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Brotherhood Spotlight: U of M Medical Students To Take Part In Nationwide ‘Die-In’

Sourced: CBS Minnesota Brother Simon Ndely (Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter) speaks out on behalf of the U of M Medical Students. MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Students from the University of Minnesota Medical School’s chapters of Physicians for Human Rights and Student National Medical Association participated in a “die-in” on Wednesday afternoon. The “die-in” is part of nationwide protests against the lack of indictments for police killings in Ferguson, Mo. and New York. Students from more than 70 medical schools across the country, including New York, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and the Twin Cities, are planning to participate. Read... read more

Brotherhood Spotlight: A Statement From Bro. Ron Harris On Black America & Michael Brown

My statement — long, but worth the read. First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Michael Brown. No parent should ever have to live in fear that their child could get shot, and no parent should ever have to face such a fear becoming a reality. I will admit, I am still struggling to find the words that would explain the situation, how I feel about it, and how to move forward. Last night, I felt hopeless and helpless, like we were damned to live in such a world that allows the murder of an unarmed teenager to not even make it to trial. I had similar feelings when brother Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted, and the countless other black men’s lives taken by those sworn to “protect and serve.” Black Americans in this country have faced incredible hardships over the years. From being stripped of our homeland and thrown into slavery. Beaten and bruised, raped and castrated, humiliated and overworked. Then, after two centuries of this, we were “freed”, but still faced remarkable discrimination in the form of Jim Crow. We weren’t allowed to vote, or get an education, or run for office, or own land/property. But, through organized action and unimaginable resilience, we were able to overcome these hardships. We fought for the right to vote. We fought for integration. We fought for equality. We fought. Today is no different. We continue to endure racism in its most deadly form — the covert, institutionalized version — that rears its ugly face in the criminal justice system, in education, in access to... read more

Brotherhood Spotlight: A Message From Bro. Ron Harris On The Midterm Elections

50 years ago today, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. The signing of this historic legislation reminds me of the considerable amount of power We the People have when we decide to use it. Just think, if the 99% participated by voting and agitating the political system, it wouldn’t matter what the 1% wanted. The advantage that we have today that the freedom fighters did not have in the 60s is our hyperconnectedness. We can communicate our ideas, values, dreams, goals, and frustrations almost instantaneously. We have the ability make our thoughts and feelings go viral. People from all parts of the country and the world can hear about a movement happening thousands of miles away. We should use that to our advantage. I completely understand why people get disengaged with the political system. We don’t see the change as fast as we like, our leaders haven’t earned our trust, our conditions haven’t improved in the way that they should have. But that’s all the more reason why we should continue to keep working for change, to keep bending the arc. There are people banking on the fact that the more we grow frustrated, the more we become apathetic, and apathy tends to maintain the status quo. Take a page out of the book written by those brave men and women who throughout the course of our history have continued organizing and advocating for the change they wanted, even in the midst of incredible opposition, oppression, and often times, sacrificing their own lives. They laid down the foundation for all of us to build upon,... read more
Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter Launches New Website

Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter Launches New Website

We are excited to launch our first chapter website. With a new web structure as Minnesota Sigmas, this page serves as our home for all things related to our chapter. The site will be utilized as a database, informational resource, and place for brothers and our supporters to engage and get connected. Over the next couple of months, expect to see new additions to various sections of the site as we aim to improve our work and adapt as times change. Features you should notice when visiting include: Calendar & Events:  A calendar that will be updated 24/7 for the convenience of the brothers and those looking to get in touch with us (including our meetings and events). Mobile-Friendly: Our new site is responsive, meaning it will adjust for any screen size. It serves as a nice fit for your personal devices such as your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. News – We’ll be sharing an amalgamation of Greek news and information on our new platform called “The Town Hall.” For specific Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter news see our “Press” section.  Check in often and share our posts! This has been a great and wonderful year for us as members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Please be on the lookout for more updates to our programs and initiatives. Also, keep an eye on our efforts with the Sigma Charitable Foundation as more updates are to come within the next... read more
Brotherhood Spotlight: Farewell Brother Isaac Ricard

Brotherhood Spotlight: Farewell Brother Isaac Ricard

Brother Isaac Ricard graduated in the spring of 2014 from the University of St. Thomas with an M.B.A in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Within the past few years before relocating to Texas with his wife Monica Ricard (also alumnae of St. Thomas University with an M.B.A), he has been one of the key members in the reactivation of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in Minnesota. Before Brother Ricard left the state, he left some literature and final thoughts for the members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. An Open Letter to Minnesota Blue & White With the completion of the 2014 Spring Intake Season, it identified the end of one long and highly involved journey, and the transition into a new chapter. In January of 2009, I received Newcomer of the Year from the Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter for the programming and membership intake work I had completed. I gave a speech recognizing those who had supported me and highlighting that to be the beginning of something special. “For if the sky is falling, who else but us should bare the responsibility of picking up the pieces and rebuild.” Now five (5) years, two and a half (2.5) chapters, four (4) awards, seven (7) intake classes chaired, four (4) intake classes advised, six (6) scholarships presented (to my young men), and a plethora of community service hours later, it is with a heavy heart that I can say its time for me to ramp down a little and prepare for the next phase. Life in Dallas. To the Neos: Does this mean that I’ve done... read more