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Sizing up the U.S. Presidents, from Nixon to Obama

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA When I was 16 years old, I went to get a passport. Why? Richard Nixon had been elected president, and I was sure that he would impose such oppression that I might need to get out of the country. Never mind that I didn’t have two quarters to rub together and was under such parental supervision that I might not have made it to the corner without being hit upside the head. I used my o ...

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Romney’s Agenda: Class warfare

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Trice Edney News Wire Raise taxes on the rich? “Class warfare,” the Republicans rail. Any discussion of inequality, says Mitt Romney, should be held privately “in quiet rooms.” Yet, the Romney agenda for the country opens a new offensive in class warfare — only on the side of the few, not the many. America’s inequality has already reached extremes not seen since 1929 before the Grea ...

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Why Romney and Ryan want to eliminate labor unions

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Let’s be clear: The Republican ticket for the presidency — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — have their eyes set on eliminating labor unions from the U.S. scene. No, they will not pass a law eliminating unions; they don’t need to. The existing labor laws are so weak that they make it difficult for workers to join and form unions. Additionally, Romney and Ryan would make sure to appoint ...

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NAACP represents communities of color at RNC and DNC

By Ben Jealous Far too often in modern elections, sound bites trump substance and voters are left wondering what the candidates really stand for. This is even more acute for issues important to the African American and civil rights communities. That is why, as we have done every presidential cycle for decades, the NAACP is traveling to the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention — ...

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It’s race, Stupid

By A. Peter Bailey Trice Edney News Wire It was the 1992 Bill Clinton-George H.W. Bush presidential campaign that introduced the memorable political slogan: “It’s the economy, Stupid.” That slogan was a way of explaining why Bush was in danger of losing his job. During the 2012 campaign between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a clarifying explanation as to why the President ...

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Just who are ‘We the People?’

By James Clingman NNPA Abraham Lincoln’s words, included in the Gettysburg Address, “…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” take on an esoteric meaning as we look at today’s political situation. A brief look at politics will show anyone with an ounce of sense that “we the people” have not, do not and will not run the U.S. government. The silly na ...

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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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