Friday, 26 July 2013 17:09
Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black community joined the world in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela when he turned 95 on July 18. The Nelson Mandela Foundation created the international day of service following Mandela’s 90th birthday to celebrate the legacy of the anti-apartheid leader.
New report demonstrates impossibility of living on the minimum wage in Minnesota
Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:11
For a two-parent, two-child family, it costs $73,526 to secure a decent yet modest living in Minneapolis, a new report released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds. In What Families Need to Get By: The 2013 Update of EPI's Family Budget Calculator, Elise Gould, EPI director of health policy research, and her EPI colleagues explain that because poverty thresholds, generally set at the national level, were created to measure serious economic deprivation and do not account for community-specific costs, the dollar amount necessary for a family to attain a secure yet modest living is much higher than conventional estimates.
National Conference in Pittsburgh: Bev Smith ‘challenges’ Black women to become more active
Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:48
George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – On Wednesday, Aug. 28, when most African-Americans will be focusing on the past – the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington – talk show host and activist Bev Smith will be concentrating on the future, kicking off “A Challenge to African American Women,” a 4-day women’s conference in Pittsburgh.
The Board of Directors of St. Stephen’s Human Services announced that Roy Richardson will be joining the agency as Executive Director, effective August 1, 2013. Richardson succeeds former Executive Director, Mikkel Beckmen.
TSA commends Metro Transit Minneapolis-St. Paul for highest security levels
Monday, 22 July 2013 11:58
Washington, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has commended Metro Transit Minneapolis-St. Paul as one of 16 rail and public transportation agencies from across the nation for earning TSA's highest rating of "Gold Standard" on the agency's most recent Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) for their dedication to building a strong security program.
State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, (DFL-59) has joined the Jackie Cherryhomes for Mayor Campaign as its co-chair. Champion will serve in his new capacity alongside former City Councilmember Kathleen O'Brien, and prominent attorney and former City Councilmember Walter Rockenstein.
Department of Justice Petition: One million people
Monday, 22 July 2013 10:49
As of last Tuesday morning, one million people have signed an NAACP petition asking the Department of Justice to pursue federal and civil rights charges against George Zimmerman after he was founded not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin.