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After Mandela: World fight against white supremacy continues

Former South African President Mandela has passed. The world has lost another point on its compass of morality. The dominant narrative is of a docile and passive man. A man, who according to President Obama’s remarks, “we draw strength from the example of renewal and reconciliation and resilience that you (Mandela) made real.” What is missing from this narrative is the reality of the warrior, the revolution ...

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Bringing broadband to Detroit

By D. Alexander Bullock In Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech he told the world "100 years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” It has been more than five decades since that dramatic speech and we still see evidence that for many minorities, there is an island of poverty among an ocean of prosperity and wealth. Detroit is a ci ...

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Immigration reform now!

Lost in all the brouhaha over the Affordable Care Act rollout was Speaker John Boehner’s nail-in-the-coffin comment on immigration reform in recent weeks. We know the White House is insisting immigration reform should still be a priority, but it looks as if it will not happen in 2013. For the reality is, if two teens who have lost their dad to deportation cannot sway the hard mind of Boehner, I don’t know w ...

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Wages, not welfare

For the past year, an organization called OUR Walmart, has protested, raised questions and asked their employer — one of the nation’s largest employers — to treat them fairly. They have asked for better wages, more full-time (as opposed to part-time) hours, and for the opportunity to earn benefits. Walmart has responded with well-timed publicity moves. They will allow same-sex couples health insurance and o ...

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War on Black women

My good friend Dick Gregory says when America suffers an “economic cold,” Black folks suffer economic pneumonia. So it is in every major facet of life here in our country. We’ve heard a great deal about the War on Women. This conflict features government intrusion in the affairs of women and their doctors, such as legislated invasive medical procedures, pay-inequality and other inequalities that tilt the sc ...

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DETROIT STATE OF EMERGENCY

Detroit has been plunged into a state of emergency. We exist under a siege of financial dispossession, massive unemployment, elimination of basic welfare supports, and suspension of democratic rights — all fostered by the bankers, the multinational corporations, the far right and the U.S. ruling class. We say to social justice advocates and others worldwide Detroit’s state of emergency calls for vigorous re ...

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Solutions, not excuses needed to rectify failed Wayne County Jail project

Let’s take review the history of the Wayne County Jail. In 2005, the Wayne County executive created the Wayne County Regional Justice Complex Commission to study the feasibility of consolidating all local law enforcement and court activities into a single criminal justice campus. In October of 2005, the Commission on the Wayne County Regional Justice Complex issued its final report which identified signific ...

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