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GOP’s impeachment gambit

Those who’ve found it difficult to connect with the racial history of post-Civil War America — when Black Americans were stripped of the citizenship rights they gained right after that conflict — should pay special attention to the national political arena now. Because the conservative movement, in its desperate mania to destroy Barack Obama’s presidency and neutralize the growing political clout of America ...

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Jill Biden meets with Congo’s sexual violence survivors

In a three-nation tour of the continent, Jill Biden, the wife of the U.S. vice president, met this week with survivors of sexual violence in the eastern Congo. It was her third tour to Africa since her husband Joe Biden became vice president in 2009. A teacher of English at a Virginia community college, the “Second Lady” also works to support military families, to highlight the work of community colleges, a ...

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Black Press: The Voice of Black America

The June unemployment rate was down to 6.1 percent. Yet, for the vast majority of more than 45 million Black Americans, the persistent unemployment rate in our communities is still way too high. It was 10.7 percent in June, down from 11.5 percent in May 2014. This is the lowest Black unemployment rate since September 2008. For Black women, the unemployment rate fell in June to a single digit at 9 percent. I ...

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HP makes reading part of youths’ summer fun

On July 19, storytellers, poets, literacy activists, non-profits and businesses will come together to make reading fun for kids for whom access to books and literary programs is getting more and more scarce. “Kid Zone,” sponsored by Legacy of Literacy, Inc. and the Highland Park Business Association, will transform the grounds of the shuttered Highland Park McGregor Library (12244 Woodward Ave.) into a summ ...

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Summer program aims to make diplomats of Detroit teens

Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights will host the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2014, July 21-24, on the main Detroit campus. During the event, high school students will examine conflict resolution, diversity, civil rights, negotiation, bullying, environmental science, social justice, international affairs and how to individually fost ...

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The true cost of the water shut offs

Most Detroit Water and Sewerage officials are saying the water shutoffs are necessary for restructuring the city department. Yet, their unimaginative, poorly planned, brutal attack on residents — mostly low income — by executing mass water shutoffs with little to no notice to residents reveal a wholly unprepared DWSD back office and the ineptness of the department’s leadership. This effort at restructuring ...

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Distorted reality

One year ago Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy. It has been a brutal year for the people of Detroit. Step by step we have seen long cherished rights and values trampled on in the name of financial necessity. Public lands have been given away. Generous tax breaks have been handed to developers, while elders have seen their pensions taxed and slashed. People have been threatened. Many have lost ...

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Groups announce plan to boost spending among Blacks

The U.S. Black Chambers and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers are formally partnering to make sure a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remain in Black hands. The partnership was launched last week at the start of USBC’s professional development conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in the District of Colu ...

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Detroit Raw

Who gave the media an all-access pass into the lives of human beings 24/7? This presumption of media access has led to more undeserved trauma for an 88-year-old Detroit man who, after suffering through a beating and robbery, was taken into custody days later for allegedly firing a shot at a TV news crew. Initially this elderly Black man in Detroit was beaten and robbed after being set up by a woman. So ente ...

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‘Water isn’t free’

Despite errors, contradictions, DWSD continues water shutoffs While the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has pursued an increasingly aggressive payment collection/water shutoff campaign over the past few months, media reports have alleged Detroit residents weren’t the only ones behind on their bills. Billionaire stadium owner Mike Ilitch’s company Olympia Development was reportedly also delinquent. Las ...

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