Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:20
State Representative Raymond Dehn (DFL-59B)
The legislative session is now a month old. The Governor and both legislative bodies have released their budgets and transportation proposals. The transportation initiatives of Governor Dayton and the House Republicans couldn't be further apart. On one hand we have a balanced approach that benefits all Minnesotans, on the other we have a short-term, quick fix approach that provides half the funding that was passed in 2014 and leaves transit out entirely.
Black accountants association to help with tax returns
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:34
The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA, Inc.) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the AARP Foundation to promote the Tax-Aide program to multicultural low- and moderate-income citizens and seniors.
Justspeak: Who will protect the children?: The invisibility of the American Indian/Native American struggle
Friday, 06 February 2015 11:32
Irma McClaurin, PhD| Culture and Education Editor
Every parent of color hopes that their children will grow up without exposure to the brutality of racism and other forms of social injustice. That is the promise we hold when we give birth to them and first grasp their tiny hands and look into their eyes as parents. Few parents of color, however, are so lucky and can chronicle example upon example of micro-aggressions to which our children are subjected. My own children experienced such moments in their formative years at school: “what if I call you the ‘N’ word,” taunts of “Medusa” for having cornrow hair or wearing braids, and many more affronts throughout their youthful years, some of which they never disclosed. What we as parents of color pray is that our children never have to face a full frontal attack of racial slurs and the potential for violence. Although my children are now adults, and may face the same challenges as I when they have children, I’m still a parent, and it wrenches my heart to know that children from an American Indian school in South Dakota were the most recent recipients of the latest social injustice assaults that seems to be spreading like wildfire across this country.
Humphrey School's Professor Samuel Myers gets prestigious NEA Westerfield Award: Myers researched social policy impact on the poor
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:39
Dr. Samuel Myers, Jr., the Roy Wilkins professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has received the Samuel Z. Westerfield, Jr., Award by the National Economic Association (NEA).
AchieveMpls' Career and College Center helping North students go to college
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:35
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Simple mathematics ... by 2018, 70 percent of all jobs in Minnesota will require some form of post-secondary education. But in 2013, Black students in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) graduated at a paltry rate of just 57 percent.
Congressman Ellison, Lt. Gov. Smith promote 2015 Claim It! campaign
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:26
Minnesota leaders joined together to recognize the 40thanniversary of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the launch of the 2015 Claim It! campaign. National, state and local government leaders – including Congressman Keith Ellison, Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, and Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly – participated in a press conference at the St. Paul-based Prepare + Prosper last week.
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:01
President Barack Obama Published on Huffington Post
America's resurgence is real. With a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.
With 'No More Campaigns to Run,' Obama Refuses to Back Down
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:08
George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The strongest line in President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night was adlibbed. When he said toward the end of his one-hour speech, "I have no more campaigns to run," Republicans laughed. He quickly shot back, "I know because I won both of them."
Champion Town Hall looks at legislative priorities
Monday, 02 February 2015 15:11
Minnesota State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59) gathered local lawmakers at his Jan. 22 town hall meeting at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in north Minneapolis (2001 Plymouth Ave. N.) to discuss policy objectives for the 2015 session.
Click on the website for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (www.mnscu.edu) and the first picture seen on its rotating banner is of a beautiful young lady of color – bright eyed with a welcoming smile.
Crystal McCrary, director of the film 'Little Ballers'. Carmen Robles, associate editor for Afrodescendientes in Insight News. Mohamud Noor, interim director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota.