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Violence against women

Domestic violence must be viewed as a men’s issue, not just a women’s issue, which requires changing the intervention strategies. We must deal with this issue from both sides by decreasing the number of male perpetrators and helping women stay out of abusive relationships. We know men who experience domestic violence as children are more likely to commit it as adults, so let’s break the cycle by providing c ...

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Detroit: Matters of the heart

During an interview with radio talk show host Mildred Gaddis, WCHB 1200 AM, at the 14th Annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit, Rev. Jesse Jackson called the EM Law and Kevyn Orr’s blatant disrespect for Democracy “Plantation Politics”. So we ask again, how and why did we get here? What helped to foster this red herring of distrust and blame for African American leadership. ...

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A pillar of faith

In a democracy, no matter what the country, when someone goes into the election booth to vote he or she leaves expecting that “one person, one vote” rules the day and the result of the election is the will of the people. This is not a hope or a wish, but rather an expectation, where one of the pillars to a democracy and a fundamental part of the American way of life is the ballot box. Generations of America ...

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A do-nothing congress, ‘essential’ services and the rest of us

While some members of Congress are foregoing pay as long as other government workers are shut out of their offices, Republican Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) says he won’t be giving his up. He told his hometown paper that he had to pay for his “nice house” and that he also had a “kid in college.” I guess he needs his pay more than the others who also have nice homes and college tuitions to pay for. ...

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How the Affordable Care Act works

“Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage for $100 or less.” — President Barack Obama We fought and won a battle three years ago to improve access to affordable healthcare for every American and finally it’s here. On Oct. 1, a key component of the Affordable Care Act took effect when the new Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, allowing millions of Americans to shop for a ...

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Detroit’s decline explained

To understand Detroit’s current economic downturn it is necessary to flip the pages of the city’s history back to the 1950s, according to a recent in-depth report by the Detroit Free Press. This exhaustive study gives empirical evidence to underscore the assumptions. As many have suggested, there’s no one person, incident or year to blame for the current crisis. It’s a confluence of factors, an accumulation ...

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Keep hope alive with a new War on Poverty

Only a couple of weeks ago, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, I was reminded of Rev. King’s last birthday in January 1968. He combined it with work — a staff meeting, planning for the multiracial Poor People’s March, where we made plans to occupy the National Mall. He spoke to us of the need to march t ...

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