CBC presses White House for fairness in advertising
Thursday, 02 July 2009 14:41
Hazel Trice Edney, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – U. S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is pressing the White House and the president’s cabinet on the apparent void in federal government advertising in Black-owned newspapers and radio.
Ellison condemns hate crimes, home grown terrorism
Monday, 15 June 2009 16:02
Minnesota 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison this week condemned the rise in hate crimes in the United States, including the Wednesday murder of Stephen T. John, a guard on duty at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the recent murder of physician Dr. George Tiller while he attend his Sunday church service.
Police, fire fighters compete to help Memorial Blood Centers
Monday, 15 June 2009 14:14
The Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments this month are partnering with Memorial Blood Centers in a competitive blood drive with their St. Paul counterparts. The program, known as the Battle of the Badges, pits Minneapolis versus St. Paul departments in a friendly competition for a traveling trophy based on the total number of donors representing each organization.
Ellison Health Care Reform legislation ties insurance costs to patient care
Monday, 15 June 2009 12:44
Keith Ellison (D-MN5) this week introduced health care legislation in anticipation of upcoming Congressional action on health care reform. Ellison’s The Good Care Act of 2009 requires that all health plans participating in the proposed “health insurance exchange” spend a minimum of 90% of the health care premiums they charge on health care services for their patients.
Metropolitan Council approves more projects for stimulus funding
Monday, 15 June 2009 12:38
ST. PAUL—June 10, 2009--The Metropolitan Council today approved more metro area transportation projects for federal stimulus funding. The Council action marks the final allocation of about $250 million in stimulus funding for transportation projects in the metro area. An additional $70.6 million has been targeted for transit.
U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Bremer Bank announce new funds to aid foreclosure recovery efforts
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:58
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) announced last week $250,000 will be distributed by Bremer Bank in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area to assist low-income homebuyers. These funds are part of the Urban First-time Homebuyer Fund of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. These dollars are part of more than $123 million in funding that Bremer has received from FHLB Des Moines during its long-term partnership.
Dance group uses DMC’s song “I’m Legit” to shed light on open records in Minnesota
Friday, 29 May 2009 14:56
Michelle K. Johnson, M. A.
Open records legislation is a national movement by members of the adoption community to grant access to original birth certificates and agency records to adoptees. Currently, when adoptions are finalized, the original birth records are sealed, including the birth certificate naming birth parents.
Attorney General Holder pledges full support for civil rights
Thursday, 28 May 2009 14:23
James Wright, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspapers
WASHINGTON (NNPA) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has pledged to enforce the nation’s civil rights laws, saying that while the country has made significant progress in race relations, a lot more needs to be done.
In economic crisis: Black church memberships increase while offerings decrease
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 14:18
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The doors of the historic Black Church, a fortress of healing from social pain, have opened even wider during the economic crisis. But, as church membership increases across the nation, offerings are decreasing, causing even houses of faith to make difficult decisions, pastors say.
Conflict (and cooperation) between newly arrived African immigrants and the African American community. Co-hosted by Reverend Jerry McAfee, Pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Abdirizak Bihi, Director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center. Jackie Cherryhomes, former member of Minneapolis City Council and candidate for Minneapolis Mayor. Patwin Lawrence, Board Chair for the Council on Black Minnesotans.