Friday, 19 July 2013 15:37
Scott Gray, MUL President/CEO
Last week a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. As a father of two black boys, a leader in this community, and a citizen in this nation, I am saddened and deeply concerned by the verdict in the case. For those of us who wanted to see Justice served, we feel betrayed and outraged. This verdict illustrates how the deep-rooted ugliness of bias can be masked in a system that rarely protects those who it was not designed to serve. When you consider the many advancements we have witnessed in our lifetime, it is disappointing that our country is not as far ahead as we would hope. These actions confirm our work is far from over and we must continue to persist every day to achieve equality for all.
Sanford residents worried about their city's future
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:09
James Harper Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier
SANFORD, FLA. – Now that George Zimmerman has been found not guilty and the news media are packing to leave Sanford, residents are concerned about the future of their city and the lives of other Black teens who may be walking their streets and are killed on their way home.
Department of Justice Petition: One million people
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:32
As of Tuesday morning, one million people have signed an NAACP petition asking the Department of Justice to pursue federal and civil rights charges against George Zimmerman after he was founded not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
$1.2 million dollar grant expands digital skills, access
Monday, 15 July 2013 11:16
For 13 years, the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps program, a project of the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), has provided technology instruction to underserved individuals with low technology skills across the Twin Cities.
Lucy Laney Elementary: Looking back and moving forward
Friday, 12 July 2013 16:45
It’s noon at Lucy Laney Elementary.
The hallways are filled with little faces, folded arms, and stomping feet. A flat screen television that serves as the school’s bulletin board hangs high in the main hallway. A vivid mural depicting the north Minneapolis tornado gives the tragedy shape and color from the students’ perspective. The aesthetics of the school are wonderful and appealing to the eye, but make no mistake; the children walking these halls come from neighborhoods that have a history littered with high unemployment rates, unstable housing stock, rapidly escalating crime centered around an epidemic of youth violence and just about every other indicator such as lower test scores and lower graduation rates that points to achievement gaps in education.