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Obama should lead fight to revive Voting Rights Act

President Barack Obama should lead a forceful drive to revive the Voting Rights Act, which was effectively disemboweled recently by the Supreme Court’s decision. All celebrate the 1965 Act as the most consequential civil rights legislation of the past century. Its passage was central to the building of the New South, opening the way to attracting foreign investment in auto factories, creating CNN, hosting t ...

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Limiting women’s rights

By Julianne Malveaux Trice Edney Newswire I was 20 years old when Roe v. Wade was decided. A year before the decision, a young woman who lived in my dormitory attempted to perform an abortion on herself and hemorrhaged so badly that she was hospitalized. I’ll never forget the blood on the floor in her room and the anguished screams of her roommate. The young woman never returned to school, her promising fut ...

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Do elections matter this year?

For the past four years, I, like many Detroiters, have looked forward to positive change. It started with our new City Charter, calling for a drastic shift in our election process. Our City Council would be elected by district, something not done for almost a century. Unfortunately, there have also been changes that we neither wanted nor expected: the appointment of an emergency manager this past March, the ...

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The art of saving

In the early 90s, while searching for myself, I came across a book “The Essence of Success” by Earl Nightingale. What makes this period of my life so interesting is the fact that I no longer wanted to be who I was or to be in the situation I found myself living. ...

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Over 40 million households pay more than 30 percent for housing

Each year, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University assesses the nation’s housing outlook. The just released report The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2013 acknowledges that a housing recovery is underway; yet, it shares an array of findings that show only some Americans are a part of that recovery. ...

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On race, Supreme Court is out of touch

In its decision June 24 on affirmative action, the Supreme Court punted. It reviewed the University of Texas affirmative action program — in which race is admittedly “a factor of a factor of a factor” in admission, one of many factors used with a university committed to the educational benefits of a diverse student body — and said the lower court had to give it even stricter scrutiny. Or in essence, take an ...

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‘I recall having to pay a poll tax’

By Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson NNPA With its ruling on the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court has taken the country back to a time when racial minorities were not able to participate equitably in the voting process. The court’s decision is disgraceful to civil rights leaders and legislators who have fought to preserve equal voting rights in this country. It reminds me of a time in our history when minoriti ...

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The 1965 Voting Rights Act versus 2013 Jim Crow reform

We thought we had escaped the Jim Crow laws established and enacted between 1876 and 1965, shortly after the emancipation of slaves. If we don’t quite remember the mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities within the southern states comprising the former Confederacy, starting with 1890’s “separate but equal” status for African Americans, we are headed back there now. ...

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No privacy in DNA

A recent case diminished the privacy that individuals have in their genes. The crux of the controversy, as with any search, is whether “the promotion of legitimate governmental interests” against the “degree to which the search intrudes upon an individual’s privacy.” In a landmark decision, Maryland v. King, the United States Supreme Court decided that police can swab the cheeks of arrested individuals for ...

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