G.E.A.R. U.P. (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program) was formed and put into place in 1993 by then-president Bill Clinton and Congressman Chaka Fattah, to assist first-generation, low-income, and under-served youth to get ready for post-secondary educational opportunities.
Under the Office of Higher Education’s Get Ready program, this is a federal college and career readiness program that has helped thousands of young people to start college. Many of these students, for a variety of reasons, receive no economic support from their families upon starting college, and there are economic and cultural disparities that greatly interfere with college learning.
One of the founders of the High School for Recording Arts, T.C. Ellis, stated during the event, “We need all of you to spend more time with us…in order to G.E.A.R. U.P. and get ready for college.”
Black lawyers nationwide are concerned about “prosecutor’s discretion” whether or not to file charges on police officers who shoot Blacks. The Cochran Firm, founded by late attorney Johnnie Cochran, earlier this summer released a “boiling point” timeline of police-related shootings of Blacks over a 12-month period from July 2014 to July 2015.
The Minneapolis City Council last week approved funding for a study to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour as well as a proposed ordinance to help protect minimum-wage workers, including “predictability pay” for employees if their work schedule changes, cancels or shortens with less than 24 hours’ notice. The council’s actions may have been influenced by labor unrest at the downtown Twins stadium.
On Saturday, October 3, Sister Spokesman: Pink Fest — Sisterhood of Survival gathered community members and expert panelists to discuss issues surrounding cancer and to celebrate cancer survivors at Arnellia’s in St. Paul. Attendees also enjoyed the soulful stylings of Johnnie Brown, who gave a preview of his upcoming Teddy Pendergrass tribute.