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Leadership NEXT! Will we choose to harness the potential of youth in our global village?

Leadership NEXT! Will we choose to harness the potential of youth in our global village?On Oct. 26, 2011, the UN Population Fund (UNFPD) stated in its Global Population Report that, “The world is in danger of missing a golden opportunity for development and economic growth, a demographic dividend, as the largest cohort of young people ever known see their most economically productive years wasted. The potential economic benefits of having such a large global population of young people will go unfulfilled, as a generation suffers from a lack of education, and investment in infrastructure and job creation.”
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Voting rights at risk

The United States Supreme Court – in a sharply divided, 5 - 4 ruling – struck down a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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Getting knowledge

Getting knowledgeAttendees of the 87th Annual Minneapolis Urban league (MUL) were treated to a “private” lesson in business from trailblazing entrepreneur Daymond John, founder of FUBU and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

The gala, which celebrated the civil rights organization’s 87 years of providing economic and employment resources to the area’s residents of color, was recently held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The lesson was private in that John, who has an estimated net worth of $250 million, admonished anyone from taping his motivational address.
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Obama pledges to fight for restoration of Voting Rights Act

Obama pledges to fight for restoration of Voting Rights Act WASHINGTON – President Obama has pledged that his administration will do "everything in its power" to repair the damage done by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday when it struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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The White House Blog: Traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania

The White House Blog: Traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and TanzaniaYesterday, President Obama, his family, and the U.S. delegation began our trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, as part of our commitment to invest in Africa's development and its people. It is my first trip to these countries, and I look forward to meeting new faces from each country.
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Racial and ethnic minorities face more subtle housing discrimination

WASHINGTON – Blatant acts of housing discrimination faced by minority homeseekers continue to decline in the U.S., yet more subtle forms of housing denial stubbornly persist, according to a new summary study released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute. Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012 finds African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians learn about fewer housing options than equally qualified whites.
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AARP volunteers from every state visit Capitol Hill to urge separate Social Security debate, Press for responsible solutions to strengthen Medicare

AARP volunteers from every state visit Capitol Hill to urge separate Social Security debate, Press for responsible solutions to strengthen MedicareWASHINGTON, DC - AARP volunteers and staff from every state visited Capitol Hill last week to express opposition to the President's proposed Social Security benefit cut known as Chained CPI and to support responsible solutions to strengthen Medicare. Meeting with Senators, Members of Congress and their staff, AARP volunteers urged their representatives to have a separate debate on Social Security and to back specific proposals that would strengthen Medicare and the health care system overall.
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Motown gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs' hit anthem "Break Every Chain" is #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs Chart

Motown gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs' hit anthem Motown Gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs continues to break every record at radio and retail. The hit praise and worship anthem, "Break Every Chain" is #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart with nearly four million in listening audience.
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New law will raise cost of cigarettes and help Minnesotans quit

New law will raise cost of cigarettes and help Minnesotans quitOn July 1, a new law will take effect, and Minnesota's per-pack tax on cigarettes will go up by $1.60. This tax increase will raise the average price of a pack of cigarettes in Minnesota from approximately $6 per pack to more than $7.50 per pack. It is the only increase of its kind across the nation this year, and it will move Minnesota's national rank for cigarette taxation from 28th to 6th.
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Ellison renews call to end sequester; says area’s most vulnerable hardest hit

Ellison renews call to end sequester; says area’s most vulnerable hardest hitParents in Community Action (PICA) Head Start Executive Director Alyce Dillon said her program’s resources are stretched to the max.

If further federal cuts, known as sequester, are to occur, Dillon is forecasting a bleak future for those who could be dropped from Head Start, the federal preschool educational, health and nutritional program for disadvantaged children. The 43-year veteran of the program said Head Start in Hennepin County is already in a dire predicament.
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Pending cuts to food stamp program could mean additional hardship for those in need

Pending cuts to food stamp program could mean additional hardship for those in needFor those with little or no income, government food assistance is the only way in which some are able eat.

But come Nov. 1 that assistance may be greatly reduced. This past May the House Committee on Agricultural passed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947), also known as the Farm Bill. The bill cuts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – formerly know as the food stamp program – by $20.5 billion over the next 10 years.
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