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Feb 09th


Justice 4 All: Bridging the racial jobs gap

Justice 4 All: Bridging the racial jobs gapDid you know that in Minnesota one in five people have an arrest or conviction record that can show up on a routine criminal background check for employment? Community members with a criminal or arrest record are routinely denied employment, leading to one million people within Minnesota struggling to find work. A person’s criminal record and even a person’s arrest record will follow them throughout their lives and may negatively impact their employment opportunities. By promoting changes to employer’s use of background information, it allows for access to employment opportunities for those with criminal records. 

Gates unlocked!

Gates unlocked!Born in Keyser, West Virginia on September 16, 1950, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He is the author of 16 books, has made 12 documentaries, and is the editor-in-chief of The Root, a daily online magazine.

The Links: Emerald Service Awards

The Links: Emerald Service AwardsMargaret Hawkins and Sarah Scott gathered seven of their friends at a planning meeting on the evening of Nov. 9, 1946 at a home in Philadelphia.

This was the next step in their plans to officially form a club of African-American women with various chapters along the eastern seaboard. The women would participate in civic, educational, and cultural activities. Additionally, they would develop a deep understanding of their social and civic responsibilities. They called themselves The Links.

President Obama prevails in budget showdown

President Obama prevails in budget showdownWASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling.

Members appointed to serve on Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council

Members appointed to serve on Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership CouncilThe Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently appointed 33 people to a council charged with reducing disparities within programs serving human services clients.

The Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013, and will advise the Human Services commissioner on reducing disparities that affect racial and ethnic groups in human services programs and ensure that departmental policies and procedures are aligned to promote the best possible outcomes for all Minnesotans.

Minnesota rolls out online voter registration

Minnesota rolls out online voter registrationWhen my husband moved to Minnesota from Maine 17 years ago, he was met at the curb by our friend Tim, who handed him a voter registration card. As most Minnesotans know, voters have had the choice of filling out a registration card in advance or taking advantage of same-day registration at the polls.

Grant supports MUL Financial Opportunity Center

Grant supports MUL Financial Opportunity CenterWells Fargo, one of America's leading community banks and the nation's largest home mortgage lender, recently announced that it is making a $80,000 donation to the Minneapolis Urban League.

With the grant, the Minneapolis Urban League will operate a Financial Opportunity Center offering clients a set of focused services in three overlapping areas:

Women of color who ride bikes in the Twin Cities

Women of color who ride bikes in the Twin CitiesOn a rainy Saturday morning two women are at bike work stations receiving hands-on learning about the ins and outs of bicycle mechanics. These two women are not white or Lycra clad, nor would you confuse them with the “creative class” that is associated with the biking community. They are learning bike maintenance skills at SPOKES Bike-Walk Connections (1915 E. 22nd Street) in the Seward Minneapolis neighborhood. According to their bulletin, this organization is an innovative community bike and walking center with a goal of getting more people biking and walking for transportation and exercise. On their wall is a picture of bicycle parts written in Amharic, Eritrean, Ojibwa, and Oromo translations.

Edwards, Weems survive breast cancer; happy to be alive

Edwards, Weems survive breast cancer; happy to be alivePamela Weems is a well-known trendsetter in the Twin Cities and she is hoping to start a new trend of talking openly about breast cancer awareness, screenings and early detection. 

Weems, who has been an icon in the Twin Cities nightclub and promotions scene for many years is using her local celebrity to promote awareness following her two bouts with the deadly disease. And she is not standing alone. Several women are joining the cause and are telling their stories to hopefully prevent future deaths by promoting regular screenings in efforts of early detection.

Baring our soles

Baring our soles“Nobody knows my story and nobody’s walked in my shoes,” are the words that came to Verlene Green’s mind when a friend asked her to attend the Sister Stories Shoe Project a few weeks ago at the Minnesota African American History Museum. 

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said the 57-year-old Minneapolis Public Schools assistant principal. But Green was intrigued when her friend told her that they would be sharing their shoe stories.


Slap on wrist for fake drugs vendor called 'shameful'

Slap on wrist for fake drugs vendor called 'shameful'Oct. 1 (GIN) – Counterfeit drugs are a chronic problem in Africa's largely unsupervised market place. So-called anti-malaria drugs imported from India have been found with little or no ability to protect adults or children. So the recent release of a fake drug dealer with a mere slap on the wrist has infuriated some Ghanaians.
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