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NAACP laments the passing of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr

NAACP laments the passing of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP laments the passing of Matthew J. Perry, Jr., a federal judge, civil rights attorney, and a former member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  Perry passed away July 31st, 2011 at his home in South Carolina.

“Matthew Perry was a venerated member of the NAACP family,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “He commanded extraordinary respect throughout South Carolina as well as in our NAACP community.”
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Sierra Leone leads the way for maternal care

Sierra Leone leads the way for maternal care Women have been spilling out the doors of rural health clinic in Sierra Leone since the government eliminated fees for pregnant women and children.

The subsidized clinics have eliminated the need for births performed by the light of cell phones and flashlights. Trained medical staff oversee the deliveries, ensuring a higher level of protection for the new moms.

By waiving the fees, the government sharply reduced the mortality rates for pregnant women and deaths from malaria for small children.
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Deficit food fights in Congress dampened fund drives for famine in Somalia

Deficit food fights in Congress dampened fund drives for famine in SomaliaRelief organizations often chalk up their biggest fund raising successes during major humanitarian crises.

But the devastating famine in Somalia fell by the wayside as media turned its attention to other news scoops – including the protracted Congressional fight over the debt ceiling, the Rupert Murdoch phone hacking scandal, and the recent massacre in Norway.

“It’s even slower for us than Pakistan was,” grieved a spokesman for Mercy Corps, a U.S. relief and development group.
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Representative Rena Moran awarded fellowship to Midwestern leadership institute

State Representative Rena Moran (DFL – St. Paul) was among 37 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.

Representative Moran will meet with fellow lawmakers from Minnesota and 10 other Midwestern states and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan on August 12-16, in Madison, Wis., for The Council of State Governments’ 17th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).
 
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Jimmy Jackson: A great man

Jimmy Jackson: A great manJames Otho Jackson, known to many as "Jimmy" Jackson, of Minneapolis, died on June 8, 2011 at the age of 75.

James Jackson was a strong spirit, a student of the life and a social servant of the world, a wise conscious philosopher who was passionate about music and art.  He touched many people from all walks of life bridging cultural and social class barriers, as well as generational gaps in the diverse communities of people who had the privilege of crossing paths with him throughout his life.
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Freedom From Fear Awards: Welder frees workers from Texas labor camps

Freedom From Fear Awards: Welder frees workers from Texas labor campsSynopsis: Lured by the promise of a well-paid job, an Indian guest worker soon found himself in a labor camp in Texas. This is part three in a six-part series profiling winners of the Freedom From Fear Awards.

With the proceeds from the sale of his parents' home in India, loans from aunts and uncles, and the money he'd saved while working as a welder in the Middle East, Aby K. Raju was able to scrape together the $20,000 the job recruiter wanted from him in exchange for a job in the United States and a green card.
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Image not part of Tut exhibit: Science Museum

I'm writing in response to "An Open Letter to the Science Museum of Minnesota," published on July 27 and written by Rev. Les Lester from the St. Paul NAACP. 

The Science Museum is proud to host Tutankhamun: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs. This is the exhibition's first and only stop in Minnesota. It has reached across North America and features stunning objects from King Tut’s tomb, as well as from the tombs of some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history.
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South Africans in joyous spirit, mark Mandela's 93rd year

South Africans in joyous spirit, mark Mandela's 93rd year(GIN) - The birthday of national hero Nelson Mandela was marked with tree planting, children’s choruses of Happy Birthday Madiba, and “67 minutes” of good deeds suggested by The Nelson Mandela Foundation. “Read to someone who cannot see, help the elderly with grocery shopping, get tested for HIV with your partner, help a neighbor in need,” the Foundation suggested.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged people around the world "to make a difference" by tutoring a child, feeding the hungry or volunteering at a hospital or community center.
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Address by President Barack Obama to the Nation

July25, 2011 - 9:01 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I want to talk about the debate we’ve been having in Washington over the national debt -- a debate that directly affects the lives of all Americans.

For the last decade, we’ve spent more money than we take in.  In the year 2000, the government had a budget surplus.  But instead of using it to pay off our debt, the money was spent on trillions of dollars in new tax cuts, while two wars and an expensive prescription drug program were simply added to our nation’s credit card.
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Statement by the Press Secretary on balancing the budget

The President has been advocating a balanced plan that would reduce our deficit by $4 trillion by making large cuts in domestic and Pentagon spending, reforming entitlement programs, and closing tax loopholes for corporations, millionaires and billionaires.  This sort of approach won support from Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, but the House Republicans walked away after insisting that the budget be balanced on the backs of seniors and the middle class.
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State Rep. Jeff Hayden announces run for State Senate

State Representative Jeff Hayden (DFL – Minneapolis) announced he will run for the State Senate in District 61, after it was reported that State Sen. Linda Berglin would resign her office to pursue a new opportunity with Hennepin County.

“I congratulate Senator Berglin on her unparalleled career in the Minnesota Senate where she fought for progressive values and led the charge for better health care in Minnesota,” said Hayden. “I wish her the best of luck and thank her for her hard work and leadership.”
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