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St. Paul switches to Ranked Choice Voting

As back-to-school time, autumn has long been a time of transition – and of learning. This fall FairVote Minnesota is partnering with the city of St. Paul to educate voters about the city’s upcoming switch to Ranked Voting (or Ranked Choice Voting). Voters approved the change in 2009 and will begin using RV for municipal elections this November.
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Chinese Americans & 9/11: The changed & unchanged

Chinese Americans & 9/11: The changed & unchangedWhen I called Steven Wong last week for a story I was preparing for Sing Tao's special edition of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I was hoping to find something that could reflect the strides of life.

Wong, a hotel bartender who used to work in the Marriott World Trade Center before the attacks now works for the Ritz Carlton. He started an organization called the Chinese Hotel Workers Association in 2007 to cater to the needs of the rapidly increasing Chinese new immigrants working in the hotel industry.
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Latinos and African Americans most at risk of hunger, according to new USDA report

A new report issued this week by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found alarming rates of food insecurity among minorities.
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Congresswoman McCollum commemorates the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Despite claims of a “post-racial” society, widespread bias continues in America

WASHINGTON—Recent public opinion polls show that more whites than African-Americans believe that the United States has entered a “post-racial” era in which racial bias doesn’t exist. But social psychologists and experts on race relations dispute that, citing wide racial disparities in education, unemployment, housing, health, wealth, incarceration rates and other quality-of-life measurements as proof of persistent structural racism in American society.

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Keith Reflects on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th

Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) appeared on CNN yesterday to discuss his feelings on the tenth anniversary of September 11th:

“What’s going through my mind today, as it was 10 years ago, is a overwhelming feeling of solidarity with my fellow Americans, overwhelming sorrow for the people who we lost, and a great deal of pride for the people who ran into that burning building and tried to save fellow Americans. The people who tried to rescue fellow Americans were Muslim; they were Christian; they were Jewish, they were Bah’ai; they were people of no faith; they were people of all faiths. And they didn’t care who was in that building. If they could save them they did. “And so that’s what I’m feeling today. Yes of course we could talk about civil rights, profiling, and these things are important to discuss, but today I’m just remembering a lot of affection for Americans lost and Americans who stood up and met the moment with heroism.”  Video after the jump.

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How 9/11 led to an attack on immigrants

How 9/11 led to an attack on immigrantsThe 2001 attacks carved a deep gash into Lower Manhattan, and scarred the minds of New Yorkers with memories of the collapsing Twin Towers that left 2,753 people dead. Ten years later, the nation can count two wars and a sprawling national security apparatus as a part of the legacy of that bright autumn day.

Less obvious in the calculus of the ‘post 9/11’ world that emerged is the 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border, the unmanned drones that cruise into Mexico on the hunt for drug traffickers, an unprecedented level of immigrant deportations and one baggy pant wearing baby-faced Mexican kid known as ‘Puebla’—New York state’s first and only convicted terrorist.
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President Obama addresses job crisis

Remarks of President Barack Obama in an Address to a Joint Session of Congress Thursday, September 9, 2011.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans:

Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.  We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse. 
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Why the King memorial is important to America

“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

Rain, storms and a hurricane may have delayed the dedication of the King memorial, but nothing will stop this historic monument from becoming a part of the American landscape.  While smaller celebrations, including the opening gala and the interfaith service were held to mark this historical occasion, the nation looks forward to the main event – the unveiling of the first memorial on the National Mall in honor of a person other than a president and the first in honor of an African-American.  As a distinguished champion of human dignity and freedom, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s defining leadership throughout the civil rights era continues to impact individual lives and humanitarian efforts in our country and around the globe. 
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One on One with Martin Luther King, III

On the eve of what was supposed to be the landmark dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, The Washington Informer spoke with the preeminent civil rights leader's son Martin Luther King III. He shared his thoughts about his father, the monument and the momentous occasion.  The dedication ceremony was postponed due to Hurricane Irene.
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Martin Luther King, Jr., shaping our hopeful future: A reflection on a lasting legacy

"Take the first step in faith," Martin Luther King, Jr.  Told us.  "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Inspired by his eloquence and his moral courage, ordinary Americans took the first step in faith, and then more and more steps up the staircase to justice and opportunity. 

As our nation marks the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28 by dedicating a  memorial to Dr. King on the National Mall, we at AARP understand that the journey to fulfill the promise of our country is far from over.  We can see the whole staircase, but we haven't gotten to the top yet.
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