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Approximately 7,000 Minnesota child care providers will be eligible for $56.6 million in funds to help ensure children’s and staff’s health and safety in their child care settings during COVID-19. The new COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care program is specifically designed to…

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The Schultz Family Foundation, founded by former Starbucks ceo and chairman emeritus Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri Schultz, today announced that Tyra Mariani has been appointed president by the Board of Trustees. As president, Mariani will partner with the Schultz family and Board to lea…

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Del Shea Perry has waited a long time to learn the truth about what happened to her son, Hardel Sherrell, when he was detained in Beltrami County jail.  In 2018, Sherrell walked into Beltrami County Jail and nine days later, on September 4, he was “carried out in a body bag,” said Perry. Sta…

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Antone Melton-Meaux is seeking to unseat incumbent US Representative Ilhan Omar, who represents Minnesota’s fifth congressional distirct. Melton-Meaux is aiming at winning the DFL nomination in the August Primary Election on Tues., Aug 11. The winner of that contest will face a Republican pa…

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The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is bringing together amazing artists to paint "Black Lives Matter" on the street on Plymouth Avenue in support of the movement for racial justice sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

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The 2020 primary election kicked off on June 26 with the start of absentee voting. This year, Hennepin County is emphasizing the ability to vote by mail to ensure all eligible residents can safely participate during the COVID-19

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Last week, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced the Protect our Protesters Act to criminalize police violence against demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights. After the unjust murder of George Floyd, people across the country protested their opposition to police brutality and were …

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently announced it is investing up to $30 million from its endowment in voter outreach organizations in the Deep South to increase voter registration and participation among people of color with a lower propensity to vote.The initiative, called Vote …

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Today, the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, by a bipartisan vote of 236 to 181. The legislation is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforce…

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Robert Horace Johnson, 90 of Minneapolis died June 20, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife Alene Johnson and daughter Penny Webb. He is survived by daughters, Valerie Hutchinson, June Johnson, Robbin McLaurin, and Ramona McCree. Visitation is Thursday, June 25 at 10 AM with the funera…

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Former North Minneapolis legislator the Rev. Randolph "Randy" Staten  impacted Minnesota as a whole. He was the first African American legislator from the city of Minneapolis representing House District 57B (now 59B). Staten served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1981 to 1987. 

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George Floyd's death is a symbol of hope to 20 family members who didn’t receive justice when their loved ones were killed by police. Videos of Ahmaud Arbery’s and George Floyd’s brutal deaths sparked outrage. But what happens when there isn’t a video circulating on social media. Several Bla…

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As more corporations jump into the fray, offering statements of support for African Americans in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests, a new study reveals that many companies’ actual policies and practices contradict their public statements.With just a…

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Comcast has extended their offer to provide 60 days of free internet service to new, eligible customers through the company’s Internet Essentials program. Originally set to expire on June 30, the free offer will now be available through the end of this year. As a reminder, Internet Essential…

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Each year on June 19th, thousands across the nation celebrate Juneteenth. The African American holiday is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  On June 19 in 1865, the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galv…

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Underlying the recent unrest sweeping U.S. cities over police brutality is a fundamental inequity in wealth, land and power that has circumscribed Black lives since the end of slavery in the U.S.

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Amidst the burned-out husks of buildings and just blocks from the 3rd District police station, where many neighboring businesses were looted and burned, some bars and restaurants, their windows still covered in plywood, are opening for business.

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Just after midnight on March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, an EMT in Louisville, Kentucky, was shot and killed by police officers who raided her home.

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The campaign to defund the police has swept across the U.S.  Protestors who have been pushing for drastic changes to policing have taken a huge step forward. On Sunday, Minneapolis City Councilmembers in a veto-proof majority made up by Council President Lisa Bender, Alondra Cano, Phillipe C…

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In nationwide demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody, protesters have been frequently pepper-sprayed or enveloped in clouds of tear gas. These crowd-control weapons are rarely lethal, but in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, there are strong calls for p…