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Children are collateral damage in the War on Women

In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, he appealed to our nation’s employers to raise wages from the current minimum of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. He has already signed an executive order that requires federal contractors to pay $10.10 an hour, an only appropriate move since so many workers on federal contracts are living in poverty. The plight of federal contract workers at the botto ...

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One thing I wish President Obama had said

I was pleased President Obama spent so much time on the matter of economic inequality and the need to raise the minimum wage in his State of the Union address. Better late than never. But there was something he did not address I wish he had taken up. Stated simply, if you want to overcome economic inequality and raise wages, you need labor unions. Yes, at one point the president did mention the term “labor ...

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Changing future Black history through our children

Carter G. Woodson, son of former slaves, pioneering Harvard-trained historian, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and inspirer of Black History Month, was very clear that celebrating our rich Black history of struggle and courage was not the same as getting stuck in the past, but if we are going to understand the present and protect the future, we must understand ...

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King’s 1963 dream still deferred

In 2003, nearly half a century after the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education had decreed “separate but equal” schools are inherently unequal, I was the only retired school superintendent in America who had ever returned to teach in an inner-city high school. The school was Detroit Public Schools’ Finney High (now East English Village under the state-created Educational Achievement Aut ...

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Judge Rhodes to Detroit: DON’T Pay the Banksters!

On Jan. 16, in the Detroit federal bankruptcy court, Judge Steven Rhodes issued a decision that promises a measure of justice in the face of Wall Street banks’ toxic threat that they are supposedly “too big to fail” (or jail). Judge Rhodes denied payments of over $169 million to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (BAML) and UBS. The motion to pay the banks was filed by Jones Day lawyers, supposedly representing ...

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Life can only be understood by looking backward, but it must be lived by looking forward

The juveniles in the Macomb Correctional Facility National Lifers of America Inc. Chapter 1012 would like to respond to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s comments published Jan. 5 in the Detroit Free Press Schuette said the Miller v. Alabama ruling applies only to teenagers sentenced after 2012, and has sought to block parole hearings for the 350 juvenile lifers already housed in Michigan’s prisons on ground ...

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Addressing disparities

Few can forget the public outcry against former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for the stop-and-frisk law that made suspected criminals out of hundreds of otherwise law abiding citizens. It can be posited their cavalier use of this law to intimidate many in our community led to the election of the more progressive thinking Bill DeBlasio. ...

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Hypocrisy and the real meaning of the dream

Mid-January is the time when Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is commemorated. Cities, towns, and colleges across the country lift their voices and raise up the language of Dr. King’s dream that people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. They cherry-pick the King dream, forgetting he also spoke to the “check marked insufficient funds” and the fact African American ...

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Holding Charter School Boards Accountable

Cesar Chavez Academy’s appointed board cancelled their October, November and December board meetings due to a lack of quorum. These postponed meetings raise questions about accountability. When the board finally met Jan. 16, the Board Vice President Lawrence Garcia addressed concerns over the cancelled meetings explaining the meetings “did not take place but that’s really not all that unusual and certainly ...

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