On a very cold day near the end of winter in Saint Paul, a low-income woman of color on her way to work races across the street on Dale and University to catch the light rail while pushing a stroller with her seven-month-old daughter in it. If she does not catch this train she will be fired and terminated from her job. This will cause a ripple effect in her life. The loss of … [Read more...]
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As we celebrate our history, I find myself reflecting on the health of my African American community. As the director of programs at Stairstep Foundation/His Works United, we work to build wellness in our community. The African American community has long been targeted by tobacco industry marketing. Tobacco companies have poured millions of dollars into advertising to keep … [Read more...]
Thanks to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder for its article “Sharpton straddles fence on menthol cigarette ban” that ran on Feb. 2. Along with several advocates of the Menthol Coalition, I attended this meeting. I am part of a coalition of health and community organizations committed to reducing the harm caused by menthol-flavored cigarettes and other tobacco … [Read more...]
In response to “Gentrification plans of MPHA and Sherman Associates,” MSR, January 19 issue A letter published in a recent issue of the Spokesman-Recorder discussed gentrification in the Twin Cities, as well as the writers’ concerns about possible changes at the Glendale Townhomes owned by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. Given MPHA’s mission to provide housing for … [Read more...]
Last night I heard an interesting radio commercial about the harms of menthol cigarettes. The ad exposes how tobacco companies target menthol products to African Americans, members of the LGBTQ community, and young people. As an African American, I’m concerned about the alarming number of people I see using these products within my community. The industry has a long history … [Read more...]