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We owe our fellow workers a living wage

Several weeks ago I was granted the enormous privilege to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address as the guest of Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum. My invitation to this hallmark event was accorded to me through no distinction of my own, but rather as the result of the boundless energy, tireless dedication and tremendous work of the staff, volunteers and supporters of Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties. For 50 years, Community Action has provided critical and transformative services to low-income and historically underserved populations in the War on Poverty. As I listened to the president’s address, I found inspiration in the stories of ordinary Americans who are making extraordinary impacts in their communities. Two particular individuals that the president recognized in his speech were a pair of small business owners located right here in the Twin Cities, John Sorrano and John Puckett. Continue Reading →

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Will we soon visit the museum to see poverty?


By Marian Wright Edelman

Guest Commentator


“We can change the world…Let’s believe in it; let’s make it happen so that someday soon we will visit the museum to see poverty because we will never see poverty in society. It does not belong in a civilized society.”

These are the wonderful words my friend and visionary Dr. Muhammad Yunus said when he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal this spring. He joined a very small group of people who have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal — just three of a long list of his much deserved awards from countries and international organizations around the world. It’s little surprise that he’s been so widely honored. Many leaders and philosophers say we should end poverty, but through his visionary innovation, tireless hands-on work, and dogged unwillingness to accept it, Dr. Yunus has made ending the cycle of poverty a reality for millions of people around the world, especially millions of women and their children. Continue Reading →

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