Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:54
FairVote MN, Jeanne Massey
On Nov. 5, both St. Paul and Minneapolis will use Ranked Choice Voting to elect city council members in multicandidate races. Minneapolis will also use RCV to elect Park Board members, members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation – and most notably, a brand new mayor.
1. Ask a friend or neighbor for a ride to the polls. Polls are often located near where you live, so someone who lives close to you may be going to the same place to vote. Find your polling in advance of Election Day so you can talk to neighbors and friends http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
Monday, 28 October 2013 21:41
Abeni Hill, Editorial Intern
Here is the Insight News 2013 Voters' Guide, information to help readers make informed decisions on Election Day, November 5th. This year, voters will use Ranked Choice Voting when they go to the polls. Ranked Choice Voting is a system that permits voters to list the candidates by preference instead of picking one candidate. Each voter can rank the order of preference for 3 candidates and it is recommended that the voter rank the three top choices.
OutFront Minnesota announced LGBT Equality Award winners
Friday, 25 October 2013 11:01
OutFront Minnesota recently honored three award winners who champion lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
The Gala celebrated the historic achievements made in our state in the past year and inspired our supporters to keep the momentum going! The Legacy, Innovator and Visionary Awards recognized the accomplishments of community members who are advancing the movement for LGBT equality in Minnesota. The awards were presented at the Walker Art Center during the stage program at OutFront’s Annual Gala.
The best summer of my life was working at the White House as an intern.
I landed in Washington, D.C. in early June, excited but nervous about my first day of work. I was placed in the Office of Presidential Correspondence as a participant of the White House Internship Program (WHIP). WHIP is a highly selective opportunity, and typically receives several thousand applications every year from highly-qualified young servant leaders from all across the nation. I was blessed to be chosen as one of 147 interns the White House invited onboard this summer.
Twin Cities excitingly finds itself at the crest of convergent streams of energies and ideas, histories and interests, and, visions and cultures all finding voice in next week’s general elections. The November 5th election emerges in the public mind of our communities like a precarious precipice challenging those who would lead us, and the citizenry as a whole, to fiercely leap forward into a world and community that we must simultaneously envision and actualize.
Profiles in Excellence: A conversation with Mahmoud El-Kati
Friday, 25 October 2013 09:32
Harry Colbert, Jr.
I knew well before I sat down with Mahmoud El-Kati that this interview and the subsequent piece to come from it would be like no other I had written before.
Normally, in a standard reporter’s notebook, an interview or press conference takes up just a few pages. For me, I can have notes from up to five or six stories in one notebook. With El-Kati – professor emeritus at St. Paul’s Macalester College – I needed the entire notebook, and we both agreed that this was just part one of the interview. We barely got through the college years of the 78-year-young scholar, activist and iconic figure.
NAACP leaders congratulate LaJune Montgomery Tabron, new President & CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Friday, 25 October 2013 09:16
(Baltimore, MD) – NAACP leaders congratulated LaJune Montgomery Tabron, former Executive Vice President of Operations and Treasurer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, for her appointment to President and CEO of the foundation, effective January 1, 2014.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" premiering on PBS
Monday, 21 October 2013 15:27
New six-part, six-hour series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through African-American history—from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House
Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesdays, October 22, 29 – November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.
African Women’s Development Fund USA comes to Minnesota
Monday, 21 October 2013 13:21
Today's grandmothers are younger, healthier, better educated and better off than grandmothers have ever been.
Across the country and the world, often unheralded women elders are charting a new future for their communities. Whether serving as activists, caregivers, philanthropists, community volunteers or in many other roles, grandmothers are a vital force. Women across the African Diaspora and throughout the world have launched a new international grandmother movement.