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Sep 04th


Why we must vote on Nov. 2nd 2010

There is no question that everyone who is able should vote in each election and especially in this Tuesday November 2nd Mid Term Election. But for African Americans, the stakes are higher than they have ever been. Higher because the American political process has moved from resisting the Black vote as many did before the Voting Rights Act of the 1960s to a lack of concern over Black voter participation because of a greater concern over the Latino and Asian votes. Why? Because these o groups have demonstrated an interest and seriousness about participation in the political process as a means of getting leverage and respect that African Americans once had.  It appears that with the election of President Obama, a number of African Americans assumed that “we” have arrived and decided to take a vacation from the struggle. Unfortunately, this is the same time that conservative “White American” decided that the Economic Stimulus, Health Care Reform, Bail Outs and Job Assistance for the Unemployed are all socialist programs intended to undermine America and that such change, at the hands of a Black man represented more than this nation could stand. 

Letter to the editor: Save KBEM

Whatever the fate of North High School (which I attended 1951-54), every effort must be made to save KBEM/88.5, one of the nation's few remaining all-jazz stations which is housed at North. As we long-time KBEM members and volunteers well know, KBEM not only is the main source in this area of all genres of broadcast jazz, but the station also trains North and other MPS students in on-air broadcasting and other radio techniques. The North library contains a special section of valuable jazz books and recordings donated by KBEM and its supporters and available to students and the community.

If North cannot be KBEM's permanent home, efforts must begin now to find an alternate location, in another MPS school or perhaps a college, university or community center.
We must avoid at all costs a repeat of the tragic end of WCAL a few years ago when a misguided college board sold the license to MPR.

Those interested in learning more about how they can help KBEM may contact station manager Michele Jansen at

End gay discrimination

The United States is suffering from an identity crisis when it comes to the rights and safety of homosexuals and lesbians. On the one hand, the government says it respects the rights of gays to live as domestic partners, to be free from violence and to work in whatever field they choose, even the military.  Yet, the government seems to do very little – and even contradicts itself – when it comes to making these ideas reality.

What's the President's plan for Blacks?

We have to finish the plan you elected me to put in place - President Barack Obama.

The November 2010 Midterm elections will become the most expensive in American history.  Estimated to cost $5 billion or more, the 2010 Midterms will be the biggest test of US public opinion since the 2008 White House race.  In the final stretch of the 2010 congressional elections, President Obama & the Democrats are leaning on the Black vote big time.  Will we be rewarded if we vote in big numbers or just be part of the party’s base that continues being neglected and taken for granted?

Cease public defender fees

Even if you’ve never encountered the criminal justice system, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you.” What you may not know is that, in many states, defendants are being charged for that court appointed attorney. This increasing trend is leading many poor defendants to waive their legal right to representation and, instead, represent themselves.

The Minneapolis Urban League: From sustained advocacy to strategic action

The Minneapolis Urban League: From sustained advocacy to strategic actionIn Minnesota, every 53 minutes a child is born into poverty; every hour a child is abused or neglected, and every day before his or her first birthday a child dies. Every ten days a child or teen is killed by gunfire, and for every 100 African-American students enrolled in the public schools, 14.4 were suspended. These are the facts as reported by the Children’s Defense Fund in its 2009-Moments in the States.  These are but a few of the life concerns which confront our youth of promise.

For the 2007-08 school year, the Minnesota State Department of Education noted that “the four-year-graduation rate for all the state's Black males and Black females was only 41 percent.”

We marched, now what?

We marched, now what? At the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, Dr. King noted that his march was not an end, but a beginning. He knew that it alone would not create the change that the country so desperately needed. His coalition of civil rights, religious groups, and labor organizations would go on to register voters and help struggling Americans gain equal access to voting rights, fair housing and employment opportunities. The One Nation Working Together march in Washington, D.C., on October 2, while unprecedented in unifying Americans from all corners, was only the most recent step forward on Dr. King’s long march for jobs and freedom.
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