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Brown v. Board at 60

Brown v. Board at 60May 13, 2014 - This Saturday will mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which found "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," and put a large crack in the foundation of legally sanctioned racial segregation. 60 years later, we still have work to do before the dreams of the civil rights era are realized.

The major question decided in the Brown v. Board decision, of course, was whether black students could be legally prohibited from attending certain schools. By finding such a system unconstitutional, the decision was one of the first major steps in dismantling a larger system of mandated segregation. Since that decision, we have largely finished the job of taking apart the legal structure that required racial segregation.
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Hayden offers resolution condemning Boko Haram abductions of Nigerian girls

Hayden offers resolution condemning Boko Haram abductions of Nigerian girlsSenator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) is offering a resolution in the Minnesota Senate condemning the abduction of more than 250 girls from a Nigeria boarding school by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
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Governor Dayton signs Champion/Melin Second Chance Expungement Bill

Governor Dayton signs Champion/Melin Second Chance Expungement BillGovernor Mark Dayton signed a bill that will give a second chance to thousands of Minnesotans who are taking honest steps to support themselves and their families. The new law (Chapter 246, HF2576) creates a more thorough expungement mechanism that allows judges to permanently seal the criminal records of reformed offenders – making it easier for these Minnesotans to secure good jobs, access quality housing, and provide for their families.
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West Broadway Business Profile: Paradise Beauty Salon

West Broadway Business Profile: Paradise Beauty SalonMarie Egbujor has been operating Paradise Beauty Salon on West Broadway in North Minneapolis since 2009. The inviting salon is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm. Ms. Egbujor is kept busy by her loyal clients; Paradise Beauty is famous for its Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday-only specials: $75 for a full weave sew-in, and dread retouching for just $40.
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New brand announced: Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center

New brand announced: Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment CenterMay 10, 2014—The North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center, located at 1711 West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, is one of the only YMCA facilities in the country dedicated solely to serving children and youth. On May 10, the facility was renamed the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center, to include the name of the man who played an essential role in its creation. Newly-elected Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who was unable to attend the ceremony, also passed along a proclamation officially declaring May 10th as Harold Mezile Day in the City of Minneapolis.
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Profile in Excellence: Jamil Ford

Profile in Excellence: Jamil FordNeighborhood Development Director, Director of External Communications

Jamil Ford lives and works in north Minneapolis, but his relationship goes far beyond that though.
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Makeda Zulu-Gillespie honored for outstanding community service

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie honored for outstanding community serviceMakeda Zulu-Gillespie was recently honored at a recognition reception held at University of Minnesota Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center in Minneapolis (UROC).
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MNsure Board sets 2015 premium withhold, elects Chair and Vice-Chair

MNsure Board sets 2015 premium withhold, elects Chair and Vice-ChairThe MNsure Board of Directors approved a 3.5% premium withhold on qualified health plans for the 2015 coverage year.
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Seeking transit justice

Seeking transit justiceMinneapolis, MN—On May 10, community members met with a panel of Metropolitan Council members and local transit riders to discuss the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit METRO Green Line Extension (SWLRT) and address the racial inequities present in the regional public transportation system.
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Ellison's Money Remittances Improvement Act: Helping support families back home in Somalia

Ellison's Money Remittances Improvement Act: Helping support families back home in SomaliaAcademy Award nominated actor and former Minneapolis resident Barkhad Abdi was in town to support the system of sending money from loved ones abroad to his native land of Somalia.
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Rights chief: Minneapolis insincere on civil rights legislation

Rights chief: Minneapolis insincere on civil rights legislationTensions at Minneapolis City Hall have been brewing over the city's Department of Civil Rights and have spilled into an over boil at a recent City Council board meeting.
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