Blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, one of the nation's highest disparities, according to FBI statistics. Minnesota 2020's latest report, Collateral Costs, finds these disproportionate arrest rates further exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color.
Washington, D.C. – Members of the National Medical Association (NMA), the nation's largest organization of African-American physicians, have developed and refined an aggressive action plan to help reduce the health disparities that plague the African-American community and result in an unnecessary loss of life and an annual cost to the U.S. economy of billions of dollars.
Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:45
Apr. 21 (GIN) - While divers conducted their final searches in Korea for the high school students drowned in a misguided ferry excursion, in Nigeria, Principal Asabe Kwambula pleaded with kidnappers of over 100 high school girls to "have mercy on the students."
Rwandan "genocide hunters" still searching for perpetrators
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:56
Apr. 7 (GIN) – On the 20th anniversary of one of the worst massacres on the African continent – the Rwandan genocide – a Rwandese couple is still reliving the nightmare as they search for perpetrators in foreign countries complicit in crimes against humanity.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:49
Donna Brazile, DNC Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation
Nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and in public places. The law passed with bipartisan support -- in fact, Republicans helped lead the charge and break the filibuster.
Despite the pleas of several current and former students of the Urban League Academy – a Minneapolis contract alternative school – a divided school board voted to give the school a one-year provisional contract, placing the school's future in jeopardy.
Open or closed: What happened to Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School?
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:32
Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet
This is one of a series of four articles looking for lessons to be learned from Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School, the first school to open under Minnesota's site-governed schools law, passed in 2009.
In the fall of 2012, after more than three years of planning and preparation, Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School (PBFI), opened in north Minneapolis. Just over one year later, the school's independent governing council, which manages the school under the authority of the Minneapolis School Board, recommended that the school be closed.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:28
Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For the first time in 42 years, the United Negro College Fund has altered its signature phrase. Now, a mind is not only "a terrible thing to waste," but "a wonderful thing to invest in."