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Rita Coyle DeMeules named Supreme Court Commissioner

The Minnesota Supreme Court has appointed Rita Coyle DeMeules to succeed retiring Supreme Court Commissioner Richard Slowes. She will join the court December 12 and assume her role as Commissioner on January 12, 2011.

Coyle DeMeules has served as an Assistant Attorney General since 2006, where she represented the State of Minnesota and Minnesota agencies before state and federal trial and appellate courts.  In that position, she provided legal research, analysis, and advice to state agencies on litigation and agency policies, and served as principal attorney responsible for trials, motions, pretrial activities, and arguments before the courts. From 1990-2004, she was a partner and associate at the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP, in Minneapolis, and served as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul from 2004 to 2010; and from 1991 to 1993.

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Hundreds of Black state lawmakers convene to pass national legislative agenda

(BLACK PR WIRE) -- More than 350 members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will meet in Chicago, Illinois, December 7 - 11, 2011, to learn about the nation’s best models and practices across an array of policy areas. The theme of this year’s 35th Annual Legislative Conference is “Seeing Beyond – State Leadership, National Progress.” NBCSL members will leave the conference armed with legislative ideas they can then take to their respective Capitols in the upcoming legislative sessions.

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Naomi Tutu keynote speaker for 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Naomi Tutu keynote speaker for 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

 Global human rights activist Naomi Tutu will deliver the keynote presentation sharing her passion for race and gender equality at the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

The 2012 breakfast will include musical performances from The Steeles and Walker West Music Academy, and the presentation of the Local Legend and Emerging Legend community service awards. Tutu will be introduced by UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax.

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Senator Higgins will not seek re-election

State Senator Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis, announced she will not seek re-election in 2012. Sen. Higgins plans to complete her current term, which expires in January of 2013, and is looking forward to representing her constituents during the 2012 Legislative Session.

“I’ve been honored to serve the residents of North and Downtown Minneapolis for 15 years. I’m proud of what we have accomplished, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to serve our community.”
Sen. Higgins was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1996 and represents the residents of North Minneapolis, North Loop, and Downtown in Senate District 58. During her 15 years of service in the Senate, Sen. Higgins has held many leadership roles. She chaired the Senate’s Public Safety Budget Division from 2006 to 2010 and the State and Local Government Operations Committee from 2003 to 2006. She served as Majority Whip from 2001 to 2006. She currently is the DFL lead on the Senate’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
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Senator Higgins will not seek re-election

State Senator Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis, announced she will not seek re-election in 2012. Sen. Higgins plans to complete her current term, which expires in January of 2013, and is looking forward to representing her constituents during the 2012 Legislative Session.
“I’ve been honored to serve the residents of North and Downtown Minneapolis for 15 years. I’m proud of what we have accomplished, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to serve our community.”
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Challenging disparities

At Turning Point, we speak of substance abuse and “related issues.”  Obvious ones are crime, violence and the breakdown of family and community.  Less obvious are the disparities that can result.  Our clients face these disparities on a daily basis.

Unemployment among whites is 6.6%
Unemployment among blacks is 20.4%

Average income for a white worker is $57,000
Average income for a black worker is $26,930
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ECHO Minnesota hosts “The New American Vote” panel discussion featuring community and government leaders

ECHO Minnesota hosts “The New American Vote” panel discussion featuring community and government leadersWednesday October 26th, 2011 marked the third annual panel discussion hosted by non-profit ECHO Minnesota, a well-known resource for health, safety, emergency, and civic information for immigrants, refugees, and community members. This year’s topic, “The New American Vote,” explored the current state and future political strength of new citizens. Panelists included Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Hussein Samatar, the first Somali-American ever elected to office, Ron Lezema, Co-Founder Hispanic/Latino Caucus of MN and John Keller, Executive Director of Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.  The discussion was facilitated by award-winning television journalist Robyne Robinson. She engaged the panelists in a dynamic discussion on the necessity of involving Minnesota’s diverse communities in the democratic system.
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Gaddafi leaves behind a legacy of rage and dysfunction

Muammar Gaddafi was of a Bedouin tribe, raised in a tent near the Libyan city of Sirte, where he met his bloody demise. His end came after nine months of NATO bombing which supported a rag tag, unruly and abusive group of rebels who fanned out across Libya to challenge his authority by claiming bombed out territories and capturing cities.

Ruling the country with an iron fist for more than four decades, his cult of personality was ubiquitous as the purported face, voice and soul of Libya. He ran an oil-rich, rentier state that allowed him to spend his billions in revenues to buy loyalty, reward friends and punish foes.
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Richmond Free Press makes racial breakthrough in Virginia Supreme Court

(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Richmond Free Press photographer Sandra Sellars has made history when she covered the historic investiture of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cleo E. Powell on Friday, Oct. 21.

When the prize-winning photographer arrived at the state's highest court to cover the Powell formal installation, she became:
•    • The first Black newspaper photographer to cover an investiture in the 232-year history of the court, which is located across the street from the State Capitol.
•    • The first woman newspaper photographer to cover a Supreme Court investiture, according to Free Press research.
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Debutante Cotillion on hold this year

It is with great appreciation that the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated expresses our gratitude for the communities’ support of our organization over the past 39 years. We have enjoyed partnering with many of the community nonprofits and individuals, giving back and helping to make a difference in the lives of our youth and the communities in which we live. We want to continue offering workshops and programs to the community that are of value. To that end, we are aggressively working with community leaders who are representative of our various service facets to enrich our programming over the next years. We will celebrate 40 years in 2012.
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Ending poverty in North Minneapolis

Despite bridge reconstructions, tornado damage, and financial strife, burgeoning small businesses along West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis remain an inspiration during this deep economic recession. US Democratic-Farm-Labor Congressman Keith Ellison (Minnesota-5) represents the area, and is optimistic about its potential market growth. Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District stretches north of Minneapolis to Spring Lake Park, south to Richfield, and west to New Hope and Hopkins.
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