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Young America is key to 2012 election

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Trice Edney News Wire When young Americans come alive, they transform the possible. We saw that in 2008 when young Americans — the millennial generation of 18- to 29-year-olds — voted in large numbers (larger than the aging baby boomers), and overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. They cast almost one out of every six votes in that election and voted for Obama by a 2-to-1 ratio. We s ...

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Young Detroit man finds passion in fashion

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “Working for someone else can be a great experience but it takes (even more) hard work and passion to work for yourself,” says Harry Richmond, a rising fashion guru in the metropolitan area. “We take more honor in what is ours.” Richmond, affectionately known as Harry Rich, unexpectedly became interested in fashion when he lost interest in what he ...

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Zimmerman set free after ‘manipulating the system’

Shooter had planned to flee country By George E. Curry Editor-in-Chief NNPA News Service WASHINGTON — Although the judge said he had been “manipulating the system to his own benefit,” George Zimmerman, the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was released on bond in Sanford, Fla. on Friday for a second time and driven to an undisclosed location. Zimmerman, whose bond was initially set at $150,000, was rele ...

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Group uses people power

Chalena Beasley, middle front, marches with co-workers to protest Michigan Court of Appeals refusing to grant immediate effect to its decision Public Act 4 signatures are compliant with state law. Beasley is a Detroit Public Schools teacher and three children who are DPS students. The court decision to grant immediate effect would nullify the law authorizing DPS Emergency Manager. MARCUS WRIGHT PHOTO By Mar ...

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The extraordinary is possible

By Frankie Darcell You have to believe that everything is possible, that any and all things you’ve ever dreamed of and wanted for your life is attainable and within reach; that a full life of love, happiness and professional fulfillment and development is in your hands and it’s up to only you to achieve it or lose the opportunity to have it. You have the ability to change your circumstances; commit to takin ...

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Lawmakers list issues that would mobilize Black voters

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire Now that the Affordable Health Care Act has been upheld by the U. S. Supreme Court — a major win for President Barack Obama — other key issues of importance to Black voters must also be espoused by the Obama campaign say members of the Congressional Black Caucus. In some national polls, President Obama is slightly ahead of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. In other ...

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Field reports from Detroit 2012: No. 1

By Re-Imagining Revolution Activists Tai Amri and I arrived in Detroit last evening and drove straight to the opening of Detroit 2012 after nearly 12 hours of travel. It was 93 degrees and humid as we packed into the Ecumenical Theological Seminary to hear the opening remarks. Near the front, dressed in a T-shirt that said {R}Evolution, was Grace Lee Boggs, in her wheelchair, sweating alongside the rest of ...

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Republicans the blame for high unemployment

By Julianne Malveaux Trice Edney News Wire The unemployment rate has hovered above 8 percent for several months, most recently holding ground at 8.2 percent, the same as last month. Meanwhile the African American unemployment rate went up, technically to 14.4 percent. We all know that means the real rate is even higher, in excess of 25 percent. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney interrupted his v ...

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Ballot petition signatures submitted in home health aide scheme

MIDLAND — Supporters of a ballot proposal that would enshrine the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) dues skim in the state constitution reportedly submitted enough signatures to the Michigan Department of State today to get the measure before voters in November. The SEIE, since November 2006, has skimmed more than $30 million in the form of “union dues” from Medicaid checks that are meant to help ...

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Respond to calls instead of computer-generated data

Rev. Charles William, Jr., Cecily McClellan, Chris Griffith CITIZENS SPEAKDetroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee announced several weeks ago the Detroit Police Department (DPD) is considering using predictive policing which employs advanced technological tools and data analysis to take proactive measures to “pre-empt” crime. Should the DPD use predictive policing?It’s simply another means of profiling. Instead o ...

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