The Saint Paul City Council has a crucial vote coming up on Oct. 25. How they vote will illustrate just where their priorities lie. Our city leaders can choose to help protect communities of color from the tobacco industry or maintain business as usual: Choosing money over Black lives. The ordinance to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only businesses is similar … [Read more...]
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My question: Have White people lost their minds or do they believe Black people are stupid or crazy when it comes to the history of the American flag? All this talk about the pride Black people should have for the American flag is nonsense. Our tenure under the American flag has been nothing short of a catastrophe. Our woes under the U.S. flag are enslavement, … [Read more...]
I am writing on behalf of Vision in Living Life (VILL), “Change is Possible” our youth count program of Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation in St. Paul. VILL engages youth in a range of activities and educational opportunities that promote and support their passage to be healthy, responsible and law abiding citizens. Our youth have been educating the … [Read more...]
As a community elder, I want to share my appreciation for the Minneapolis City Council voting to restrict menthol tobacco to adult-only stores. We, as African Americans, have been heavily targeted by the tobacco industry for five decades. So, it was exciting to witness Minneapolis be a leader in the state and the nation by passing an ordinance designed to reduce health … [Read more...]
The letter to the editor by NAACP President, Jason Sole, (May 25-31) calling for action against the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is long overdue. It took a fellow veteran and me 18 months to correct civil rights violations, health violations and quality of life issues inflicted by the MPRB on the homeless veterans facility, Common Bond, on the Upper Post of Ft. … [Read more...]