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Juneteenth commemoration law recently signed into law

Juneteenth commemoration law recently signed into lawA bill calling for an official proclamation by the Governor to commemorate Juneteenth was recently signed into law by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Authored by State Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-58B) and by State Sen. Linda Higgins (DFL-58), the new law creates an opportunity for the governor to issue a proclamation recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth.

“On a day when people of all races, nationalities and religions from across the country join hands to acknowledge a period in our history that continues to shape our society today, it’s fitting that the leader of our state weighs in to help us reflect, remember and continue to move forward in a positive way,” said Champion following the bill’s passage.

Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Set for the third Saturday in June, it recognizes the public pronouncement of the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865, the day the Emancipation Proclamation was read for the first time publicly in Texas. The announcement came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and two months after Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender in April 1865.
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Anti-Muslim attacks at Minnesota public schools reported

Anti-Muslim attacks at Minnesota public schools reportedThe U.S. Department of Education has agreed to look into possible civil rights violations at two Minnesota public schools, after a group based in St. Paul filed complaints against the two districts.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed the complaints in March, saying Somali and Muslim students were harassed about their race and religion.

These included name-calling, vulgar language, derisive comments about Muslim traditions and obscene gestures, threats on Facebook and the refusal of a school bus driver in St. Cloud to pick up Muslim students at bus stops.

Taneeza Islam, civil rights director for CAIR, a Muslim advocacy organization, said the organization is pleased that a neutral body will look into its complaints.
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The Saint Paul Foundation receives $1.8 million grant to fight racism in Minnesota

The Saint Paul Foundation receives $1.8 million grant to fight racism in MinnesotaThe Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race We’re All in This Together initiative received a grant of $1.8 million to expand its Saint Paul-focused anti-racism work to the entire state of Minnesota. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded grants to 119 organizations as part of its America Healing initiative to support racial equity and healing.

“Our community has some very stark racial disparities, and racism has played a very real and insidious role in creating these imbalances,” said Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of The Saint Paul Foundation. “Discomfort about racism prevents us from moving the conversation about racism forward. We are grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for the generous funding that enables us to share the Facing Race dialogue program throughout Minnesota with individuals, organizations and communities that are committed to undoing racism.”
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Innovative. Visionary. Attentive. Community.

Innovative. Visionary. Attentive. Community. Members of the architecture industry and consumers of architecture and design use these descriptors when referring to the work of 4RM+ULA, a Black-owned full service architectural design firm established in 2002. 4RM+ULA, a phonetic acronym that stands for form + urban landscape articulation, is linked to high profile projects such as the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit, Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center, Selby Area CDC, and Juxtaposition Arts Center Textile Lab.

James Garrett, Jr., Nathan Johnson, and Erick Goodlow, are friends and partners of 4RM+ULA who balance design, technical expertise, theory, and urban planning. The three men have known each other since youth when architecture and business ventures were a dream. After pursuing years of education at prestigious post secondary institutions on the East Coast, West Coast and Midwest, they have joined forces to bring their expertise back to the Twin Cities and are expanding globally. Now the dream is realized.
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The Loving Me Series

Girls In Motion Minnesota, Inc., The Annex Teen Clinic, The R.E.A.C.H Collaborative, and Kwanzaa Church will present “The Loving Me Series, HIV/AIDS Teen Summit” on Friday, June 11, 2010 at North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center, 1711 West Broadway Avenue No. in Minneapolis. Registration is from 8:45 AM – 9:05 AM. Event time: 9 AM – 2:30 PM. This day will include much needed health education, thoughtful youth to youth conversations and hands-on activities about the risks of HIV/AIDS.
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Shangilia Youth Choir of Kenya with J.D. Steele June 5-6, 2010

Shangilia Youth Choir of Kenya with J.D. Steele June 5-6, 2010Shangilia is a youth performance group from Nairobi, Kenya, under the direction of singer/director/composer J.D. Steele. Ranging in age from 10 to 21, the performers sing in English and Swahili with original music composed by Steele and Butch Heyward that blends African-American soul and gospel with East African rhythms like soukous and bongo. Shangilia also incorporates traditional African music and dance with acrobatics and colorful costumes, weaving messages of love, peace and harmony into this exciting musical presentation.

Shangilia will be joined onstage by the newly-formed MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC), also under the direction of J.D. Steele. MCYC is a choir comprised of youth from around the Twin Cities Metro to meet and exchange musical traditions during the Shangilia Youth Choir's visit to the Twin Cities area. MCYC will also perform on the outdoor stages through the weekend. shangilia.org

Midtown Greenway Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Midtown Greenway Coalition takes place 6:30pm-8:30pm, May 27th at the 10th Avenue Cepro site.. For information contact Lauren (lauren@midtowngreenway.org, 612-879-0106).
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