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Harrison Neighborhood Assn. has new executive


The board of directors of the Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) has announced the hiring of a new executive director, Shauen V.T. Pearce. Most recently of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Shauen brings experience in civic engagement, community organizing, grassroots leadership development and nonprofit management and leadership to the position. “As a native of South Chicago,” says Shauen, “I learned firsthand the power of united neighbors from people who ensured that each family had something to eat, fought tirelessly for all, and who celebrated each other without hesitation. I believe that we are strongest together, like oak trees connected at the roots, sustaining each other in the midst of storms.

“For a tree to be healthy (a community in our case), there must be nourishment. Racial equity, safety, and economic justice — including livable wages, affordable housing and transportation, and healthy food — are essential elements for a thriving community of residents, business owners, and public officials. Continue Reading →

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Advocates of local Black business urge better-educated spending

Advocates of local Black business urge better-educated spending


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


According to a 2011 Nielsen consumers report, the U.S. Black population’s collective buying power is projected to be $1.1 trillion by 2015. Many community members, hearing that at least $4 billion is spent annually just by Black Minnesotans, are wondering aloud why economic inequalities in the Black community persist. The answer, some say, is in how and where Blacks are spending that money. The report also found that Black households make more shopping trips annually than any other group — they spend more on basic food ingredients and beverages, fragrance and personal health, and beauty products. Despite making more shopping trips overall, Blacks shop at grocery stores, super centers and warehouse stores less than other groups. Continue Reading →

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