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Blame and the fear of our children

I received an email from one of my column’s readers, and felt strongly enough about his concerns to address them in this column. His thoughts follow: “In my hometown, senseless murders are being committed by youth, and these senseless murders are occurring all across the country. Where are our youth learning the behaviors to be violent, heartless, thoughtless, and murderous? That’s the question we must imme ...

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Bipartisan jobs bill tackles urban and youth unemployment

Just when it seemed Congress was no longer capable of working together on any level to serve the best interests of the American people, on July 9 members of both parties in the House of Representatives joined forces to pass a new bipartisan jobs bill, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. With the passage of WIOA, millions of unemployed and under-employed workers and urban youth of color can now rec ...

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Charity: Christian value expressed by the Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution as a purpose of our government

So, once again, the Reaganites and the Tea Party Republicans, who have made cutting welfare to the poor one of their major aims, are not only anti-American, but un-Christian, denying the Christian value of charity is in the U.S. Constitution. They claim that the U.S. is a Christian nation, but the one Christian principle on which the Founding Fathers did found the nation, the Tea Party Republicans violate a ...

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‘Apartheid Avenue’ two blocks from the White House

Diplomats who abuse their immunity from prosecution to keep their “imported” domestic workers as virtual slaves are a repeated scandal. What has not gained as much media coverage and public exposure is the flagrant abuse of sovereign immunity by international organizations. For decades, the World Bank, the third-largest employer in our nation’s capital, has sustained racially discriminatory practices. And w ...

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Bipartisan progress made to address ‘rape kit’ backlog, protect future victims

Much attention has been given to the Legislature’s failure to pass a road funding plan before adjourning for the summer, but without much fanfare, very important bipartisan progress has been made to address one of the most tragic public policy issues facing our state and nation. On June 3, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed my bill, Senate Bill 901, and House Bill 5445, introduced by Rep. John Walsh, R-L ...

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Investment for Detroit misses Black business

Low barriers to entry including inexpensive real estate, major-league infrastructure, national attention, respect and investment along with the potential for an urban lifestyle that anyone under the age of 35 seems to value — Detroit is poised for a rebirth. Chase bank is investing $100 million in Detroit. The foundation community with its New Economy Initiative, after investing $100 million, is entering a ...

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Summer enrichment means lifetime survival

It’s mid-July. Do you know if your children are learning? Just a month ago, they were eager to leave the regimentation of the daily classroom to “enjoy the summer.” A month from now, many will prepare to return to school. Will they return ready to hit the ground running in the fall? Or will they struggle to catch up because their summer activities were not stimulating enough to prevent learning losses? ...

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The State of Black Euphoria

How amazing it is that Black people in this nation, collectively, are the worst off yet the most comical, entertaining, ostentatious and self-defeating of all other groups. It is striking how, in spite of all the negative aspects of our lives, we spend a great deal of our time living vicariously through the lives of superstars and mega-heroes. They say, “ignorance is bliss,” so maybe we should use that phra ...

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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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Why I chose to block water shutoff trucks

Water was created by none of us — just like air and earth and fire. Indeed, like the universe. It flows and freezes and breathes into the atmosphere as mist, without permission or legal backing. It is no one’s “machine.” It was not made to be enslaved in a market price or bottled into a “good” yielding “ownership” and power. Water is a commons — commonly shared as abundant and precious “gift” given by the c ...

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