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Civil rights leaders meet with President Obama on voting rights

Civil rights leaders meet with President Obama on voting rights WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Voting Rights Act is down, but not out and civil rights leaders joined President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. at the White House Monday to discuss renewed efforts in the fight against voter discrimination.
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Frogtown's Youth Farm raises leaders along with Tuscan kale

Frogtown's Youth Farm raises leaders along with Tuscan kaleAbdi Dahir, a staff member with Youth Farm in Frogtown, looks to be about 16 and speaks about the organization with the confidence of a 29-year-old. It's his second year with the project. "We have three sites in Frogtown," he said. "We're the newest, two years old, but Youth Farm is in five other neighborhoods. Today we built a new compost and we watered the plants." It's almost noon and it's nearly 90 degrees. I ask him his age. "I'm 13," he said.
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Dress code memo causes stir at Salvation Army

Dress code memo causes stir at Salvation ArmyOfficials with the Salvation Army said a memo that banned hairstyles such as cornrows and dreadlocks was posted in error, and such hairstyles are in fact allowed for its workers.
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Rondo Days celebrates 30 years in St. Paul

Rondo Days celebrates 30 years in St. PaulYou couldn't have asked for better weather for the Rondo Days Grand Parade and Festival in Saint Paul, Saturday, July 20. The temperature was comfortably warm and the skies clear, as young and old gathered to celebrate the 30 Year Anniversary of the Rondo Days Festival.
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Senior’s Prom promotes wellness

Senior’s Prom promotes wellnessHeritage Park Senior Services held its First Annual Senior Gala/Prom on Friday, June 4th, 2013, in the Heritage Park Senior Services Center, 1015 4th Ave N, Minneapolis. The Gala provided older adults with a fun and safe place to interact with one another and helped promote the center’s main goal.
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Church Olympics brings together close to 30 churches, 2,500 participants

Church Olympics brings together close to 30 churches, 2,500 participantsThe Stairstep Foundation recently wrapped-up its 10th annual Church Olympics – a weeklong set of events designed to promote healthy living among the Twin Cities African-American population.
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Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday

Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthdayWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black community joined the world in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela when he turned 95 on July 18. The Nelson Mandela Foundation created the international day of service following Mandela’s 90th birthday to celebrate the legacy of the anti-apartheid leader.
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New report demonstrates impossibility of living on the minimum wage in Minnesota

New report demonstrates impossibility of living on the minimum wage in MinnesotaFor a two-parent, two-child family, it costs $73,526 to secure a decent yet modest living in Minneapolis, a new report released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds. In What Families Need to Get By: The 2013 Update of EPI's Family Budget Calculator, Elise Gould, EPI director of health policy research, and her EPI colleagues explain that because poverty thresholds, generally set at the national level, were created to measure serious economic deprivation and do not account for community-specific costs, the dollar amount necessary for a family to attain a secure yet modest living is much higher than conventional estimates.
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National Conference in Pittsburgh: Bev Smith ‘challenges’ Black women to become more active

National Conference in Pittsburgh: Bev Smith ‘challenges’ Black women to become more activeWASHINGTON (NNPA) – On Wednesday, Aug. 28, when most African-Americans will be focusing on the past – the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington – talk show host and activist Bev Smith will be concentrating on the future, kicking off “A Challenge to African American Women,” a 4-day women’s conference in Pittsburgh.
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Richardson to lead St. Stephen's Human Services

Richardson to lead St. Stephen's Human ServicesThe Board of Directors of St. Stephen’s Human Services announced that Roy Richardson will be joining the agency as Executive Director, effective August 1, 2013. Richardson succeeds former Executive Director, Mikkel Beckmen.
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Arleta Little named McKnight arts program officer

Arleta Little named McKnight arts program officerThe McKnight Foundation has hired Arleta Little as arts program officer. She will join the foundation on August 5.
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