Disappointment runs deep as 'blade runner' walks free
Monday, 22 September 2014 10:39
Sep. 15 (GIN) – The upset decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa that found Olympian Oscar Pistorius not guilty for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp stunned South Africans who had been glued to the trial since the gavel first pounded the court to order last March.
New report details statewide access to earned sick time benefits in Minnesota
Monday, 22 September 2014 10:08
St. Paul, MN – TakeAction Minnesota and the Institute for Women's Policy Research released a new statewide analysis recently, detailing access rates to earned sick time leave across the state of Minnesota. The new report breaks down data by gender, race and ethnicity, occupation, hours worked and earnings level. Overall, the report concludes that 41% of Minnesota workers lack access to even a single day of earned sick time off.
Ferguson—A tipping point for national Black youth voter turnout?
Thursday, 18 September 2014 21:15
WASHINGTON, D.C. (New America Media) - A week before National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, September 23, civil rights leaders hope to increase African American youth voter turnout by citing the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a city where only 12 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the last city council elections.
UN criticizes US on racial justice issues raised by Minnesotans
Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:53
Geneva, Switzerland – A United Nations (UN) human rights committee composed of human rights laws experts from 18 countries and charged with monitoring U.S. compliance with its obligations under the racial justice treaty issued a report ("Concluding Observations"), critical of U.S. performance in 18 areas, many of which had been raised in Shadow Reports filed by Minnesotans.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:57
Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Columnist
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Just before Labor Day 2005, the world was stunned as images of Gulf Coast citizens, trudged through chaos and stagnant floodwaters, strewn with the debris of wrecked buildings and storm-tossed earth. The sights seemed to replay just before Halloween 2012, as coastal New York and New Jersey waded in icy waters and picked through the rubble of their destroyed property.
Medtronic, United Way team up to reduce health disparities
Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:33
The Greater Twin Cities United Way and Medtronic Philanthropy recently announced a joint-initiative aimed at improving engagement with community leaders and organizations to build a coalition aimed at reducing healthcare disparities.
The cooperative response to living on the edge, and frontier
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:07
Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020, Economic Development Fellow
Cooperative business leaders and community development activists will study the almost invisible but 230-year history of African American experiences with co-ops, including credit unions and mutual insurances, at a series of major events this month in the Twin Cities.
Black lawyers to challenge police brutality in 25 cities
Thursday, 11 September 2014 13:58
Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association (NBA) recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct.
The Goal: Equality & Justice for All: Spike Moss reflects on history and recent events
Thursday, 11 September 2014 13:52
Ryan T. Scott, Contributing Writer
"They stood up for us," said Spike Moss, NAACP Community Action Chair, referring to generations of African-Americans in the pursuit of increased civil rights and freedom from oppression in America. "But Ferguson may be the turning point," Moss continued, referring to the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.