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Marching for the sake of marching

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Every time I see a march or rally, I think of the rally of all rallies — the 1963 March on Washington. Forty-nine years later, there is nothing that equals that march in results. These days folks march to make a point, but back in the day, we marched to get legislative action. Shortly after the March on Washington, both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were passed. I ...

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Charge to the 103rd Annual Convention of the NAACP

By Rev. Dr. William Barber, II The following is an excerpt of the Reverend’s speech. In the testimony circle of my faith tradition the saints often declare, “If we ever needed the Lord, we sure do need him now.” I want to, in the tradition of the hip hop tradition, sample from that faith tradition and say, if we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now. For us the right to vote is not just a constitu ...

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What are the Obama campaign managers thinking?

By Walter Smith The response from the Obama campaign managers to NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell was, “The audience your newspapers reach is not the demographic of the campaign.” What a ridiculous posture to take in regards to the Black Press, the father of progress of Black Americans. The U.S. Black Press is 185 years old this year. It began in 1827 when John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish started Freedom’s Jou ...

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International racial profiling grants a license to kill

By Mark P. Fancher The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been around for a decade, but high-ranking U.S. government officials who are responsible for atrocities in the underdeveloped world have not yet been called to account for their actions in that forum. The U.S. has a long history of supporting and protecting ruthless dictators who commit barbarous acts against their people. From the 1950s through ...

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Do we have a friend in the White House?

By Walter Smith The world applauded when Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States in November of 2008. People of color the world over were ecstatic over having someone they could relate to as the leader of the richest and most powerful country in the world. Heads of States of foreign countries who were at odds with the U.S. felt relieved when Obama suggested that they stop fighting a ...

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Worries about ‘upward mobility’

By William Reed NNPA The wealthiest Americans live in gated communities that protect them from the masses. A new poll reveals that many Americans are questioning their prospects for “upward mobility.” The high level of pessimism is reflected among respondents in a recent poll conducted by The Hill newspaper that found 47 percent of likely voters believe it’s impossible for them to become wealthy during the ...

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Gabrielle Douglas’ hair-raising experience

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA If you don’t follow Olympic gymnastics, you may not have heard about Gabrielle Douglas before this year. But the amazing grace of this 16-year-old African American propelled her to Olympic gold last week, and she is the first African American to win an individual medal in gymnastics. Indeed, her performance toppled the Russians, who have portrayed themselves as unbeatable. So unbea ...

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Anti-poverty programs have been successful

By George E. Curry NNPA Conservatives continue to assert that anti-poverty programs have failed when, in fact, they have saved millions of people from plunging into poverty. Fox News, the house organ for right-wingers, has led this disinformation campaign. Let’s examine what two network contributors said on the same day (July 23, 2012): Mary Katherine in an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor,” said: “Well, ...

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Presenting The People’s Law School

By Shawndrica Simmons, Esq., Chancellor I am a practicing attorney in the tri-county area, as well as a community activist. I sit on several boards, from the ACLU to the Metro-Detroit AFL-CIO. I try to be the best steward I can be over the gifts that God has given me. Someone must be a witness and tell the truth to those that deserve and need to hear it. This year marks a shift in government. With all the c ...

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Show me the money!

The Black vote again taken for granted By Cloves Campbell There are less than 100 days until voters throughout the country will cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as U.S. Senate, House and state legislatures. The campaign war chests for President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney total almost $3 billion! However, as of this writing, not one dollar ...

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