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Aug 01st


America's racial temperature rising, experts say agitators must speak peace

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - U. S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was headed for the Capitol to vote on President Obama’s health care bill in March when he was pelted with racial epithets when passing near a group of conservative Tea Party protestors.

Days later, reports of attacks on Democrats around the country included bricks smashing through windows and a potentially lethal gas pipe cutting at a home thought to be owned by Virginia Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello. According to reports, the FBI announced the agency would investigate Tea Partiers and a race hate group as potential suspects.

Some good things to know about Haiti

Some good things to know about HaitiW.E.B DuBois- One of the great minds of the 20th century was the son of a Haitian, Alfred DuBois. W.E.B DuBois was the first African to earn a PhD from Harvard, wrote the first scientific book on the trades, and was a committed activist who helped to found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Jean Baptise DuSable- Was a Haitian, who founded the great city of Chicago, IL. Besides the indigenous people (Indians), he was the first Non-Indian settler on the land of the Chicago natives.

Henri Christophe- At the age of 12, he was sent with a contingent of over 2,000 Haitian soldiers to support the American Revolution at the battle of Savannah in 1779. France, which controlled Haiti at that time, was America’s first ally. Christophe was later to become a major leader of the Haitian Revolution against France in 1791.

The brass tacks of local & state elections....And why YOU should care

The brass tacks of local & state elections....And why YOU should careCandidates have filed. Lawn signs are printed. The 2010 elections have begun. We all know it is not a presidential year so why should we care about state and local elections?

There are a great deal of important seats up for election. This year, in addition to Governor and Lt. Governor, every state house seat, every state senate seat, 10 Minnesota Court of Appeals judges and three Minnesota Supreme Court justices are also up for election.

Hennepin and Ramsey County elections include Ramsey County District Court judges in every district, Hennepin County Soil and Water Supervisor, Hennepin County Park Commissioner, Hennepin County Commissioner, Ramsey County Commissioner, Ramsey County Sheriff, Ramsey County Attorney and Ramsey Conservation District Supervisor.

Talk show host Glenn Beck mocks Obama’s daughter, apologizes

Talk show host Glenn Beck mocks Obama’s daughter, apologizes(NNPA) - Fox News personality and conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has apologized for mocking Malia Obama in a pretend conversation on his radio show.

Beck said he was trying to explain how President Obama uses his children to deflect media criticism, and said he took it too far.

“In discussing how President Obama uses children to shield himself from criticism, I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates,” Beck wrote on his Web site. “The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines. It was a stupid mistake and I apologize—and as a dad I should have known better.”

According to CNN, in a recent press conference discussing the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama noted that Malia asked him if he’d plugged the hole yet. Beck used that as fodder for his show as he mocked her voice in repeating that and a series of other questions.

"... That's the level of their education, that they're coming to—they're coming to daddy and saying ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’ Plug the hole!” Beck said at one point, according to CNN.

All eyes on the new South Africa!

All eyes on the new South Africa!Starting Friday, June 11, the eyes of the world’s largest audience will be glued to the Soccer World Cup, an accomplishment of major proportions for South Africa and an entire continent.

African leaders believe that this tournament will enable the continent to overturn stereotypes of tragedy, disaster and failure and prove that it is a vibrant can-do region with a positive future.

The World Cup is "the single greatest opportunity we have ever had to showcase our diversity and potential to the world,” declared South African president Jacob Zuma. “We must rise and tell the story of a continent which is alive with possibilities."

Ten soccer stadiums were ready early, unlike in many other host nations in the past, and six of them -- five built from scratch and one extensively expanded and rebuilt -- are magnificent arenas standing comparison with any in the world.

Outspoken Zambian editor in hot water again

Outspoken Zambian editor in hot water againA news editor whose staff was accused of pornography for its pictures of an unattended infant birth, is facing an imminent sentence of four months of hard labor for contempt of court.

Zambian Post editor, , was jailed for publishing a story by U.S.-based law professor Muna Ndulo on the government’s case against Post News Editor Chansa Kabwela for her pictures of the birth.

The so-called “porn” had been part of an expose on conditions at a local hospital where doctors had been on strike. A woman was snapped giving birth on a pavement. It was never published but was circulated to public officials to highlight the poor state of medical care in the country.

“We condemn this particularly harsh prison sentence of one of Zambia’s most prominent editors, which sets back press freedom and the democratic gains in Zambia,” said Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “Fred M’membe should be released on bail immediately and his conviction overturned on appeal.”

Poisoning of Nigerian children linked to new mines

Poisoning of Nigerian children linked to new minesRecently reported deaths of more than one hundred children in the northern Nigerian state of Zamfara are being blamed on polluted water pools where the children play.

The deaths of 163 Nigerians, most of them children, were reported by Dr. Henry Akpan, the health ministry's chief epidemiologist, as “lead poisoning caused by illegal gold mining.”

The villages affected are in remote parts of Zamfara, one of Nigeria's poorest states in the arid Sahel region on the southern fringe of the Sahara desert, where many people work as artisanal miners and subsistence farmers.

Stand Up!

Stand Up!I love Ludacris’ song, “Stand Up!” The hook is straight forward: “When I move, you move…just like that?” For this article, let’s adjust the hook a little… “When I vote, you vote! Just like that!”

This year’s election cycle will be the most important for you and your family for quite sometime. Health care, public safety, immigration, education, transportation, the list goes go and on. Time to “Stand Up”!

If Minnesota’s African / African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American communities stood up collectively, we would not only shape Minneapolis’ and St Paul’s political future, but the course of Minnesota’s political direction for some time. Why?

The National Bar Association launches the 2010 Advocacy Competition for high school seniors

The National Bar Association launches the 2010 Advocacy Competition for high school seniorsMetLife to serve as the Platinum Sponsor

MetLife, the nation’s leading provider of life insurance, employee benefits and financial services, will serve as the Platinum Sponsor for the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition. Students will have an opportunity to compete for scholarships to continue their education.

Sponsored by the National Bar Association and supported by the National Bar Institute, the competition is an annual advocacy program designed to motivate students of color to excel in education. The contest encourages high school seniors to express their views on a pre-selected topic, and judges the students on their ability to communicate orally and in writing. It also provides young people with experience in public speaking.

Incentives programs help transform consumption and costs

Incentives programs help transform consumption and costsThis Spring Minnesota consumers could apply for a rebate if they purchased an appliance under the Minnesota trade-in and save appliance rebate program. The program was funded with more than $5 million in Federal Stimulus funds and enabled some 25,000 Minnesota households to earn up to $200 for replacing their refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, or clothes dryer with a qualifying Energy Star model purchased from a Minnesota retailer.

On rebate program launch day, Jeff Haase, who is with the Energy Efficiency Program of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the Office of Energy Security; Julie Ketchum, Director of Government Affairs at Waste Management, Inc.; and Julie Warner, marketing director at Warner Stellian company joined me and co-host, Nghi Huynh, president of Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium, to discuss how Minnesota reaches our communities of color on energy matters.

LDF applauds Supreme Court decision declaring life without parole sentences for children in non-homicide cases unconstitutional

LDF Friend of the Court Brief cited in Court's opinion

Last week, the United States Supreme Court declared that children convicted of non-homicide offenses cannot be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Court concluded that because adolescents are, by nature, less culpable than adults and because life without parole is an extreme sentence which is rarely imposed on teenagers, it is cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a child who has not killed to life without possibility of parole.  The Court explained that "[a] life without parole sentence improperly denies the juvenile offender a chance to demonstrate growth and maturity. Incapacitation cannot override all other considerations, lest the Eighth Amendment's rule against disproportionate sentences be a nullity."
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