Sen. Champion expungement legislation passes Senate floor
Monday, 28 April 2014 15:38
State Senator Bobby Joe Champion's bipartisan legislation to clarify and strengthen Minnesota's expungement laws passed off the Senate Floor today by a vote of 41 to 25. The legislation aims to maintain public safety while allowing those who have served their time to have their records sealed so they can more easily secure employment and housing.
SEIU Minnesota State Council endorses Joy Marsh Stephens for Brooklyn Park Mayor
Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:59
Brooklyn Park, Minn. ¬-- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council, including 800 members who live and work in Brooklyn Park, is excited to announce its endorsement of Joy Marsh Stephens for Brooklyn Park Mayor. Following a member-driven screening process, SEIU members chose to endorse Joy because of her extensive professional experience and her proven history fighting for working families in Brooklyn Park.
Blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, one of the nation's highest disparities, according to FBI statistics. Minnesota 2020's latest report, Collateral Costs, finds these disproportionate arrest rates further exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color.
Washington, D.C. – Members of the National Medical Association (NMA), the nation's largest organization of African-American physicians, have developed and refined an aggressive action plan to help reduce the health disparities that plague the African-American community and result in an unnecessary loss of life and an annual cost to the U.S. economy of billions of dollars.
Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:45
Apr. 21 (GIN) - While divers conducted their final searches in Korea for the high school students drowned in a misguided ferry excursion, in Nigeria, Principal Asabe Kwambula pleaded with kidnappers of over 100 high school girls to "have mercy on the students."
Rwandan "genocide hunters" still searching for perpetrators
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:56
Apr. 7 (GIN) – On the 20th anniversary of one of the worst massacres on the African continent – the Rwandan genocide – a Rwandese couple is still reliving the nightmare as they search for perpetrators in foreign countries complicit in crimes against humanity.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:49
Donna Brazile, DNC Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation
Nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and in public places. The law passed with bipartisan support -- in fact, Republicans helped lead the charge and break the filibuster.
Despite the pleas of several current and former students of the Urban League Academy – a Minneapolis contract alternative school – a divided school board voted to give the school a one-year provisional contract, placing the school's future in jeopardy.