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Water workers back to work — on probation

Detroit wastewater workers returned to work Oct. 5 after a five-day strike. The 36 workers initiating the strike, which included top union officials John Riehl and Michael Mullholland, were suspended and threatened with termination only days after they walked off their jobs Sept. 30 in protest of a proposed 80 percent cut to their workforce. ...

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Barack Obama, new (WHITE) leadership and the racial POLI-tricks OF a poll

Detroit, Mich. has always been a key political and cultural center in America. It has been the Fertile Crescent for the automotive industry, the Motown sound and Black self–empowerment movements. Detroit put the world on wheels and provided the sound track for the ride. Elijah Muhammad started his movement in Detroit. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his most remembered speech and led his largest march her ...

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Amid same-sex marriage debate, Jackson, Sharpton implore Blacks to keep ‘eyes on the prize’

With the Black jobless rate astronomically high, schools crumbling in Black neighborhoods, low test scores and dropout rates plaguing Black children and home foreclosures, incarceration, death and disease soaring in Black communities, why is it that some Black people are saying they will not go to the voting polls because President Barack Obama agrees with same-sex marriage? ...

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The Black Press endorses President Obama

By Cloves C. Campbell, Jr. A few years ago, NNPA was holding its annual board meetings in March in Washington, D.C., when then Sen. Barack Obama walked in the room to welcome the publishers to Washington. He indicated he wanted to share some news with us. The news was that he was planning on seeking the office of the president of the United States of America. There were some young and many older publishers ...

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The silence is deafening

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Trice Edney News Wire Last week, The New York Times reported a horrifying measure of America’s shame. Life expectancy for white women without a high school degree had decreased by five years since 1990, according to a study in Health Affairs. Five years. The least-educated white men lost three years in life expectancy. And the life expectancy for American women is now dead last ...

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Conservative whiners and their inferiority complex

By A. Peter Bailey Trice Edney News Wire One of the favorite sports of conservative propagandists on television, radio and in the op-ed pages of newspapers is to hurl accusations of “whining” at anyone who insists that race is a major force in the economic, political and cultural life of this country. They are often joined in this sport by their Black brothers and sisters from another mother. At least once ...

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Polls don’t decide elections

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA In late September, the “nonpartisan” Web site Real Clear Politics reported that President Obama led Republican nominee Mitt Romney in several battleground states. According to the polls, President Obama led by 5.2 percent in Ohio, 4.5 percent in Virginia, 4.2 percent in Nevada, 4 percent in Iowa and 3 percent in Florida. Do we believe the polls? I’m not so sure. But I surely don’t ...

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