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Sizing up the U.S. Presidents, from Nixon to Obama

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA When I was 16 years old, I went to get a passport. Why? Richard Nixon had been elected president, and I was sure that he would impose such oppression that I might need to get out of the country. Never mind that I didn’t have two quarters to rub together and was under such parental supervision that I might not have made it to the corner without being hit upside the head. I used my o ...

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Romney’s Agenda: Class warfare

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Trice Edney News Wire Raise taxes on the rich? “Class warfare,” the Republicans rail. Any discussion of inequality, says Mitt Romney, should be held privately “in quiet rooms.” Yet, the Romney agenda for the country opens a new offensive in class warfare — only on the side of the few, not the many. America’s inequality has already reached extremes not seen since 1929 before the Grea ...

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Why Romney and Ryan want to eliminate labor unions

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Let’s be clear: The Republican ticket for the presidency — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — have their eyes set on eliminating labor unions from the U.S. scene. No, they will not pass a law eliminating unions; they don’t need to. The existing labor laws are so weak that they make it difficult for workers to join and form unions. Additionally, Romney and Ryan would make sure to appoint ...

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NAACP represents communities of color at RNC and DNC

By Ben Jealous Far too often in modern elections, sound bites trump substance and voters are left wondering what the candidates really stand for. This is even more acute for issues important to the African American and civil rights communities. That is why, as we have done every presidential cycle for decades, the NAACP is traveling to the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention — ...

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Black-owned newspaper fights city agency’s contract decision

By James Wright Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Washington Informer WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of community activists and leaders has staged a rally to protest the denial of a city contract to the largest District-based African American newspaper solely on the basis of it not being a “newspaper of general circulation.” Keith Silver, a Ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner and civil rights ...

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Obama’s race still has bearing on media coverage

By Nadra Kareem Nittle Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Maynard Institute Long before a little-known Illinois politician ran for president, the mainstream media focused on his race. When he flourished as a presidential candidate four years ago, everyone in America knew that Barack Obama was Black. Have his Blackness and extensive coverage of that fact boosted his political career or made it mor ...

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DAPCEP STEMM Real McCoy Awards

The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) awarded five Michiganders for their work in medicine and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at its inaugural awards fundraising Aug. 24. DAPCEP executive director Jason Lee said that as the state is advancing in STEM and medicine fields, it was appropriate for the organization to recognize current leaders who are advancing STEM a ...

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Health department confirms 8 cases of West Nile Virus

DETROIT — The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) is reporting eight confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. All cases are adults who have received medical treatment.West Nile Virus is an arborvirus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Most individuals infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms. A minority of patients develops symptoms that may include a fever, rash, headache, joi ...

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Labor Day tips from the U.S. Department of Labor

By Hilda L. Solis Under President Obama’s leadership, the U.S. economy has rebounded. We’ve seen 29 straight months of job growth with a total of 4.5 million jobs created. While this is good news, the unemployment rate among African Americans in Metro Detroit is still too high. The fact is, we’re still fighting back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The economy is growing but it’s n ...

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Muslim cleric on United States enemies list shot dead in car

(GIN) – Riots erupted in Kenya’s touristic port city of Mombasa over the contract-style killing of a popular Muslim cleric who had many followers among the youth. Aboud Rogo Mohammed was murdered Aug. 27 by suspects traveling in a car that had been trailing his. The gunmen’s car suddenly sped up and shots were fired at the driver’s side of the imam’s vehicle. Rogo Mohammed died instantly while his wife, fat ...

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