[caption id="attachment_21666" align="alignleft"]"We can’t be afraid of our condition and history" – Spike Moss [/caption]“They stood up for us,” said Spike Moss, NAACP Community Action Chair, referring to generations of African-Americans in the pursuit of increased civil rights and freedom from oppression in America. “But Ferguson may be the turning point,” Moss continued, referring to the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.
[caption id="attachment_21392" align="alignleft"]Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.” – President Barack Obama
[caption id="attachment_20669" align="alignleft"]L_R: Shayne McCarrick, People’s Choice Winner for the MSP Employee Art Exhibit; Robyne Robinson, Arts and Culture Director at the MSP International Airport; and Dennis Probst, Executive Vice President for the Metropolitan Airport Commission.[/caption]Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, MN—On May 29, 2014, the Airport Foundation at MSP opened its first national art exhibit, with former Fox 9 News anchor Robyne Robinson as curator. The show, ‘Renewal,’ beautifully showcases Minnesota and our annual springtime renewal of culture, tradition, and spirit.
Minneapolis, MN—On May 27, Xcel Energy announced a yearlong partnership with Harvest Preparatory School in North Minneapolis. The commitment includes a $50,000 grant to make the building more energy efficient and to support the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education (STEM). Xcel Energy employees are also expected to volunteer in classroom learning, and at family events over the 2014-15 school year that will teach students how to be energy efficient at home.