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Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden appalled by pro-photo ID supporters’ racist online imagery

State Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) spoke out Monday against blatantly racist images posted on WeWantVoterID.com, a Web site run by Minnesota Majority. The Web site features a “Voter Fraud” banner depicting an African-American in a prison uniform and a man in mariachi dress at a poll booth.

“As if attempting to disenfranchise voters weren’t bad enough, now Minnesota Majority is using scare tactics and racial profiling to ensure passage of the voter suppression amendment. It is appalling,” said Hayden.

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Larnell McMorris elected to NAACP board

Larnell McMorris elected to NAACP board

 

The NAACP National Board of Directors elected Lamell McMorris as one of the Board's youngest and newest members on Saturday, February 18, 2012.  The election took place at the 103rd NAACP Annual Meeting at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. 

"I am both humbled and honored to be elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors.  This great organization has been at the forefront of all civil rights organizations for more than a century, and is continuing to advocate each day for the political, educational, social, and economic equality rights of all people," said McMorris.  "I am excited to be part of the leadership that will shape policy for the NAACP, and continue the fight in eliminating discrimination in our nation and throughout the world."

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Michelle Obama explains Let’s Move Campaign

Michelle Obama explains Let’s Move Campaign

SiriusXM’s Joe Madison interviews First Lady Michelle Obama about “Let’s Move” Campaign

SiriusXM’s Joe Madison recently sat down with First Lady Michelle Obama at the “Let’s Move!” Faith and Communities Event held February 11 at Northland Church in Longwood, Florida at which the First Lady spoke about the progress that has been made during the last two years of “Let’s Move!,” her national initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation.

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Ellison: Ease restrictions on Somalia money transfers

Rep. Keith Ellison has called on the U.S. Treasury to ease restrictions on money transfers to Somalia.

Somali-Americans trying to send money to loved ones in their homeland have become increasingly frustrated after the treasury department restricted transfers amid concerns that some of the money may have been used to fund terrorist organizations. The last U.S. bank to allow wire transfers to Somali, Franklin Bank, announced last December it would no longer allow Somali hawalas – an underground banking system based on trust whereby money can be made available internationally – to hold accounts with the bank.

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Black farmers get $1.25 billion settlement

Black farmers get $1.25 billion settlement

Following the march from Selma to Montgomery, America was changed forever. To claim that it would be welcomed or rapid would be to miss the relevance of the situation that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others accomplished on those long and winding, southern roads. These roads were fatal for some of the participants and dangerous for nearly all of those who followed Dr. King in those fateful days in March of 1965. But history teaches us that the relevance of a movement is not gauged by the moment, but by its long term results. When asked by some in the media and by his own staff how long it would be before African-Americans would receive voting rights, Dr. King responded by saying, "How long? Not long, because the arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice..."

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CHICAGO: Remembering Claire Evans

CHICAGO: Remembering Claire Evans

Christian Peace Teams (CPT) activist Claire Evans died on the morning of 9 February 2012, five weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She spent her last days with her twin sister, Sue, in Lansing, Michigan.

Claire Evans was not the most public personality in the wider CPT organization, but she was one of its most influential workers.  As the Delegations Coordinator, she was often the first person that people who were interested in exploring involvement with CPT met.  Her handling of finances brought her into contact with all of the full-time CPTers who submitted their expenses to her.  Her commitment to Undoing Oppressions within CPT changed not only how delegations were conducted, but also how support team and all the teams in the field functioned.  CPT Reservist Jerry Stein wrote of her,  “She epitomized for me, as I was entering the CPT world, what a member could be and become…”

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CHICAGO: Remembering Claire Evans

Christian Peace Teams (CPT) activist Claire Evans died on the morning of 9 February 2012, five weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She spent her last days with her twin sister, Sue, in Lansing, Michigan.

Claire Evans was not the most public personality in the wider CPT organization, but she was one of its most influential workers.  As the Delegations Coordinator, she was often the first person that people who were interested in exploring involvement with CPT met.  Her handling of finances brought her into contact with all of the full-time CPTers who submitted their expenses to her.  Her commitment to Undoing Oppressions within CPT changed not only how delegations were conducted, but also how support team and all the teams in the field functioned.  CPT Reservist Jerry Stein wrote of her,  “She epitomized for me, as I was entering the CPT world, what a member could be and become…”

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A tribute to Black leaders in the food and hospitality industry

In celebration of Black History Month, The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) released its 4th Annual Tribute to Black Leadership in Hospitality, which honors high ranking Black leaders in the restaurant, lodging, and food manufacturing industries. Each year, MFHA profiles the top Black Leaders in the industry as a way to celebrate their accomplishments while demonstrating for Black youth that great opportunities exist for them in the food and hospitality industry.

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Obama Administration launches teacher-led national conversation

The Obama Administration’s 2013 proposed budget includes a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and districts to work with teachers, unions, colleges of education and other stakeholders to comprehensively reform the field of teaching.  The proposal touches on every phase of teaching from training and tenure to compensation and career opportunities.

Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan held a town hall meeting with teachers to launch the RESPECT Project, a national conversation led by active classroom teachers working temporarily for the Department to help inform the administration’s proposal and the broader effort to reform teaching.  RESPECT is an acronym that stands for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching.
 

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Challenge campaign insults, slurs not Obama

Challenge campaign insults, slurs not Obama

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer insults the president with a finger-wagging tarmac rant in Arizona. As a result, sales of her book soar.

American presidents have always been fair game for public criticism. But isn’t it past time that we challenge the campaign of insult, racial slur and utter disrespect that has been unleashed on Barack Obama?

Consider just the Republican presidential contenders. The campaign started with Donald Trump’s ugly nonsense about Obama’s birth certificate, suggesting that he was un-American. Newt Gingrich devoted a book, To Save America, to denouncing Obama’s “secular socialist machine that represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany.”

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Governor Dayton names Mayor Rybak Co-Chair of LGA Advisory Group

Mayors to recommend solutions for tax reform

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced this week that he has named Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak a co-chair of the Tax Reform Advisory Group for Local Government Aid (LGA). This advisory group will review and discuss major policy issues related to Local Government Aid, specifically on how to best pay for local services while holding local property taxes down. The work of this advisory group will directly support Governor Dayton’s comprehensive tax reform proposal, which will be presented to the 2013 legislature

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