The American Civil Liberties Union's Criminal Law Reform Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota released their study of more than 96,000 arrests made by Minneapolis police officers for low-level offenses from January 2012 through September 2014. Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, a Minneapolis Case Study reveals that Black people were 8.7 times more likely than white people to be arrested for a low-level offense—any offense with a fine of $3,000 or less and/or a year or less in jail. Native Americans were 8.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for such offenses.
African Immigrant Services gets Bush Foundation grant
Friday, 05 June 2015 15:50
The Bush Foundation has awarded the African Immigrant Services (AIS) $200,000 to support its From Observers to Leaders initiative based in the Northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. AIS is among 30 organizations awarded $5 million through the foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program announced on May 27.
Friday, 05 June 2015 14:47
Steven Belton, Interim President
In a letter released June 4, 2015 and copied to my attention, Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor, stated the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) was "unable to substantiate the improprieties related to double-billing by MUL." Specifically, the auditors could not substantiate any of the Star Tribune's claims as relates to dollars we received from the Minneapolis Public Schools for the Urban League Academy alternative school and grant monies allocated to our 13th Grade Program by the Minnesota Department of Education.
Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental health
Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:49
Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related drug and alcohol use.
But mental health treatment goes far beyond diagnoses and prescriptions.
EDITORIAL: The Conflicted Existence Of African American Men: Rap, Sports, Prison & Unemployment
Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:04
Today no group is more misrepresented in the American conscious than African American males. Their presentation in media is a glamorous image of Grammy Awards and NBA MVP statues. But their reality is one of failure unlike any other subgroup in all of America. Black maleness holds a bastion of unemployed, imprisoned and homeless. Our nation, not only forgot these men, it created their pseudo image as a placeholder for our country's history. An image that has been painted with a cover of NFL logos and rap stars making millions of dollars. All as an optical illusion to accept our own conscious need to see this failure as personal, and not systemic.
Thursday, 28 May 2015 14:56
Jeffrey A. Hassan, Executive Director African American Leadership Forum
When I was growing-up in the 1950's and 1960's they used to refer to Black folks as being "Poor." The new word for poor today is "Poverty" – a word with terrible implications. Webster's dictionary defines poverty as being destitute, being a beggar, lacking in nutrition, and lacking in fertility. We need to stop referring to ourselves and our people as being poor or living in "Poverty."
New report shows wide racial disparities in Twin Cities transit times
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:39
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, TakeAction Minnesota, ISAIAH, and the Center for Popular Democracy released a new report showing the impact of enormous racial disparities in commute times between transit riders of color and white drivers in the Twin Cities. The report shows that transit riders of color in the Twin Cities lose the equivalent of about four work weeks commuting annually compared to white drivers.