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Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty still only partly won

Fifty years ago last week, Medgar Evers, the NAACP regional secretary in Mississippi, was murdered by a member of the White Citizens’ Council. Evers’ death received national attention, serving only to strengthen the movement for civil rights. Two years later, President Lyndon Johnson delivered a historic commencement address at Howard University, laying out progress made and challenges unmet. ...

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Understanding the need for full employment

The Social Security Trust Fund report has been released. One of its more telling charts was of the trend in Social Security revenue. Social Security revenue comes from a tax on the wages of earners, paid by both employees and employers. So, essentially it tracks the level of employment. Based on the simple trend of revenues from 1990 to 2007, just before the Great Recession started, 2012 revenue would have ...

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Juneteenth is worth celebrating

Did you know the official African American holidays are: Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Juneteenth? What do you and your family do to celebrate Juneteenth? Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, the Juneteenth holiday is an abbreviated form of “June Nineteenth.” It marks the day Blacks in Texas belatedly received word that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had freed the ...

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Turnaround, what?

Last week we saw the spirit and intent behind the Detroit City Charter. In 2009, the charter process was an important one to city residents. Sick of an unresponsive council, a mayor who wasn’t from the city and the Kilpatrick administration, Detroiters voted to revise the city’s charter. ...

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CORN-SPIRACY?! Save the planet and end world hunger in one easy step

White vinyl letters on the tall windows of the local Aco Hardware store read “Tools- Garden-Electrical-Food and Beverages.” Food and Beverages?! By food and beverages, they mean gum, candy bars and pop. At what point did we become so spoiled and bored that swallowing a Snickers bar is the only way to battle the momentary ennui of waiting in line to buy rat traps. ...

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