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What are the Obama campaign managers thinking?

By Walter Smith The response from the Obama campaign managers to NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell was, “The audience your newspapers reach is not the demographic of the campaign.” What a ridiculous posture to take in regards to the Black Press, the father of progress of Black Americans. The U.S. Black Press is 185 years old this year. It began in 1827 when John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish started Freedom’s Jou ...

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In balance with nature?

In balance with nature? Published • Sun, Aug 26, 2012 Segregation and sustainability in Detroit By Gregg Newsom This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Environmental Justice Principle No. 12 “affirms the need for urban and rural ecolo ...

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You are not here by accident

By Frankie Darcell God created you to be unique and to be who you are, to be different from any other person — that’s what makes you amazing and incredible. The problem is when you try to be somebody else that you don’t like that, quite frankly, does not change the opinions of people that don’t like you. Everything that you are experiencing in your life right now is an opportunity to learn and grow from tha ...

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Judge Gerald Emerson Tilles

Judge Gerald Emerson Tilles died on Aug. 9 at the Trinity West Medical Center in Rock Island, Ill., after a lengthy illness. Judge Tilles was a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit and held bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctor degrees from Wayne State University. He served as an administrative law judge and chief magistrate, specializing in workman’s compensation during the administrations of ...

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Why Todd Akin’s Senate race is so important

By Perry Bacon, Jr. The controversy involving the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin, is so critical not just because of his inflammatory remarks, but because control of the Senate could be determined by the winner of his race against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Democrats currently control 53 of the Senate’s 100 seats, with 51 Democrats and 2 independents who usually vote wi ...

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Blacks advising Romney against Obama

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire As the GOP prepares to meet in Tampa next week, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has been meeting with a team of politically diverse Black advisers as part of his growing campaign strategy against President Barack Obama, a campaign spokesperson confirmed. “There is a Black coalitions group that meets regularly with the Romney campaign,” says Tara Wall, ...

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MACK ALIVE

Pictured above is Detroit Pistons Center Greg K. Monroe with his mother, Norma. Monroe served as the grand marshal for Mack Alive’s 21st Annual Parade & Rally. The parade marched down Mack Avenue, from St. Jean Street to E. Grand Boulevard at Genesis Lutheran Church on Aug. 18.The rally, held on the church grounds, featured free food, concessions, entertainment and vendors. To the left, attendees are se ...

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City resources outsourced

Council questions transfer of DWDD’s, DWHP’s fiscal responsibilities By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Financial and administrative duties previously handled by the Detroit Department of Workforce Development (DDWD) and the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) will now be carried out by nonprofit entities — a move City Council alleges is a power grab, as well as a violation of the ...

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SHIELDS OF FLINT #1

Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields, a Flint native, was honored Aug. 15 by the state Legislature in both the House and Senate upon her return from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Shields, 17, won Aug. 9 the Olympics’ first-ever women’s boxing event when she defeated Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova. On her way to the gold, the middleweight boxer dominated Marina Volnova from Kazakhstan, Aug. 8, in ...

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EAA provides abstract curriculum

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — In less than two weeks the statewide school district known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) will open. Fifteen of Detroit’s most “chronically underperforming” schools and 11,000 students are scheduled to begin classes Sept. 4. In spite of an intensive public relations campaign extolling the high expectations of the EAA, there is a strong ...

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