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Liberians Should Stay in the U.S., Report Advises Obama Administration

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP and The Advocates for Human Rights last week released a paper highlighting the reasons the United States government should extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians, which is set to expire on March 31, 2009. The report, Liberia Is Not Ready 2009: A Report of Country Conditions in Liberia and Reasons the United States Should Extend Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians, recommends that the U.S. government take immediate action to ensure Liberians are not deported.
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U.S. House and Senate “honor and praise” NAACP for 100th anniversary

Both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate saluted the NAACP with "honor and praise" by unanimously passing a resolution to officially recognize the organization on its 100th anniversary, which was February 12. Recognition came with the unanimous passage of legislation (H. Con. Res. 35) by both the House and the Senate. H. Con. Res. 35 was introduced by US Rep. Al Green (TX), and passed the House by a unanimous vote of 424-0. It later passed the Senate by a unanimous vote as well. Green, who has introduced similar resolutions every year, has been a champion of several NAACP legislative efforts.  
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McFarlane: Making waves in entertainment biz: From Minnesota to world stage

LOS ANGELES — When Micah McFarlane’s career brought him to Minnesota for a few days, he took the opportunity to reconnect with some former classmates from Worthington.
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MnDot challenged

Over 400 people rallied last Tuesday night at the American Indian Center on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis for the third in a series of H.I.R.E. MN Town Hall Meetings and vowed to make their voices count as Minnesota and the nation struggle with job retention, job creation and saving the nation’s economy.
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Frias to lead St. Paul Human Rights program

Luz Maria Frias has been named the director of Saint Paul’s newly merged Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) department. Following a nationwide search, Frias’ appointment came after an extensive process that included applicant interviews and evaluations by the community and a 13-member selection committee.
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Ex-Wall St. banker scores major land deal in Sudan

Jan. 27 (GIN) – A former U.S. banker has secured a huge tract of arable land in southern Sudan in what has been called Africa’s largest post-colonial private land deal.
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Champion legislation increases reentry support for offenders

State Rep. Bobby Champion (DFL – 58B) joined State Sen. Mee Moua last week to discuss the importance of second chances and offender reentry issues as part of “Second Chance Day on the Hill.”

“From my perspective, public policy is about forgiveness,” said Champion, who is working with other legislators to address reentry issues this session.  “While it’s important for people to face the consequences of criminal activity, we also need to strike a balance that allows individuals who have paid their debt to society to have a fair chance to rejoin society.”
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Within the Internet lies Africa's clay of wisdom

Editor’s Note:  The following is excerpted from a keynote speech delivered by Philip Emeagwali at the African Diaspora Conference in Tucson, Arizona. For the entire transcript and video, visit emeagwali.com.

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Are Blacks expecting too much from President Obama?

“Hello. My Name is Freida. I am a 52 years young Black female that had three strokes and [I am] doing fine right now. I am a full time stay at home artist…I have sent you a copy of my hero, Sir Barackster. I created him on Nov. 1st because I felt he would be the hero.”
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Mobilizing for green economy

Some 400 people attended H.I.R.E. MN’s second Town Hall Meeting January 27 at Lao Family Community of Minnesota headquarters on University Avenue near the State Capitol.
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Africans express cautious hope for Obama presidency

(GIN) - After the initial moment of euphoria for the landslide victory of Barack Obama, some Africans are now expressing a more cautious note of hope for the new leader.
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