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Nov 24th


Obama lifts America's spirit in speech of hope, budget details to be released this week

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In his first speech before Congress, filled with the soaring inspiration reminiscent of his campaign, President Barack Obama Tuesday night promised the nation, “We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

A job is best social service program

Louis King, President of Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Centers, and H.I.R.E co-convener with environmentalist Will Steger, is preaching about the principles that guide his passion for getting our community back to work. He’s selling the world on his idea of responsibility, accountability and justice. He makes the point over and over again, whether talking to overflow Town Hall Meetings around Twin Cities, to the State Legislature in hearings at the Capitol, or in Legislative Hearings in the community, or in churches he views and visits as core institutions at the heart of his efforts to create jobs for our community.

Champion: MnDOT must embrace inclusion

Community leaders and workforce advocates put the fire to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, demanding increased transparency and accountability in the departments’ minority employment and contract awarding practices.

Remarks from President Barack Obama - A big first step -- thank you

Today, I signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.

This is a historic step -- the first of many as we work together to climb out of this crisis -- and I want to thank you for your resolve and your support.


Liberians Should Stay in the U.S., Report Advises Obama Administration

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP and The Advocates for Human Rights last week released a paper highlighting the reasons the United States government should extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians, which is set to expire on March 31, 2009. The report, Liberia Is Not Ready 2009: A Report of Country Conditions in Liberia and Reasons the United States Should Extend Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians, recommends that the U.S. government take immediate action to ensure Liberians are not deported.

U.S. House and Senate “honor and praise” NAACP for 100th anniversary

Both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate saluted the NAACP with "honor and praise" by unanimously passing a resolution to officially recognize the organization on its 100th anniversary, which was February 12. Recognition came with the unanimous passage of legislation (H. Con. Res. 35) by both the House and the Senate. H. Con. Res. 35 was introduced by US Rep. Al Green (TX), and passed the House by a unanimous vote of 424-0. It later passed the Senate by a unanimous vote as well. Green, who has introduced similar resolutions every year, has been a champion of several NAACP legislative efforts.  

McFarlane: Making waves in entertainment biz: From Minnesota to world stage

LOS ANGELES — When Micah McFarlane’s career brought him to Minnesota for a few days, he took the opportunity to reconnect with some former classmates from Worthington.

MnDot challenged

Over 400 people rallied last Tuesday night at the American Indian Center on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis for the third in a series of H.I.R.E. MN Town Hall Meetings and vowed to make their voices count as Minnesota and the nation struggle with job retention, job creation and saving the nation’s economy.

Frias to lead St. Paul Human Rights program

Luz Maria Frias has been named the director of Saint Paul’s newly merged Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) department. Following a nationwide search, Frias’ appointment came after an extensive process that included applicant interviews and evaluations by the community and a 13-member selection committee.

Ex-Wall St. banker scores major land deal in Sudan

Jan. 27 (GIN) – A former U.S. banker has secured a huge tract of arable land in southern Sudan in what has been called Africa’s largest post-colonial private land deal.

Champion legislation increases reentry support for offenders

State Rep. Bobby Champion (DFL – 58B) joined State Sen. Mee Moua last week to discuss the importance of second chances and offender reentry issues as part of “Second Chance Day on the Hill.”

“From my perspective, public policy is about forgiveness,” said Champion, who is working with other legislators to address reentry issues this session.  “While it’s important for people to face the consequences of criminal activity, we also need to strike a balance that allows individuals who have paid their debt to society to have a fair chance to rejoin society.”
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