McCollum amendment to FY14 defense appropriation bill prohibits funds for CIA's lethal drone program
Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:57
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, is offering an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 defense appropriations bill to end funding for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) program that kills targets with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. The amendment gives sole responsibility for any lethal military action using UAVs to the Department of Defense, specifying that operations must be conducted by "members of the Armed Forces under the authority provided pursuant to title 10, United States Code."
Like fashion and design, education should be accessible to everyone, Target executive Laysha Ward said.
"Successful businesses and successful communities are inextricably linked," Ward said. "Target democratized design; now we're working to democratize education, because we know that our future success, and that of the global economy, depends on an educated workforce."
Minneapolis offers some of the best parks in the nation
Monday, 17 June 2013 12:00
Minneapolis was recently named the nation's best big city for public parks by the Trust of the Public Land. In the organizations 2013 ParkScore® Index, Rating Park Systems in the 50 Largest U.S. Cities, Minneapolis unseated San Francisco as the nation's top park system. Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) is honored to see his community rated so high, but isn't surprised by the rating.
The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863, A Transcription
Monday, 17 June 2013 09:56
The President of the United States of America
Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:
Nellie Stone Johnson was born December 17, 1905 to one of a few black families that settled in the rural farming communities of Dakota County at the turn of the last century.
From an early age, Johnson revealed an activist spirit, distributing leaflets for the Nonpartisan League on her way to school at age 13, and joining the Minneapolis NAACP at age 16. She eventually moved to Minneapolis, becoming a force for union and civil rights as a founding member of many of today’s civic organizations, including the merger of the Minnesota Democratic Party with the Farm-Labor Party (DFL). She was also instrumental in the creation of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the State of Minnesota’s Human Rights Department, the first of its kind in the nation.
The Sound of Transformation: Sharing our stories through the Sounds of Blackness
Thursday, 13 June 2013 20:53
When it comes to telling the story of the African experience in America, the saga unfolds against the backdrop of sounds, voices, hymns and hollers that embody that journey. Each genre within the family of black music is an expression of our experience at each stage of progression, punctuating the timeline of history.
For over 87 years, the Minneapolis Urban League has led the charge to serve the community and all those who call it home by serving families, helping people find jobs, homes and create their own pathways to opportunity. Conversely, we’ve been graced by the talents and services of many from within our community who’ve served tirelessly as champions of change. We are pleased to honor one such individual as our 2013 Trailblazer Honoree, Dr. Josie Johnson.
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington... The road to transformation
Thursday, 13 June 2013 19:46
Thousands of African-Americans migrated to the upper Midwest in search of better opportunities and to avoid the harsh Jim Crow laws prevalent in the South. The end of WWII saw the return of soldiers disillusioned from fighting for a country that didn't protect the very rights they fought for. The lack of jobs, housing and equal opportunities for African Americans edged the historically moderate Urban League to the forefront of the burgeoning civil rights movement advocating for equal opportunity and socioeconomic change.