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Sep 02nd


NAACP’s Ben Jealous rallies Minnesota opposition to voter ID and marriage amendments

NAACP’s Ben Jealous rallies Minnesota opposition to voter ID and marriage amendmentsNational NAACP President Ben Jealous was in town this past week to show his support for forces united to defeat two proposed amendments on the Nov. 6 state ballot.

Justice is not a zero-sum game: Vote No on Marriage Amendment

The first thing to recognize is that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people are in every demographic group – including African-Americans.

Hip Hop artists stand up against voter suppression

Hip Hop artists stand up against voter suppression On Sunday, October 28, Congressman Keith Ellison's re-election campaign will host a major concert at First Ave in downtown Minneapolis to get out the vote for the November 6 election.

President Obama: He got game!

President Obama: He got game!Well if Stella could get her groove back, why not the President? We saw him in his "A" game mode during the second presidential debate. It was like Ali coming back at Frazier the third and final time around—"the thrilla in Manilla." What we saw was intellect unleashed—the thrilla in Hempstead, N.Y. Not quite as exotic, but it served its purpose. President Barack Hussain Obama, the incumbent, was on point—like Michael Jordan doing a slam dunk.

Minnesota Council of Churches urges 'no' vote on voter restriction amendment

Minnesota Council of Churches urges 'no' vote on voter restriction amendmentStanding in front of Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis this morning, leaders of the Minnesota Council of Churches, which represents one million Christians across the state of Minnesota, announced the MCC's official opposition to the voter restriction amendment.

Brotherhood Brew creating change, transforming lives

Brotherhood Brew creating change, transforming livesA program in St Paul has made its mark in teaching students professionalism, while providing a support system with collaborating work ethic.

Voter ID attacks voting rights

Voter ID attacks voting rightsFor decades, Minnesota has been #1 nationally for voter turnout. If Voter ID passes on Election Day, that will change for many reasons---none of which appear on the ballot: The number of people voting will shrink, further reflect the wealth gap and whiten. Implications for further corruption and discrimination ripple out beyond elections. Since juries are chosen from voter rolls, criminal justice system bias would deepen, as even fewer people of color and the poor are picked to judge their peers.

Group seeks to make free condoms more accessible

LAS VEGAS (NNPA) – No one should ever accuse organizers of Condom Nation, a project of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, of thinking small. A year ago, they came up with the idea of traveling around the nation and dispensing 1 million free condoms in 25 cities. So far, it has visited 45 cities and distributed 4 million condoms.

Robin Hickman: Community treasure

Robin Hickman: Community treasureOn a late sunny fall afternoon at a busy café in St. Paul, a woman in her early thirties talked with a teenage girl to whom she was recently introduced.

Unemployment falls to 7.8%

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After receiving poor marks for his performance in his nationally-televised debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, President Obama received a much-needed boost from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' report showing that unemployment fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest it has been in nearly four years.

2010 Census shows multiple-race population grew faster than single-race population

The 2010 Census showed that people who reported multiple races grew by a larger percentage than those reporting a single race. According to the 2010 Census brief The Two or More Races Population: 2010, the population reporting multiple races (9.0 million) grew by 32.0 percent from 2000 to 2010, compared with those who reported a single race, which grew by 9.2 percent.
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