Ladan Yusuf came to the United States from Somalia at the age of 13, she could not read or write English proficiently. By the time she was in the eleventh grade, at a public high school in northern Virginia, she was in an AP English class with native English speakers. Yusuf credits the strong English Language Learner (ELL) programs of the public schools she went to for her quick rise.
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Excited about Ranked Choice Voting

Excited about Ranked Choice VotingAlthough my first-choice mayoral candidate didn't win this year, I can't help feeling excitement and pride about the results of this year's Minneapolis municipal elections. All-in-all, they were a triumph – for women, for people of color, for political diversity, and for stronger democracy.
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Affordable Care Act will create more jobs

Affordable Care Act will create more jobsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Health care reform under the Affordable Care Act is off to a sickly start. There have been problems with the main marketplace website, calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, tepid enrollment numbers, and a series of presidential apologies.
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Weight loss can decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes

Weight loss can decrease risk of Type 2 diabetesIn Minnesota, nearly 300,000 adults have Type 2 diabetes, and as many as 1.4 million Minnesotans have prediabetes. Most do not know it. Of those estimated to have prediabetes, only about 1 in 6 people even know they have the condition. 
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Pilots bring flight to academy for Black teens

Pilots bring flight to academy for Black teensCurrently in aviation only about seven percent of all U.S. pilots are African-American.

For those who fly regularly, this number might not seem shocking, as it is quite rare to see an African-American in a commercial cockpit. Some might even be shocked that the percentage is even that high. But a group of aviators in the Twin Cities is working to boost the appallingly low numbers and introduce a new generation of African-Americans to a career in flight.
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Pop-up Museum at Capri showcases North Minneapolis

Pop-up Museum at Capri showcases North MinneapolisOn October 30, artists of all kinds came out to show the colorful face of North Minneapolis, in the Tell Me Something Good pop-up museum.

Hosted by the Capri Theater on Broadway Avenue, the event provided a forum for local artists and community members to combat negative views of the Northside by showing some of its good side.

Pop-up museum have appeared all over the country in various forms but all seek to use audience participation to create dialogue on specific issues. In this instance, numerous participants came together to tell an authentic Northside story.
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Open letter welcomes Warsame to rights, equity legacy

Open letter welcomes Warsame to rights, equity legacyTo Council Member-elect Abdi Warsame:

We speak from among members of the African American community to heartily hail and salute your successful election to the City Council of Minneapolis.

You are not only the first continental African to win a seat on the Council, you are the first Somali. Only one other Somali has won a city council seat across the United States –Ahmed Hassan, of Clarkston, GA.

We welcome you to this long persistent journey in the struggle to make democracy more inclusive and real for persons of color. Your achievement reminds us that democracy is a process, and not a static condition. We wish you well.

Hip Hip Hurrah!

Signed,
Al McFarlane, Verlena Matey-Keke, Mahmoud El-Kati, and African American community members.
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