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Feb 13th


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.

Sheriff’s Deputy Lieutenant June Johnson files EEOC complaint against Hennepin County

Sheriff’s Deputy Lieutenant June Johnson files EEOC complaint against Hennepin CountyA veteran law enforcement officer has filed civil rights violations charges at the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against her employer, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and Hennepin County.


PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE: Karen BlanchardIf someone works in the healthcare industry, it is widely known that there is a risk of infection.

For the staff and patients of North Point Health & Wellness Center, 1313 Penn Ave. N., the "infection" that is going around is enthusiasm, and Patient Zero for this pathogen is registered dietitian, Karen Blanchard.

Neutralize Al-Shabab by supporting Somalia

Neutralize Al-Shabab by supporting SomaliaThis article originally published in Mshale African Community Newspaper.

Al-Shabab's assault on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, exemplifies the behavior of a cornered animal — it lashes out when threatened. The tragic paradox of last week's attack is that recent security gains against Al-Shabab in Somalia have caused the organization to pursue soft targets abroad.

Rep. Moran receives National Award for legislative service

Rep. Moran receives National Award for legislative serviceThis week, Rep. Rena Moran (DFL – St. Paul) was selected as a 2013 WiLL Pacesetter and honored at a national conference, "Women at the Tables of Power," sponsored by the Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) of Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), in Washington, DC.

Black consumer power still matters

Black consumer power still mattersIt's my pleasure to introduce you to Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-Consumer 2013 Report. This is Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association's third comprehensive, in-depth report on African-American consumers. I along with Cloves Campbell, chairman of the NNPA; Rev. Jacques DeGraff who is the co-chair of Nielsen's External African-American Advisory Council, officially released the report at a press conference during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 43rd Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
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