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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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Deconstructing contradictions and constructing the truth

By Elena Herrada I recently attended an event that featured a brief film about the progress Detroit is making on its “comeback.” The narrative was clearly the voice of philanthropic interests and corporations (and their finger puppets, nonprofits). Among the developments presented, one I find troublesome and perplexing is the initiative to bring “legal” educated immigrants to boost the economy and be “creat ...

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Detroit’s food landscape: Building change for generations to come

By Myra D. Lee How is the current food system in Detroit defined? Is it progressive, evolving or innovative? Does the Detroit food landscape show humility to both laborer and consumer? Where do shoppers spend their dollar for groceries and why? Do they use their power of influence as a consumer? If so, when? Do they know their local farmer? Does Detroit’s food system exemplify resident ownership and support ...

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Who runs this Mother … Earth, that is?

This is the second in a series of columns on the 14th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice opposes the destructive operations of multi-national corporations. A multi-national corporation is a corporation enterprise that manages production or delivers services in more than one country. A few of the many U.S. multi-national corporations are Coca-Cola, Exxon, Dell, Nike, Wal-Mart, Yahoo and X ...

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The how and why of Bunyan Bryant

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to the Michigan Citizen As I write this, it is Tuesday, Oct. 2 and I am looking forward to next weekend’s Retirement/Celebration party for University of Michigan professor Bunyan Bryant at the Ann Arbor Sheraton and thinking about the how and why of this gifted visionary organizer. I received from him recently a letter that offers clues to these questions. Like Einstein, Bunyan re ...

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Poor Man’s Art Collective welcomes you to the ‘Colored Section’

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Local artists and poets will dedicate their Oct. 26 performance to the fine arts with the purpose of inspiring other artist of the possibilities of business success. “Welcome to the Colored Section” is an innovative and eclectic art show featuring the works of 11 of the Detroit area’s best emerging arts and poets sponsored. The show is pro ...

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My strength during fear and uneasiness

By Frankie Darcell The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me want to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in th ...

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Be prepared for a lengthy ballot

This November, voters should anticipate more than 18 ballot proposals. This will undoubtedly make for a challenging time at the polls as unprepared voters attempt to navigate. Most voters are currently being inundated with conflicting information and a barrage of negative advertising. It will be important this election cycle to be prepared for three pages of initiatives that require careful reading. This we ...

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