USAfrica, December 20, 2011: As the year 2011 draws down and we embrace the promise of 2012, a recurring concern for Nigerians and the international communities remains: are we safe going about our every day lives or investing to do business in most parts of Nigeria?
First, is your quiet, unspoken prayer as you head to your village or run a small business in Maiduguri, Kano, Aba, Damataru, Yobe, Kaduna, Yenagoa, Bayelsa, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Uyo, Jos one of the following: may the evil eyes and bazooka of kidnappers not see me; and, may the lethal bombs of the violent agitators of Boko Haram, MEND and others set their gps in the same zone I may go… Amen!
February 7, 2012 is when thousands of Minnesotans will gather together to become actively involved with their local political unit and participate at the most grassroots level of democracy. Things start off at 7PM.
When you attend your local caucus you have to opportunity to speak with city, county, and congressional district candidates, participate in a preferential straw ballot, and compose resolutions that have the potential to be forwarded to their local unit conventions and the state convention. This is where government begins!
MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now released the following statement in response to the announcement that Minnesota was one of nine states to win the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge:
“This victory validates everything Minnesota did this year to make sure all of our children start their education off right,” said Vallay Varro, executive director of MinnCAN. “In 2011, the business community and broader civic community were instrumental in helping Minnesota enact these key early childhood reforms, including $4 million in scholarships for low-income families tied to a preschool rating system. We are ecstatic for our next-generation learners who will benefit from an excellent educational foundation.”
WASHINGTON--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which funds the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012:
“This bill continues down the Republican Congress’s wrongheaded path for our country. By enshrining the Budget Control Act of this summer, the latest appropriations package maintains handouts to special interests at the expense of the middle class.
Reggie’s short film "A War For Your Soul" is a stirring, inspirational video for today’s generation. Over 10 million internet viewers have watched “A War For Your Soul” in 2 years. The video has garnered praise from mayors, city leaders, youth and civic organizations and almost every major country around the world, sparking dialogue in encouraging adults to play a more active role in educating children.
Washington, DC –Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement, regarding the official end to American military operations in Iraq.
“President Obama deserves tremendous credit for ending America’s war in Iraq, honoring his commitment to bring all U.S. troops home. As commander-in-chief he has always set the appropriate course of action in Iraq while always honoring the service and sacrifice of our troops and our military families.
WASHINGTON--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, today introduced the Get Corporate Money out of Politics Amendment to the United States Constitution. The bill reaffirms the importance of a level playing field and authorizes Congress and the States to regulate election contributions of for-profit corporations.