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Jul 28th

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Proposal would end affordable health care for more than 100,000 Minnesotans

Proposal would end affordable health care for more than 100,000 MinnesotansOn March 10, Representative Matt Dean introduced a bill that would dismantle a path to affordable health care for more than 100,000 Minnesotans. MinnesotaCare is a successful, decades-old health insurance option for working Minnesotans. MinnesotaCare offers these Minnesotans affordable health insurance that meets their health care needs – something they can't find in the private market. The large, negative budget targetgiven to the House Health and Human Services Committee lends dangerous momentum to this proposal that would have serious consequences across the state.
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"Empire" shows that Black dollars matter

According to a Nielsen consumer report, African Americans are voracious consumers of media, watching 37 percent more television than any other slice of American demography. While that's not new news, it is disturbing that we don't completely understand the connection between our TV consumption and the huge profits generated by our connection to television.
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Low-income children to get shafted by Congress

Low-income children to get shafted by CongressCongress is about to strike a deal that takes care of seniors and doctors but leaves low-income and "at-risk" children short. Congress' annual struggle to avoid cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates so physicians will continue to give seniors the care they need is widely considered must-pass bipartisan legislation. Known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) or "doc fix," this annual process often provides a vehicle for moving other legislative health priorities.
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U.S. criminal justice system needs urgent reform

U.S. criminal justice system needs urgent reformI know from firsthand experience that the "criminal justice system" today in the United States is in serious and urgent need of reform, repair and restructuring. Millions of families have been devastated by the "overcriminalization" of people in America. Black American families in particular have suffered and continue to suffer disproportionately as a result of an unjust system of justice.
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We expect better from the StarTribune

The StarTribune article on March 18, “Nonprofit paid to help with minority hiring at stadium short of goal…Workforce Is Diverse, But No Thanks to Nonprofit That Was Hired to Help”, totally missed the mark. We expect better of the StarTribune. This story was far beneath the standards we expect from a major newspaper in a growing and diverse community.
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African Americans have all the leaders we need, and are developing more

African Americans have all the leaders we need, and are developing more
Barack Obama, nationally and internationally, and Keith Ellison, locally, nationally and internationally are quintessential “Black” leaders – Black leaders who have not forgotten where they came from.  Black leaders who rely on the heritage of hundreds of thousands of Black folks that literally gave their lives, so that they would have the opportunity to lead our people and our nation.  Literally hundreds of thousands, indeed millions, of Black folks worldwide look upon Barack Obama and Keith Ellison as their leaders.   In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of Black folks proudly display Barack and Michelle Obama’s pictures on their mantel places and throughout their homes.  Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is known internationally in such faraway places as the Sudan and Saudi Arabia, as the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress; and, oh by the way, he is Black.  While Obama and Ellison are, indeed, Black leaders, it just so happens that other ethnicities think quite highly of him as well.
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From Selma to Montgomery: Martyrs of the march

From Selma to Montgomery: Martyrs of the march"What could more profoundly vindicate the idea of America than plain and humble people — the unsung, the downtrodden, the dreamers not of high station, not born to wealth or privilege, not of one religious tradition but many — coming together to shape their country's course?" – President Barack Obama, 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Selma's "Bloody Sunday"
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