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Sep 01st


NAACP continues historic association with Haiti

NAACP continues historic association with Haiti(Port-au Prince, Haiti) - Last week, a NAACP delegation led by Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, met with Haitian President Michel Martelly to discuss key civil rights issues including education, health care, and economic sustainability.

Ellison introduces Common Sense Housing Investment Act

WASHINGTON--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) this week reintroduced the Common Sense Housing Investment Act (H.R. 6677) to make it easier for middle class and working families to be able to stay in their homes and find affordable rental housing. The bill realigns the mortgage interest deduction to better benefit families who need it most by converting the deduction to a 15% flat rate tax credit on mortgages up to $500,000. The bill strengthens the tax benefits for homeowners, while giving working families better access to rental homes.

Black History Expo celebrates entrepreneurship

Black History Expo celebrates entrepreneurshipMembers of the Twin Cities community celebrated Black History Month through the spirit of entrepreneurship and excelling African-American businesses.

African American clergy to hold Faith Rally at Capitol Rotunda

African American clergy to hold Faith Rally at Capitol RotundaOn Thursday April 4, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, 200 African-American clergy and members of their congregations will hold a faith rally at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda. Together, they will call on legislators to erase existing equity gaps in education, transit, healthcare and housing. They seek to partner with state leaders to achieve equitable budget solutions that benefit the children and families of their community.

Valerie Jarrett Named “Newsmaker of the Year”

Valerie Jarrett Named “Newsmaker of the Year”WASHINGTON (NNPA) – White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been named the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation’s “Newsmaker of the Year.”

Jarrett was presented the award last week during NNPAF’s annual Black Press Week celebration in Washington, D.C.

Ellison seeks minimum wage increase

Ellison seeks minimum wage increaseThe U.S. Department of Labor and US Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) hosted a roundtable discussion to support raising the federal minimum wage.

Area organization’s job is to get people working

Area organization’s job is to get people workingWith the economy still in flux, many individuals are finding themselves facing layoffs and the daunting task of seeking new employment.

President Barack Obama on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

March 23, 2013 – Three years ago today, I signed into law the principle that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one should go broke just because they get sick. The Affordable Care Act will give hard-working, middle class families the health care security they deserve and protect every American from the worst insurance company abuses. Already, millions of seniors are saving $600 a year on their prescription drugs. Millions of young people have been able to stay on their family's health plan until age 26. Preventive care, like mammograms for women and wellness visits for seniors, is covered free of charge. Most importantly, for the sake of our fiscal future, the growth of health care costs is beginning to slow.

More Minnesota children to move to permanent families through Northstar Care for Children

More Minnesota children to move to permanent families through Northstar Care for ChildrenHundreds of children under state guardianship are waiting in foster care for families – parents to adopt them or relatives to assume permanent, legal custody.

Who are the 'undocuqueer?' New reports shed light

Who are the 'undocuqueer?' New reports shed lightA report released recently by the Williams Institute at UCLA estimates that there are at least 267,000 self-identified LGBT undocumented immigrant adults living in the United States. The number is a conservative estimate – because many people who fit into both categories are reluctant to identify as such; and because it doesn't include anyone under the age of 18. Another 637,000 self-identified LGBT individuals are estimated to be among the adult documented immigrant population.

Progressive Caucus Leaders Demand Administration's Full Response on Drones

Progressive Caucus Leaders Demand Administration's Full Response on DronesWashington, D.C.— Rep. Barbara Lee, the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force, with CPC Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison and Caucus members John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Mike Honda, Rush Holt, and Jim McGovern, Monday sent a letter requesting the full, unclassified release of information surrounding the Obama administration's drone policy. Rep. Conyers is the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.
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