227 years and counting: Reflections on the United States Constitution
Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:37
Dr. Artika R. Tyner
Sept. 17 marked the 227th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.
This is a cause for celebration. But, what exactly is the Constitution and why should we celebrate? For many, the Constitution symbolizes an ancient text that a few old men wearing wigs signed after a heated debate in Philadelphia. This is evidenced by the fact that most Americans when tested receive a grade of C minus on Constitutional history. The Constitution is usually read in high school civics class but may not be revisited again during one's lifetime. However, the legacy of the Constitution has far greater significance than what meets the eye. The Constitution represents the foundation of American heritage and offers a reflection of our Nation's past, present, and future.
HARTEAU SNUBS BLACK COMMUNITY: Police Chief claimed members of community would be threat
Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:32
Harry Colbert, Jr.
It appears that no one is safe in Minneapolis – not even the city's chief of Police.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau was scheduled to be a part of a community listening session on Sept. 18 at Sabathani Community Center in south Minneapolis, but a couple of hours before the event was to take place, the chief pulled out citing "credible information" of a planned attack on her.
Nearly half million join rousing climate justice march
Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:24
Sep. 22 (GIN) – New York streets were overflowing on Sunday with hand-made posters, buttons, baby carriages, bicycles, musical bands and nearly 400,000 marchers demanding an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas that are creating havoc for the environment in the U.S., Africa and most of the world.
CBC joins Black churches for "Freedom Sunday" campaign
Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:22
Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If the Democrats lose the United States Senate and more seats in the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections, Marcia Fudge, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said that the Republicans would impeach President Barack Obama.
Global Social Media News Service, Inc. retained by AFRO American Newspapers to assist in providing coverage of Black Caucus
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:52
Washington, DC (September 24, 2014) – One of the oldest and most prestigious minority newspaper companies in the nation, the AFRO American Newspapers Company, has retained Global Social Media News Service, Inc. (GSMNews) to assist in providing "real time" Social Media coverage of the 44th Annual Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Legislative Conference from September 24 to September 27 in Washington, DC.
The real issue: Opportunity gap leaves Black youths without diplomas, skills
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:54
Jeff Hayden and Bobby Joe Champion
Editor's note: This letter is a response to a commentary published in Star Tribune, Sept. 12.
We were troubled by claims from Minneapolis public schools (MPS) officials last week that they were strong-armed into partnering with Northside community-based organizations — under duress from ourselves ("North Side school effort called failure," Sept. 12).
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.