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Where is the equity plan for the Viking Stadium?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minneapolis City Council passed a binding resolution May 10, 2012, directing the Civil Rights Department to report to the June council meeting: “1) Master agreement details, including stadium equity plan; 2) Enforcement and reporting structure relating to Stadium Equity Plan” (see City Council website, www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@clerk/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-093512.pdf. It was approved by Mayor Rybak May 25, 2012. Velma Korbel and her Civil Rights Department has yet to report. Are the State, authority, city council and mayor paying lip service to the stadium legislation or are they serious? No report nor steps to correct reflects “not serious.”

The resolution identifies expectations and reporting responsibilities within the city council’s structure, as defined in Article 1, Section 16, of the stadium legislation. Continue Reading →

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Local food broker brings global food to Twin Cities

African, African American and Caribbean foods now available at Cub

 

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

According to an agreement between Cub Foods and Minnesota-based Global African Foods, Inc. (GAF), food items familiar to people from the continent of Africa, the Caribbean islands and African Americans will be distributed by GAF to 30 different Cub Foods stores in the Twin Cities area and a location in Rochester. You can find these items in the ethnic foods section under the African/African American/Caribbean foods banner.  

 

Global African Foods products are available at the following list of Cub Foods grocery stores:

 

 

• Cub Apple Valley

 

• Cub Broadway in Minneapolis

 

• Cub Brooklyn Center

 

• Cub Brooklyn Park South

 

• Cub Burnsville Heart of City

 

• Cub Lake Street in Minneapolis

 

• Cub Lyndale South in Bloomington, MN

 

• Cub Rochester

 

• Cub Fridley

 

• Cub Maplewood East

 

• Cub Midway in St. Paul

 

• Cub Nicollet in Minneapolis

 

• Cub Phalen in East St. Paul

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Conference brings Black environmental thought to Twin Cities

Everyday Black folks missing from the eco-dialogue

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Tuskegee University hosted the first-ever Black Environmental Thought (BET) conference in 2007. The University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Center hosted last weekend the second such event on September 21-23. The U-M’s African American and African Studies (AAAS) department, the Institute for Advanced Study and St. Paul-based AfroEco were key organizers of BET II, which was billed for Black scholars, activists, farmers and other environmentalists “to engage in translocal and transnational dialogues about environmental justice.”

“It took us five years to do this again,” proclaimed U-M Professor Rose Brewer in her welcoming remarks. AAAS Chair Keith Mayes added that too often “Black folk and people of color are left out of the [environmental] discussion.”

Environmental issues are “fundamental Black issues,” noted AfroEco’s Sam Grant. Continue Reading →

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Five million people of color made voting history in 2008

Will voting trend continue in 2012? By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) approximately five million more voters, including Blacks, Latinos and Asians, went to the polls in the historic 2008 presidential election in which America’s first Black president was elected. However, with the rise in voter suppression laws across the country since 2008, approximately five million voters are expected to be affected, says the ACLU. This includes Blacks and other people of color, the elderly, students, the poor and the disabled. “I don’t think it was any accident that after 2008 we found these huge gains in Blacks and Latinos in voting, as well as Asian Americans and Native Americans voting, then all of a sudden all these Republican-held [state] legislatures decided that voter fraud is a problem,” notes University of Minnesota Journalism Professor Catherine Squires. Continue Reading →

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Green Central enters new school year amid controversy

 

 

News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

“The Developmental Dual Language [DDL] program at Green [Central School] is a new approach, and starting new things — moving out of a comfort zone — is always a little threatening. But it’s the right thing to do for our Spanish-speaking students,” says Green Central Principal Catalina Salas. Salas was not available to be interviewed for this story but provided the MSR with a written statement explaining the reasons for curriculum changes. Salas has come under fire from some parents and community members who are nervous about the program and fear that, while it may be the right thing to do for Spanish-speaking students, it may leave African American students behind. Some even fear that this will result in segregation of those students in the same school. Continue Reading →

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Open letter to the community on The Links’ new youth program

 

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (The Links) is pleased to introduce a new and exciting program called “Links to Success…an African American Leadership Experience.”

A year ago, The Links announced the suspension of the Debutante Cotillion Program for the 2011-12 school year and committed to come back with a new youth program to recognize high achievers. We believe “Links to Success…” will be that program, providing innovative and engaging leadership development and college preparation curriculum, mentoring, and exposure to academically high-performing girls. We’re optimistically expecting this new program to engage 20 to 30 high school juniors and seniors. We’re looking for teens who are able to demonstrate commitment to community engagement and service. Applications were available September 4 from the counselors’ offices in the high schools in the Twin Cities school districts and are due back by October 5. Continue Reading →

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Phillips scholars create summer programs for youth, families

 

Jazmine Darden designed a summer program to encourage urban students, including many students of color, to learn more about opportunities in the STEM fields, specifically engineering. Through “Bridgin’ the Gap,” students in kindergarten through eighth grade discovered new information about structural engineering through bridge-building activities. Darden, who is from Brooklyn Park and attends Augsburg College, is one of six Minnesota Private College students chosen to complete a community outreach project as a part of the Phillips Scholars Program. The Phillips Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship initiative that asks college students to propose and then implement a service project to meet an unmet community need. The funds available to selected students total $16,500 in the form of scholarships and stipends from the Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation. Continue Reading →

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Why are so many Black men dying?

 

 

By Terry Yzaguirre

Guest Commentator

 

As I arrived at the homicide scene on 21st and Penn Avenue North in Minneapolis on August 18at about 9 am, the crime lab was still working on the bullet holes on the exterior of the home after a shooting occurred around 3 am leaving one man dead and another wounded. Except for a group of about five people, the streets were desolate. The Black community’s radio station KMOJ located just down the street had no one present to update its listeners to the latest brother shot down. If the Black press in Minneapolis does not give a damn when a brother, sister, or our children are murdered, then why should anyone else? As I continued to monitor the scene, two female medical examiners carrying the blue body bag of the deceased walked out the front door. Continue Reading →

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‘Long overdue’ Black museum dedicated

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Roxanne Givens’ dream of a Black museum finally became a reality as the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM) was formally dedicated last weekend. Those present for the ceremony agreed they were sharing a momentous occasion. “When Roxanne had the epiphany, I was just as excited as she was,” says Judie Carmichael Brown of the museum’s founder and acting director. Brown, herself a founding board member and public relations chair, told the MSR that an estimated 200 persons attended last Friday’s three-hour event at the former Coe mansion, which the museum board acquired in 2008, located at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 18th Street South. Master of ceremonies T. Mychael Rambo called the event the “Who’s Who of everybody,” including as it did local and national politicians, business leaders and community folk. Continue Reading →

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Black wisdom: for our collective prosperity in 2012

Critical thinking in the Black Independence Movement
 

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends,” a lesson from Mary McLeod Bethune. This year, we can work to broaden our own experiences and, when possible, to broaden the experiences of those around us. Our kids need to know that there is more to the world than Minneapolis and St. Paul. If our kids never see a play at the only Black theater in the Midwest, our very own Penumbra, how will our people help to shape and create the next August Wilson? Continue Reading →

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