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Feb 14th


Saint Paul HRA Board passes $2.5 Million for new foreclosure prevention and homeowner assistance programs

Package also funds preservation and new construction of multi-family affordable housing

HRC’s new Municipal Equality Index details the state of LGBT equality in the Twin Cities

First of its kind nationwide evaluation of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy finds cities need to do more to protect LGBT employees and citizens

Violence escalates in Congo; Minnesota-based American Refugee Committee responds

The crisis in the Congo worsened this week in the wake of rebel advances in the eastern part of the country. Families have been forced from their homes and are fleeing for safety in Rwanda, Uganda, and other parts of Congo. They join the more than 400,000 other Congolese men, women, and children who have fled their homes this year alone.

Hands off Ambassador Susan Rice: Hypocrites have no right to speak

New York - Fresh off a highly successful State of the Black World Conference III at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where hundreds of Black leaders, organizers and activists gathered to discuss a blueprint for action after the re-election of President Barack Obama -- the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) has launched an online campaign to protest the persistent assault on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice spearheaded by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Calling their actions hypocritical in an Open Letter, which individuals and organizations are being asked to sign, IBW states: "We find it utterly incredulous that the Honorable Senators who uncritically supported the war against Iraq, based on inexplicably flawed intelligence or outright deception, could even perk their lips to criticize Ambassador Rice."

GOP’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Sexist’ attacks on Susan Rice

GOP’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Sexist’ attacks on Susan RiceWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Representative Marcia Fudge, the newly-elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, says politically-inspired charges that United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice is "not very bright" and is "unqualified" to be named Secretary of State by President Barack Obama are racist and sexist in addition to being untrue.

Income inequality threatens Minnesota’s future

The income gap between Minnesota's richest and poorest families continues to widen, according to a national report released today.

Cedar Rapids’ Dedric Doolin elected new National NAACP Board Member

Cedar Rapids’ Dedric Doolin elected new National NAACP Board MemberDedric Doolin was installed to the NAACP’s National Board of Director this month. The board selected Doolin as a replacement for Rev. Keith A. Ratliff who resigned earlier this year. Doolin was officially installed on October 20, 2012 in Arlington, Maryland by Leon Russel, Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the nation’s largest civil rights organization. 

NAACP polls Black voters

For the civil rights community, Election Day was an undeniable victory. Ballot initiatives promoting equality were passed in several key states and Minnesota's attempt to restrict voting rights was struck down. An NAACP swing state poll conducted in the days leading up to the election showed that African Americans were engaged on these issues, and offered a snapshot of the black electorate at this point in history.

Ellison statement in anticipation of U.N. Vote on Palestinian Statehood

Ellison statement in anticipation of U.N. Vote on Palestinian StatehoodWASHINGTON- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement in anticipation of the United Nations General Assembly vote to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority at the United Nations to non-member observer state:

Gala honors Congressman Rangel worked to rebuild Haiti

Gala honors Congressman Rangel worked to rebuild HaitiNew York, N.Y. Congressman Charles B. Rangel was honored by The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation with its Humanitarian Award for his decades of work to encourage development in Haiti. Among his many contributions, Rangel created the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act of 2010, which provides additional trade preferences to Haitian textile and apparel imports, which is currently helping Haiti recover from the devastation of the earthquake.

Wells Fargo supporting military service

Wells Fargo & Company recently announced it is committing $35 million over the next three years as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting military service members and veterans.
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