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Mar 31st


Your legal rights: Beware of charitable scams in the wake of Haiti earthquake

As news of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti continues to emerge, Minnesota citizens and companies are wondering what they can do to help the victims of this natural disaster. While a number of international relief agencies are delivering much-needed emergency assistance, medicine, water, and supplies, Minnesotans are also seeking ways to help by making a donation. As with many tragedies before, the desire to help victims of the earthquake makes it ripe for scammers to take advantage of Minnesotans’ generosity and compassion. The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office provides the following tips to help ensure that your donation goes most directly to help those affected by this or any other disaster:

Minnesota Ethiopians rally to free an 'Icon of Democracy"

MINNEAPOLIS -- In churches, schools and meeting halls around Minnesota, the state’s sizeable population of Ethiopian refugees is rallying to free a political heroine  who is wasting away in prison in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

BBB advice on donating by text message to Haiti Relief Efforts

In the wake of the earthquake disaster in Haiti, Americans are donating via text message more than ever before. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota advises donors that giving through text can be a safe and easy way to give—but you should still use caution.

Team enroute to Haiti while concerned Minnesotans wait for word

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many Minnesotans are waiting for news about loved ones in Haiti after an earthquake Tuesday that registered 7.0 on the Richter scale - the largest quake ever recorded in the Caribbean island nation. Several churches and aid organizations in Minnesota have strong ties to Haiti, and Minnesota families with pending adoptions are trying to get word about their soon-to-be children.

President Obama proposes financial crisis responsibility fee to recoup every last penny for American taxpayers

WASHINGTON, DC- President Barack Obama will join his economic team today to propose a Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee to be imposed on the debt of the largest financial firms until the American people are fully compensated for the extraordinary assistance they provided to Wall Street.

Janitors set deadline for companies to address Green Cleaning Innovations

More than 4,000 janitors from across the Twin Cities began working without a contract today after an agreement with their employers expired Friday. After cleaning contractors rejected green cleaning innovations that could save building owners millions, while simultaneously demanding drastic wage and health care cuts, Twin Cities janitors set a January 23 deadline for employers to discuss real solutions proposed by janitors on green cleaning and affordable health insurance.

Earthquake leaves Haiti ‘worse than a war zone’

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Gravely injured Haitians pleaded for help Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from humble shacks to the National Palace and the headquarters of U.N. peacekeepers.

Ellison expresses condolences to Haitians

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) released the following statement regarding the catastrophic earthquake that occurred yesterday on the Caribbean island of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

Walmart donates $600,000 in response to Haiti earthquake

In response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Walmart operations around the world and the Walmart Foundation today announced a $500,000 monetary donation to Red Cross emergency relief efforts in Haiti. The company is also sending pre-packaged food kits valued at $100,000 to Haiti at the request of the Red Cross.  

Remarks by the President on Rescue Efforts in Haiti

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  This morning I want to extend to the people of Haiti the deep condolences and unwavering support of the American people following yesterday's terrible earthquake.  

Continue the Dream, by Serving Our Children

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to a dream of equality.  He dreamed of a day when “little black boys and black girls would be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
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