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Inner cities need disaster relief too

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago on disaster recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which caused an estimated $39 billion in damage in New Jersey. Christie talked through the plans for rebuilding after the initial steps to get power and water back up and return the area to “normalcy,” using some $60 billion in federal reli ...

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The minimum wage for the least and left out

It seems the term “poverty” has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans, and 26 percent of African-Americans experience poverty. The Fair Labor Standards Act was signed on June 25, 1938, 75 years ago, so perhaps this is a good time to explore the roots of the minimum wage and why its establishment remains important. ...

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A housing ‘Black tax’

If home ownership is, overwhelmingly, the foundation of individuals’ and families’ economic security in America, Black Americans face a profoundly difficult predicament. For when it comes to that signal marker, the wrenching economic shocks of the past half-decade have wiped out at least 14 years of Black Americans’ climb up the homeownership ladder. ...

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Resurrection Detroit

One warm day in Detroit this past spring I thought I would sit in the park nearwhere I live and soak in some sun and the surrounding environment. The area was in an all Black community, or so I thought. I noticed a young, white couple walking hand-in-hand down the sidewalk toward Woodward Avenue with apparent freedom from assault. ...

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