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Police violence against Blacks incites unrest nationwide

It has happened here. Could it happen again?  Police won’t say. News Analysis
By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer


Last year, long before most people had heard of Ferguson, Missouri, the United States Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, in essence declaring that racism in the United States had ended. Fast-forward more than a year and Ferguson resembles nothing more than a warzone after the protests over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. Continue Reading →

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New Hennepin County service center opens on North Side

On August 7, Hennepin County celebrated the grand opening of its third regional human service center, this one in North Minneapolis. Officials representing the County, the City, the region and the State gathered at the North Minneapolis facility, at Plymouth and Emerson Avenues North, for a celebration and ribbon cutting. Among the dignitaries was U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents the North Side in Congress. “Government, at the end of the day, is how we organize ourselves to live together,” he said. The new facility, more accessible to people who need it, “is evidence and proof that we are a loving community that cares for one another.”

Hennepin County human services staff members have been working at the site since late June, acclimating to a new address and a new way of business that allows clients to complete a broader needs assessment, apply for assistance  and get referrals to other services, including those of local community agencies and faith groups. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ellison statement on bill to end the shutdown


WASHINGTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today (October 16) after voting in favor of a Senate-led plan to reopen the government and avoid default:

Common sense prevailed today as we voted to reopen the government and ensure that America pays its bills on time, but Minnesotans are tired of hearing about the latest manufactured crisis in Washington. People who are still unemployed need work; our communities need common-sense gun safety reforms; and we need an immigration system that doesn’t tear families apart. The plan passed today funds the government, lifts the debt ceiling and creates a conference committee between the House and the Senate to set our spending priorities for 2014. This crisis hurt Minnesotans and our economy. Hundreds of people were furloughed and thousands more didn’t know if they were going to be paid for the month of October. Continue Reading →

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Judge orders mediation over McGee home foreclosure



Rep. Ellison joins rally to halt eviction
By Becky Dernbach

Contributing Writer



Last week more than 50 community members rallied in support of Rose McGee as she faced off against Fannie Mae in settlement court alleging wrongful foreclosure. When Fannie Mae still refused to offer what she considered a fair deal, the judge ordered the parties to return for further court mediation May 14. “The outcome of the court process today was very disappointing,” said Rose McGee. “The offer that Fannie has made is unreasonable. If they made a reasonable offer, I would gladly accept it. Continue Reading →

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