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Sep 04th


Crime fighting remains a top priority in Jamaica for 2011

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding said crime rate in his country is very high and reducing it remains a top priority for his government for this year.

In his New Year message to the nation, the Prime Minister said his cabinet has already issued drafting instructions for tough anti-gang legislation which will be enacted for 2011.

ECHO’s new program offers ethnic communities “A hand up, not a hand out”

Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO) takes steps to educate individuals about their local Community Action Agency and how it can make a difference in their lives with the services it offers.

“Community Action provides so many services that it can be difficult to get the people we serve to see that we can be a one-stop-shop for the kind of assistance that can help to lift people out of poverty,” says Arnie Anderson, Executive Director of Minnesota Community Action Partnership.

Haiti: One year later

Haiti: One year laterToday marks the one year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti. Nearly a quarter of a million lives were lost, more than three hundred thousand people were injured and more than a million people were left homeless. The President called it a “cruel and incomprehensible” blow to a nation that has known its share of hardship and suffering. None of us will soon forget the images of despair in the days after the earthquake, or the moments of hope as Americans joined together with people from around the world in a massive humanitarian effort.

This is an important time for us to reflect on the important progress that’s been made, and the many players who have made it possible, while reaffirming the American commitment to Haiti and looking ahead to the work that remains to be done in cooperation with the Haitian people and international partners.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act will Hurt the Economy

The House Republican Health Care Plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away all the new freedom and control it gives the American people over their health care and gives it back to insurance companies will not only raise costs for individuals and businesses, but it will hurt our economy.  

Since the President signed the Affordable Care Act into law last March, the economy has created over 1 million private sector jobs, including the 113,000 private sector jobs created in December announced today.   So, at a time when our economy is getting stronger, repealing the law would hamper that important economic progress by increasing costs on individuals and businesses, weakening the benefits and protections that Americans with private insurance are already enjoying, and adding more than a trillion dollars to our deficits.  

An urgent movement for justice

An urgent movement for justice(TEWire) - During the past two weeks, in response to successful grassroots campaigns, two governors have released Black Americans who had been railroaded by our nation's criminal justice system.

Together, these cases speak to the urgent need for the work the NAACP, and our allies, is doing to encourage more governors to use their clemency authority as our nation's founding fathers intended by freeing more deserving people more frequently.

Congressman Ellison Sworn in for 3rd Term, Honored to Serve Minnesota

Washington D.C. - Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05) issued the following statement upon being sworn in for a 3rd term to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives:

I am honored and grateful to be given the opportunity to represent Minnesota’s Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  While I am proud of the many accomplishments of the 111th Congress, much work remains to be done.  We must continue the progress we have made toward putting our citizens back to work.  We must continue to invest in America and rebuild our infrastructure.  We must stem the tide of foreclosures that threaten to push more working families from their homes.  This agenda will require serious effort and I stand ready to work with all of my colleagues to create jobs, boost opportunities for working families, and invest in America for long term prosperity.    

The Family Partnership merger

The Family Partnership mergerMinneapolis’ two strongest nonprofit human services, The Family Partnership (formerly Family & Children’s Service) and Reuben Lindh Family Services (RLFS), have officially merged January 1, 2011.

The new organization is called The Family Partnership. Molly Greenman is President and CEO, which was her position prior to the merger and Dianne Haulcy, Executive Director of RLFS, is its Chief Operating Officer.

This merger brings together two organizations with long and strong traditions of creating better futures for children and families living in poverty.

Census results reveal flight from cities

Black residents are increasingly departing large U.S. cities - a shift that could affect African American political power, according to data from the first results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s population census.

The population of the nation’s capital now exceeds 600,000 residents, 53 percent of whom are African American, and there has been a gain of nearly 30,000 new Washingtonians since a decade ago.  But, according to Census Bureau data released December 21 and cited by The Washington Post, much of the increase is due to an ongoing influx of Hispanics and Whites moving into the city—a change brought on by a gentrification process that has forced many African Americans out of city neighborhoods.

Immigration reform: Reflections on the DREAM act

In 1960, African American students staged instrumental sit-ins against racial segregation, igniting a movement that eventually led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In 1968, students of the Chicano movement organized protests and walkouts in response to unequal conditions in public schools and cultivated leaders who (re)inserted Mexican American perspectives into US history.

These days, hundreds of thousands of DREAMers carry on such traditions, taking risks as they fight against dehumanization and push for fair access to opportunities in the country many wish to call home.

D.C. Post Office named after Dorothy Height

President Barack Obama recently signed a bill that names the United States Postal Service office in Washington D.C. after civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height.

On Dec. 15, Obama signed into order H.R. 6118, which renames the United States Postal Service facility located on Massachusetts Avenue in northeast D.C. as the Dorothy I. Height Post Office. The bill passed the House last September and passed the Senate earlier this month.

Unions call out Pawlenty on budget ‘blame game’

Unions call out Pawlenty on budget ‘blame game’Part 1 of 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With a looming $6.2 billion dollar state budget deficit, outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been in the spotlight recently, blaming public employee unions for a big part of both state and national financial woes. Pawlenty has said public employees' union members are overpaid, and receive benefits he considers excessive.

Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5, the union that represents state workers, calls those claims myths, and counters that public employees are playing an important role in Minnesota's economic recovery.
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