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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. begins South Carolina manifesto, Medicaid crusade in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. begins South Carolina manifesto, Medicaid crusade in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Spartanburg, South CarolinaSouth Carolina (July 28, 2015) — "On July 28, 2015, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., national civil rights leader and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, led a spirited town hall meeting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, calling on Governor Nikki Haley to reconsider her decision to reject nearly $1.2 billion in Medicaid money for the state in 2016. Joined by State Representative John King and Former State Representative James Felder, Rev. Jackson led a full crowd of Rock Hill residents at the Freedom Center in a rousing call for Medicaid expansion.
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New robotic-arm assisted technology transforms joint replacement surgery

New robotic-arm assisted technology transforms joint replacement surgeryChampions Tour professional golfer Hal Sutton (left) and Dr. Robert Hartman of Twin Cities Orthopedics (right) pose with the Stryker Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology during a free arthritis seminar at the Hilton Minneapolis on July 28, 2015.
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The National Bar Association demands the removal of the confederate flag and eradication of systematic racism

The National Bar Association demands the removal of the confederate flag and eradication of systematic racismWashington, DC – The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers, judges, educators and law students, is calling for an immediate change in the attitude and acceptance of the Confederate flag in this country. The flag is viewed as a symbol of oppression, racial inequality and hatred in the African American community; one that citizens of all races, creeds and color are fighting to be removed from our society. The National Bar Association will not sit quietly and observe the Confederate flag debate from the sidelines. Starting today, the organization will call out any states or companies who support the continued production and hanging of a symbol that offends a large portion of this country and reminds African Americans of a time when they were considered property not people.
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Disparities persist in wealth, housing, and education

Disparities persist in wealth, housing, and educationBALTIMORE, MD – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) heard from Baltimore clergy, community leaders, and academics on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at a forum to discuss the vast disparities in economic conditions for African Americans and whites.
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Stanek courts Latino, Somali, Asian peace officer associations

Stanek courts Latino, Somali, Asian peace officer associationsOn Wednesday, June 24 the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office welcomed leaders who represent the future of law enforcement and public safety in Hennepin County at a roundtable discussion.

According to the Minnesota State Demographer, 44 percent of Hennepin County residents are projected to be non-white or Latino by 2035.
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Racial wealth gap increased Housing market collapse placed Blacks in economic disadvantage

Racial wealth gap increased Housing market collapse placed Blacks in economic disadvantageNEW YORK — America's racial wealth gap increased dramatically following the recent housing market collapse, placing Black homeowners at severe economic disadvantage, perhaps for generations to come. That's the conclusion from new research released today by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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President strong in NAACP speech

President strong in NAACP speechEven before his keynote address in front of a cheering crowd at the annual NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, President Barack Obama was busy practicing what he had already prepared to preach.
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Minnesota Orchestra appoints Roderick Cox as assistant conductor

Minnesota Orchestra appoints Roderick Cox as assistant conductorThere's a new face at the Minnesota Orchestra and he stands out for quite a few reasons.

Roderick Cox is the new assistant conductor of the orchestra – a role he took over in June. At just 27 years old, Cox is one of the youngest assistant conductors in the world of a major orchestra. Cox is also one of the few African-American assistant conductors of a major symphony orchestra. The Minnesota Orchestra is considered a Top 10 tier orchestra.
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Justice advocates call for end to police review agency

Justice advocates call for end to police review agencyCommunities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) last week called for the dismantling of Minneapolis Civil Rights Department's Office of Police Conduct Review(OPCR). Michelle Gross, a founder and co-chair of CUAPB, said data obtained from the city of Minneapolis under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act shows the city engages in a pattern and practice of ignoring citizens' complaints of police misconduct and a lack of action to address citizen complaints.
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Cunningham, Bartley to head African American Leadership Forum

Cunningham, Bartley to head African American Leadership ForumThe Minneapolis African American Leadership Forum (AALF) (www.aalf.us) announced its formation as a non-profit organization and the election of new leadership for its board of directors.
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Denise Rolark Barnes elected Chair of NNPA

Denise Rolark Barnes elected Chair of NNPADETROIT (NNPA) – Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informant, has been elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 African American newspapers.
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