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How music is fueling the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

How music is fueling the #BlackLivesMatter MovementLONG BEACH, Calif — I still remember the first time I heard Lupe Fiasco's "All Black Everything." I was in my apartment in Davis, Calif., where I attended college. When I heard the words, I was reminded of the history of Black people in America. It made me want to learn even more about my history. Everyone has a sphere of influence, and the music made me ask myself: "How am I using mine?"
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Rainbow Push: Medtronic merger should include U.S. infrastructure investment incentives Repatriating corporate capital

Rainbow Push: Medtronic merger should include U.S. infrastructure investment incentives Repatriating corporate capitalMinneapolis – Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) members accompanied by the head of Minneapolis Branch NAACP yesterday (Jan. 6) participated in shareholder consideration of the merger of Medtronic and Covidien.
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Repatriating corporate capital: Rainbow Push: Medtronic merger should include U.S. infrastructure investment incentives

Repatriating corporate capital:  Rainbow Push: Medtronic merger should include U.S. infrastructure investment incentives Minneapolis – Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) members accompanied by the head of Minneapolis Branch NAACP yesterday (Jan. 6) participated in shareholder consideration of the merger of Medtronic and Covidien.
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What's in a word? Plenty, when the word is "racism"

What's in a word? Plenty, when the word is Does the word "racism" contribute to conversation? Or is it so politically charged and divisive that it causes people to tune you out?
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Center for American Progress lists criminal justice system reforms

Center for American Progress lists criminal justice system reformsWashington, D.C. — The recent events following the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and others at the hands of law-enforcement officials have brought into national focus a debate over the persistent inequalities of America's criminal justice system—including police practices, the use of force and aggressive policing, arrest and prosecution policies, the severity of criminal sentences, and the disparate impact many of these policies have on communities of color. Today, the Center for American Progress issued recommendations to begin reforming the criminal justice system and police-community relations, which involve improved police training; data collection and accountability; repairing the fractured relationship between police and community; and, in instances where lives are taken, the promise of a diligent, independent, thorough investigation and prosecution, when appropriate.
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America's policy toward Cuba never made sense

America's policy toward Cuba never made sensePresident Obama's decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, following 18 months of secret talks, is one of the smartest decisions he's made as president.
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JESSE JACKSON: Keep on Marching

JESSE JACKSON: Keep on MarchingThe protests began in Ferguson, exploding after the prosecutor announced that the policeman who killed Michael Brown would not be brought to trial. They spread across the country after the Staten Island grand jury refused to charge the policeman who strangled Eric Garner, killing him on camera. Now, as others –Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, Akai Gurley – are added to the list of casualties, the marches keep on building.
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Insight News columnist releases second novel: Penny Jones-Richardson hopes to inspire women with 'Nobody Told Me I Was a Queen'

Insight News columnist releases second novel: Penny Jones-Richardson hopes to inspire women with 'Nobody Told Me I Was a Queen'Penny Jones-Richardson has a message for any woman willing to receive it.

Her message is simple, but still hard for some to properly receive. Jones-Richardson simply wants women to know that they are queens.
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Unfinished business

Unfinished businessThe public attack on Mayor Hodges by John Delmonico of the Minneapolis Police Federation, in crudely trying to associate her with gang members in what became known as Pointergate, has backfired big time. It quickly became a national joke, but it laid bare the antagonism between the mayor and the many reactionary elements in the MPD. Just prior to that, Chief Harteau refused to go to a community meeting in South Minneapolis because she feared for her safety. The community in South Minneapolis was outraged.
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Wrap-up: 'Conversations with Al McFarlane'

Wrap-up: 'Conversations with Al McFarlane'Al McFarlane has become quite proficient in ancestral research and is reaching out to DNA distant relatives through DNA programs to learn more of his lineage.
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Under high pressure, Minneapolis City Council reverses #Lattelevy vote

Under high pressure, Minneapolis City Council reverses #Lattelevy voteLocal activists obtained a rare victory Wednesday evening after the Minneapolis City Council voted to reverse their decision to cut $225,000 from a racial equity program and a clean energy initiative — a cut deemed #Lattelevy.
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