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Fifty years of war on poverty

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties marks a half-century of active service
 
From August 6 through August 8, Minnesota Community Action Partnership held its annual conference in Duluth, celebrating 50 years of the Community Action movement in Minnesota and the nation. Each year the conference brings together the 26 Community Action agencies that collectively serve all 87 counties in the State of Minnesota. This year’s conference featured Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota Commissioner of Human Rights Kevin Lindsey as keynote speakers. During the conference, I thought frequently about the history of the Community Action Movement and, in particular, the history of Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties, the agency that I have had the tremendous honor and privilege to help steward since August of 2008. I would like to share some of that history in this column. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota joins national observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Mark Dayton has declared Sept. 22 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Minnesota, making Minnesota among 47 states joining the national Falls Free Initiative to raise awareness of falls on the first day of fall, and ways to prevent falls in the older adult population. This year’s theme,  “Preventing Falls — One Step at a Time,” calls on professionals, older adults, caregivers and family members to help prevent falls, which are the leading cause of injuries requiring hospitalization or treatment and injury-related deaths in Minnesota. The vast majority of these injuries occur among older adults. Older Minnesotans experienced more than 32,000 falls in 2010, causing 690 fatalities and estimated medical costs of more than $275 million, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Persecutor of Malcolm X’s daughter to be next Minnesota supreme court justice — What’s wrong with this picture?

 

 

Governor Dayton has decided to appoint David Lillehaug to a seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court. I wish he wouldn’t. David Lillehaug is not entitled to be addressed as ”Your Honor” or ”The Honorable Justice” because his public record is stained with an ineradicable dishonor. I’m referring to his decisions and actions as U.S. Attorney in Minnesota, especially his role in the 1995 frame-up and legal persecution of Ms. Qubilah Shabazz, daughter of the late El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, who was known in history as Malcolm X.

Mr. Lillehaug brought a bogus indictment against Ms. Shabazz, charging her with ”conspiracy” to murder prominent Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. When the alleged case against Ms. Shabazz was exposed by journalists and by her lawyer William Kunstler as an example of the worst kind of FBI abuse and corruption, Lillehaug refused to dismiss the case and pressured Shabazz to plead guilty to a token minor charge. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota legislators work to finalize State health exchange — Democratic majority doesn’t make exchange a ‘slam dunk’

 

 

By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that beginning in 2014, each state either must have a health exchange available that allows qualified individuals to buy coverage, or join with other states to create regional exchanges. Or can let the federal government do it. It is intended not only to offer affordable health insurance to consumers, but also to increase competition among private insurers, giving their prospective consumers the ability to choose from at least four different levels of policies. Minnesota’s new health insurance exchange is now a couple of steps from becoming reality after the Minnesota House last week voted 72 to 58 on a health insurance exchange bill. Minnesota is among 17 states plus the District of Columbia that are setting state-based exchanges. Continue Reading →

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Racial Equity Report Card and legislative agenda announced

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP) called January 30 for a statewide racial equity agenda. It was introduced along with the organization’s seventh annual Racial Equity Report Card during a rally at the State Capitol. “This agenda is not controversial but rather a multiracial and multi-issue group of community leaders working for racial, cultural and economic justice,“ said Phyllis Hill of ISAIAH, one of the 50-plus organizations that support the OAP’s plan. “I think we can turn our state around,” she believes, if more attention is given to such important issues as health care, education, economic opportunities, housing and justice issues as they affect Blacks and other people of color. Such an agenda is important now more than ever, noted Minneapolis School Board Member Kim Ellison. Continue Reading →

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Status quo fixes won’t stop the frightening violence

 

It is the elephant in the room that people don’t want to talk about: the ongoing street violence affecting so many African Americans in this country due to the dysfunctional institutions, leadership and policies that allow caste-like barriers — bad schools, few jobs, drugs, crime — to remain in place and foster violence. It is alarming. It is frightening. But so long as these dysfunctional institutions, leadership and policies hide behind the lie that they can’t be fixed, they won’t be, even though the fixes are readily in sight: education, jobs, housing. The mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak, recently announced that Chuck Wexler and the Police Executive Research Forum would be brought back to Minneapolis to advise on developing strategies to deal with Minneapolis’ violence, as if the extent of the violence is the issue. Continue Reading →

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