Brandi Phillips

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MN Human Rights Commission updates community on new legislation

C.h.a.t. series used to inform  attendees of State’s efforts toward equity

By Brandi Phillips

Contributing Writer 

On September 10, at the second C.h.a.t. in a series (Community Health Talk Series) Kevin Lindsey, the Commissioner of MN Department of Human Rights, highlighted the state’s efforts to achieve equity and inclusion in the areas of workforce development, health care, state governing practices and procurement practices. In his presentation, he also discussed how to file a discrimination complaint, the hiring of state contractors, the more recent implementation of “Ban the Box” legislation and the Women’s Economic Security Act.  

Discrimination complaints

In his PowerPoint presentation, Commissioner Lindsey informed participants on many of their human rights and encouraged them to share their knowledge with the circles of influence. One of the topics he discussed was how individuals

can file a discrimination complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR). Two important concepts regarding filing a complaint were:

• An attorney is unnecessary as the department will help draft the complaint. Continue Reading →

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Twin Cities fashions highlighted at Sister Spokesman

Local businesses offered lineup featuring casual to retro styles
 
Exquisite, impressive, elegant, enlightening and inspiring: These are just a few words to describe the Sister Spokesman Third Annual Fashion Show at the Minnesota Music Cafe on September 6. This year’s emcee was Julie Gartrell of

Fierce Hair & Make Up Lounge. #TEAMFIERCE did the hair and makeup for the show. The show also featured Sandra Young and her business Affordable Elegance Boutique. She offers very affordable high-end items. Her models wore a mix of formal, informal and casual items. Dresses, jeans, boots and jackets headed up this lineup of fashion show options. Continue Reading →

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Sister Spokesman hosts their Third Annual Fashion show

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Sister Spokesman hosted its “Third Annual Fashion Show,” on Sat., September 6, at the Minnesota Music Cafe. Below is a profile of three of the boutiques that will be at the event. Affordable Elegance

Sandra Young owns formally Affordable Elegance Consignment Boutique. Young is a former employee of Star Tribune and contributing writer for the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. In 2006, she left her day job at the Tribune to start her consignment business. Continue Reading →

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Sister Spokesman gives women skills to spice up their relationships

The need to spice up our relationships is something that most of us will experience if we have been in any form of a relationship for any substantial amount of time. To help in this effort of spicing things up, Sister Spokesman is hosting an event on July 12, 2014 at Arnellia’s on University Avenue in St. Paul. Continue Reading →

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Workshops help MPS students’ parents learn their rights

Knowing these rights, they can better advocate for their children’s interests
 
 

By Brandi Phillips

Contributing Writer

 

The is the first year Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) have hosted parent advocacy workshops in conjunction with the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP). As described by Damon Gunn, program coordinator for the Office of Student, Family and Community Engagement for the MPS, “[We] partnered with the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program out of Washington, D.C. that has been doing parent advocacy workshops for the last few years. “PREP has been working with other school districts for the last couple of years. New York City Schools and San Diego public schools are also partners.”

PREP is an initiative of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law. In their literature, PREP claims to “support student success by empowering parents to become stronger advocates for their children through learning about their educational rights and building skills to take effective action for children.”

PREP is a series of workshops, hosted in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali, that help parents navigate through the MPS system. Continue Reading →

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Black nurses celebrate their contributions to health care

By Brandi Phillips

Contributing Writer

 

MN Black Nurses Association is an organization that is dedicated to providing support, advocacy and programs to further advance the nursing profession and eliminate health disparities through the delivery of culturally competent, quality health care in our communities. Under the direction of Association President Shirlynn LaChappelle, RN., SNP, and Association Treasurer Hazel Tanner, BSN, RN, MPH, the organization’s primary mission is to reduce health disparities among African Americans. They also work from a collectivist perspective in order to investigate, define and determine what the needs are of African Americans across the healthcare spectrum. Overall, the MN Black Nurses Association wants to empower the African American community and improve their health. In an effort to continue the organization’s mission, the Association held its 2nd Annual Gala “Circle of Care — One Person at a Time” at the Boulevard Hotel in Brooklyn Center on Saturday, May 3. Continue Reading →

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Fight for ‘health equities’ went to state capitol

By Brandi Phillips

Contributing Writer

 

Until recently, health equities has not been a subject in Minnesota that has received a lot of publicized attention. It represents the goal of groups working to address the health inequities that are well documented between communities of color and Whites in Minnesota. The Ad Hoc Roundtable is a group made up of subgroups that are interested in fighting against health inequities. Some of the participants in the Roundtable include members of the Council on Black Minnesotans, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council, the St. Paul Chapter of the NAACP, MICAH, HIRE, Isuroon, the Organizing Apprenticeship Project, and the Minnesota Tenants Union. Continue Reading →

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Cookie Cart creates pathway for future entrepreneurs

Renovation will make business more environmentally friendly

By Brandi Phillips

Contributing Writer

 

 

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the world, the economy, the people and the way of living was vastly different from the way that things are now. Some people and organizations have decided to make the change with the times and improve their relationship to the land. People and organizations are continuously becoming greener and more environmentally friendly. Native North Minneapolis business Cookie Cart is going in on the “Green” movement. When I sat down to interview the Executive Director of Cookie Cart, Matt Halley, about the organization’s history, present, and future. Continue Reading →

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