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Black folks must use their collective economic weapon

Now that the end of the presidential campaign is nearly upon us, it is time to state once again that when it comes to promoting and protecting our individual and group interests in this country, we, as Black people, have an extremely powerful — not influential, but powerful — weapon, which we don’t effectively use. That weapon is our individual and group economic resources. ...

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Ignored and taken for granted

What will it finally take for Black people to accept the fact that we have no real political clout? A little influence, yes, but no power. If our voting bloc were as strong as we like to think, the Republicans would not ignore us and the Democrats would not take us for granted. If we had real political power, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama would have accepted the invitation by the National Newspaper Publ ...

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Stand up for Democracy: Repeal the EM Law

There are four good reasons to stand up for democracy by voting “no” on Proposal 1. First, democracy is worth having on the local level because local people know what’s best for their communities. Proposal 1 stops local people from participating in their government. Every decision from policing to parking is in the hands of one person — a state bureaucrat. ...

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Steps to counter voter suppression

Hopefully by now you have heard a thing or two about efforts on the part of the Republicans to suppress the votes of minorities, youth, the elderly, union members and many veterans. The plot is fairly simple: Make it especially difficult to vote by setting up all sorts of systems of identification in the name of avoiding alleged voter fraud. The fact that voter fraud has not been a major issue in the United ...

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Ignore debate zingers, focus on issues

As the first 2012 presidential debate approached, political junkies were gearing up for a shoot-out. With history as a guide, much attention was paid to the political horse race. Much debate commentary was about technique: Would President Barack Obama be crisp? Would Mitt Romney use the zingers he has reportedly practiced? Would he get under the president’s skin? ...

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CBC opposes plan to enable predatory lending

At the urging of veteran Congressman John H. Conyers, D-Mich., a growing number of Congressional Black Caucus colleagues are actively opposing a bill that would negatively impact consumers of color and others who lack a personal bank account. Moreover, the bill, HR 6139, would also remove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from its current enforcement authority over non-bank lenders and additio ...

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On the governor’s public bridge, let the people decide

To hear it from proponents of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC), a proposed new bridge between Detroit and Windsor will provide a risk-free bounty of jobs and dollars for the state. But not only have state officials misinformed the public by vastly overstating the economic benefit from the project, they have also completely disregarded a crucial consideration: how a new bridge will devastate the n ...

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Barack Obama, new (WHITE) leadership and the racial POLI-tricks OF a poll

Detroit, Mich. has always been a key political and cultural center in America. It has been the Fertile Crescent for the automotive industry, the Motown sound and Black self–empowerment movements. Detroit put the world on wheels and provided the sound track for the ride. Elijah Muhammad started his movement in Detroit. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his most remembered speech and led his largest march her ...

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The Black Press endorses President Obama

By Cloves C. Campbell, Jr. A few years ago, NNPA was holding its annual board meetings in March in Washington, D.C., when then Sen. Barack Obama walked in the room to welcome the publishers to Washington. He indicated he wanted to share some news with us. The news was that he was planning on seeking the office of the president of the United States of America. There were some young and many older publishers ...

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