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Oct 31st

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Hands off Ambassador Susan Rice: Hypocrites have no right to speak

New York - Fresh off a highly successful State of the Black World Conference III at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where hundreds of Black leaders, organizers and activists gathered to discuss a blueprint for action after the re-election of President Barack Obama -- the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) has launched an online campaign to protest the persistent assault on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice spearheaded by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Calling their actions hypocritical in an Open Letter, which individuals and organizations are being asked to sign, IBW states: "We find it utterly incredulous that the Honorable Senators who uncritically supported the war against Iraq, based on inexplicably flawed intelligence or outright deception, could even perk their lips to criticize Ambassador Rice."
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GOP’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Sexist’ attacks on Susan Rice

GOP’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Sexist’ attacks on Susan RiceWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Representative Marcia Fudge, the newly-elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, says politically-inspired charges that United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice is "not very bright" and is "unqualified" to be named Secretary of State by President Barack Obama are racist and sexist in addition to being untrue.
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Income inequality threatens Minnesota’s future

The income gap between Minnesota's richest and poorest families continues to widen, according to a national report released today.
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Cedar Rapids’ Dedric Doolin elected new National NAACP Board Member

Cedar Rapids’ Dedric Doolin elected new National NAACP Board MemberDedric Doolin was installed to the NAACP’s National Board of Director this month. The board selected Doolin as a replacement for Rev. Keith A. Ratliff who resigned earlier this year. Doolin was officially installed on October 20, 2012 in Arlington, Maryland by Leon Russel, Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the nation’s largest civil rights organization. 
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NAACP polls Black voters

For the civil rights community, Election Day was an undeniable victory. Ballot initiatives promoting equality were passed in several key states and Minnesota's attempt to restrict voting rights was struck down. An NAACP swing state poll conducted in the days leading up to the election showed that African Americans were engaged on these issues, and offered a snapshot of the black electorate at this point in history.
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Ellison statement in anticipation of U.N. Vote on Palestinian Statehood

Ellison statement in anticipation of U.N. Vote on Palestinian StatehoodWASHINGTON- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement in anticipation of the United Nations General Assembly vote to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority at the United Nations to non-member observer state:
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Gala honors Congressman Rangel worked to rebuild Haiti

Gala honors Congressman Rangel worked to rebuild HaitiNew York, N.Y. Congressman Charles B. Rangel was honored by The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation with its Humanitarian Award for his decades of work to encourage development in Haiti. Among his many contributions, Rangel created the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act of 2010, which provides additional trade preferences to Haitian textile and apparel imports, which is currently helping Haiti recover from the devastation of the earthquake.
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Wells Fargo supporting military service

Wells Fargo & Company recently announced it is committing $35 million over the next three years as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting military service members and veterans.
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Hayden appointed Senate Majority Deputy Leader

Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) announced on Nov. 14th the appointment of State Senator Jeffrey Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) as Deputy Leader of the Senate Majority Caucus for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session. As Deputy Leader, Senator Hayden will work in cooperation with Majority Leader-designate Bakk and Assistant Majority Leader-designate Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove).
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Progressives want Deal for All in budget negotiations

President Obama this week heard from progressive legislative leaders as part of his strategy to build consensus for tax reforms that will avert the looming budget crises. Following the meeting, Keith Ellison D-MN5, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said, "The American people voted for fairness last week. It's time for Congress to listen.
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The last time I jumped off a cliff hitting the water felt like a punch below the belt

So I asked my client, "Have you ever jumped off a cliff?" Well I have. Actually it was the day before my wedding. I was at Rick's Cafe in Negril, Jamaica. Now I'm no expert but the one thing I can tell you about jumping off a cliff is that you can't guarantee how you're going to land. Feet first, head first, belly fl op, become paralyzed, die...you just don't know and that's a scary feeling.
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