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National Urban League launches $70 million ‘Jobs Rebuild America’ initiative

“We urge that a comprehensive jobs program be developed and executed by way of a partnership that includes government, the private sector and the nation’s nonprofit community,” the National Urban League wrote in a letter dated Nov. 7, 2012 to President Obama, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi. The December jobs report has confirmed what urban America has known for a very long time: The “fierce urgency of now” i ...

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Wilmington Ten Pardons: Black Press at its best

When then-National Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Danny Bakewell, Sr. asked me to emcee the Black Press Week luncheon at the National Press Club in 2011, I had no idea I would be witnessing history. At the urging of Wilmington Journal publisher Mary Alice Thatch, the NNPA decided to launch a national campaign to win pardons for the Wilmington Ten, a group of activists who were falsely convicted a ...

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Boehner: Intemperate, ignorant and out of control

Congressman John Boehner was re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a narrow vote. Needing 218 votes, he barely clinched it with 220. His narrow vote reflects the fact that no Democrat would vote for him and that many Republicans are disillusioned of him. Perhaps it also reflects the fact that he has so poorly comported himself that he does not deserve reelection. ...

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Observations about Tim Scott, Benghazi and Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

As a person who strongly believes that Black people spend too much time focusing on politics and not nearly enough on maximizing our individual and collective economic resources, I didn’t do any high-fiving or chest bumping over the re-election of President Obama and the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott as U.S. senator from South Carolina. ...

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A battle in Michigan for the American dream

On Dec. 11, thousands were set to demonstrate at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing to protest a frontal assault on working people. Republican majorities in the state House and Senate had vowed to jam through right-to-work legislation. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who originally said this wasn’t part of his agenda, has flip-flopped and said he would sign the legislation. To protect the legislation from a ...

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Leadership or Pleadership?

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth our demands for political reciprocity. Are they really leading (demanding), or are they simply pleading? ...

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One week, two sides of Obama

Over the span of one week, two different sides of President Obama emerged in different yet unforgettable terms. The first was political, involving Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name as a candidate for secretary of state. The second was deeply personal in the wake of mass murders in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school. ...

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