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A ‘perverse’ move by the National Black Chamber of Commerce

I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the National Black Chamber of Commerce over the years. I have conducted media training sessions at national conventions, spoken at functions sponsored by state and local affiliates, and enjoyed a friendship with many of its top officers, including president and co-founder Harry C. Alford. That’s why I was stunned and mystified when, in the course of researching ...

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All power to the people

There was a historically self-determining session of the Detroit City Council on Nov. 15. The Council voted down a contract that would have cut the Water and Sewerage Department workers by 80 percent, busted the union and further remove control of the City’s Water Department from the City Council. It voted down a contract with the conflicted law firm, which Gov. Rick Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon w ...

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Reach beyond U.S. borders to offset home-grown racial hostility

When President Obama proclaimed: “There’s not a Black America or a white America … there is the United States of America,” many people believed him. They should reconsider. If the recent contentious election with all of its racial overtones was not enough, a recent study on racial attitudes in America shows that the president’s soaring rhetoric is at best wishful thinking. ...

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Testimony on HB 6004 before the House Education Committee

The most fundamental problem with House Bill 6004 is that it is grossly unconstitutional. It establishes a state K-12 school district under the direct control of the governor. Article VIII of the Michigan Constitution, which defines roles and responsibilities in education, does not even reference the Office of the Governor. Section 3 of that article states: “Leadership and general supervision over all publi ...

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An action agenda

After we savor the feeling of sweet success that comes from President Barack Obama’s re-election, there is work to do. Most of us got the outcome that we both worked and hoped for but we have to resist the temptation to exhale and get on with our work. Before the president takes the oath of office for a second time, African Americans should mobilize around these issues: ...

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Blue Cross sale means higher rates and taxpayers out billions

Consumer groups, led by Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH), have been urging state officials to move slowly in providing the legal mechanism for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to shed its charitable mission and be sold to a newly formed BCBSM mutual insurance company. Unfortunately, many lawmakers are instead pushing to fast-track this risky proposal despite it meaning higher insurance rate ...

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Obama backlash

As president of the United States, Barack Obama has ended a senseless war in Iraq, where more than 110,000 soldiers and civilians were killed, and countless injured. He killed the most wanted 9/11 terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, after he was on the run for more than 10 years. ...

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