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Profiles in Excellence: Trista Harris – a career of giving

Profiles in Excellence: Trista Harris – a career of givingTrista Harris never dreamed of climbing the corporate ladder.

She never wanted to go near it. Since she was just a young child, Harris' drive was to work in the nonprofit sector, devoting her talents to community building – choosing people over personal gain. In doing so, Harris has risen to the top of the nonprofit ranks and now heads the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), an organization whose members represent three-quarters of all grant making in the state, awarding almost $1 billion annually. For Harris, her life is driven by fighting to stamp out inequality and injustice.
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Metro Transit Police swear in 19 full-time officers

Metro Transit Police swear in 19 full-time officersThe Metro Transit Police Department has added 19 new full-time officers to its ranks. Officers were sworn in August 2, 2013 by Chief John Harrington at a ceremony in Minneapolis.
"This well-qualified group of full-time officers will fill a key role for our region's growing transit system – particularly as we prepare for METRO Green Line light-rail service next year," Harrington said. "Metro Transit customers represent many different cultural backgrounds and this diverse group of officers is reflective of the many communities that make up the Twin Cities."
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Minneapolis STEP-UP Youth Employment program celebrates 10 years and 18,000 internships

Minneapolis STEP-UP Youth Employment program celebrates 10 years and 18,000 internshipsOn Thursday, August 15 the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program celebrated 10 years of providing summer internship opportunities to Minneapolis youth in partnership with AchieveMpls and the Minneapolis WorkForce Centers. Since 2004, youth ages 14-21 have received nearly 18,000 internships and over 230 Twin Cities' employers have participated in the STEP-UP program.
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Lawyers’ Committee praises Federal Court Ruling NYPD’s stop and frisk practices unconstitutional

Lawyers’ Committee praises Federal Court Ruling NYPD’s stop and frisk practices unconstitutional Yesterday, a federal district court judge declared that the New York City Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk practices are unconstitutional. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine issued the following statement applauding the court’s ruling in the case, Floyd v. City of New York:
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Open letter to the community: Ranked Choice Voting gives communities of color more opportunities

Open letter to the community: Ranked Choice Voting gives communities of color more opportunitiesNationwide, democracy is in trouble.

It's threatened from many different directions – by political polarization, by cynicism and apathy, by big money and special interests, by calculated attempts to suppress the vote. The recent Supreme Court decision striking at the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is the latest blow – a distressing reminder that when it comes to safeguarding and expanding that fundamental American right, we've got lots of work to do.
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CNN: Black purchasing power exceeds $1.1 trillion

CNN: Black purchasing power exceeds $1.1 trillionIf the African-American community were a county unto itself, economically it would be the 16th largest nation in the world.

A 2011 study concluded that the African-American dollar has a collective worth of more than $1.1 trillion annually. But with such collective wealth, many ponder why and how so many African-Americans languish in poverty and as a whole has an unemployment rate that is near double the national average.
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Viking stadium construction puts parking over people

Viking stadium construction puts parking over peopleMore than a year has passed since the Minnesota State Legislature passed a plan to build the Minnesota Vikings a new football stadium. At that time HIRE Minnesota said in these pages, "If all the right steps are taken, hundreds of people of color will obtain jobs."
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A fresh start

A fresh startFor the past three years, WE WIN Institute has included gardens in its summer program for children, ages 5-15.
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Cherryhomes: Civilian Police Review Board still needed

Cherryhomes: Civilian Police Review Board still neededMost of us will never know the challenges and pressures faced by police officers. To a great extent they handle this stress with professionalism and poise. Unfortunately, some members of the police force cannot handle these difficult circumstances.
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Minnesota Liberian community split over Liberian finance minister's visit

Minnesota Liberian community split over Liberian finance minister's visitAs Liberian Independence Day approaches, the Liberian community in Minnesota is divided. Minnesota has a very large population of Liberian immigrants, who are active not only here but also in political issues back in Liberia. The Organization of Liberians In Minnesota(OLM) is sponsoring a visit by Liberian finance minister Amara Konneh, who is scheduled to speak at the Independence Day dinner and ball on July 26 in Brooklyn Center. A new group, the Movement of Liberians Against Corruption (MOLAC) opposes the visit, claiming corruption by the finance minister and specifically charging that there is a $13.3 million health grant from the European Union that is not accounted for. Charges and countercharges of corruption are all over a local Liberian list serve.
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Making history... again March on Washington

Making history... again March on WashingtonRemember the March on Washington? August 28, 1963. Tens of thousands of activists on the National Mall. A preacher's son from Atlanta talking about his dream for the country.
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