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UNCF director prepares for next level of student engagement, fundraising

The financial assistance is where UNCF comes in. Established in 1944, the organization provides 10,000 students with scholarships worth more than $100 million each year. It also provides financial support to 37 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and advocates for equitable education for students of color, according to its website.

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First-time candidate brings working-class realities into her politics

My run for office is really an extension of work that I’ve been doing within our community for well over a decade, and some of the issues I have been working on that I think have a real impact on the African American community are things like maternal birth outcomes within the African American community.

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Entrepreneur works to curb Minnesota’s POC retention problem

Not everyone will get a job at the career fair, but that is not the end of access to opportunities. “Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, you can go on POCCareers.com and see which companies are trying to market to you. So, you want to keep your profile active, you want to stay engaged.”

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Elections 101: Hennepin County Races

Much of the intrigue came from the DFL endorsing convention, where Angela Conley nearly secured the party endorsement over longtime incumbent Peter McLaughlin. While neither candidate ultimately received the necessary 60 percent votes for endorsement, Conley was the frontrunner with 57 percent of delegate votes.

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2018 Elections outlook: record-breaking primaries and what’s next

The overall voter turnout was about 22.7 percent, the highest percentage since 1994, according to Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State. More than 100,000 people either voted early or submitted absentee ballots, helping make the 902,119 statewide votes the most in a primary since 1982. Minneapolis also broke its 48-year-long record with 93,500 votes.

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2018 Election Snapshot: Hennepin County Commissioner District 2 Candidates

The Hennepin County board is comprised of seven district commissioners, the county attorney, and the county sheriff. All are White, despite the board’s vision to “be a diverse, learning organization.” But the District 2 race, with four candidates of color running, seems to be on track to retroactively add some truth to the vision of the board.

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The ‘bad guys’ invest in trusted community groups

A Minneapolis city government program is shedding light on how to help communities deal with government-related trauma. Since 2016, Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) Minneapolis has partnered with area organizations to assist high-risk youth and families who have been affected by such issues as police-involved shootings of unarmed Black men.

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Protesters decry lack of prosecution in Blevins shooting (photos)

On August 3, the Justice for June Committee held a news conference at the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, citing the officers’ complaint history and their aggressive behavior on the call as reasons why they should be terminated. The committee pointed to the Blevins shooting as part of a bigger cultural problem within the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). They are calling on a third-party investigation.

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Make “politics work” for the people

“My goal is to continue to be a part of leadership so that my voice – and the voice of my community – is part of the decision-making process in order to bring more equitable support to district 65A,” said Moran. “What keeps me up is working hard to make sure people know how politics impacts their lives. We have to use the power we have in our vote and our voice.”

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City releases bodycam footage of Blevins shooting

The video, released Sunday night, starts with the officers approaching Blevins, who is seen sitting on a curb with a woman and child. “He’s got a bottle of gin,” one officer can be heard saying. Then an officer says, “He’s got a gun!” and the officers get out of the car and order Blevins to put his hands up.

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With Noonie’s, former gangster launches food empire

While oxtail and Jamaican jerk chicken are staples of the restaurant, which opened its doors this past March, its offerings include everything from candied yams to beans and rice. The owner, Harold “Noonie G” Ward, describes the menu as a mix of “Caribbean, Jamaican, Jerk Style and a little American” food fare.

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