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The Push against Cush

Amid freezing temperatures, persistent unemployment and a historic bankruptcy, Detroit news media has provided a front row seat to the greatest show on earth — local Detroit political characters. There has been an unprecedented shift in political reporting. It is less about the problems and proposed policy solutions and now more about the political characters. ...

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Detroit voting issues

While I know many of you are aware, there are quite a few people in Detroit who do not feel the election was fair and the investigation of it was a sham. I am proud to have been one of the people in attendance at the recounting of many of the ballots. If I had not been there for many days and many thousands of ballots, it would not be clear to me that so many of the signatures were the same. If you see the ...

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LBJ and the invention of poverty politics

On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson identified “poverty” as America’s new enemy. On the heels of President John F. Kennedy’s death and in the wake of both a growing militancy in the civil rights movement and an entrenched southern insurgency, Johnson tried to marry two powerful ideas: national interest and racial opportunity. ...

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King’s true legacy

This month will mark the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Across the nation and throughout the world community, millions of people will pay tribute and celebrate the birth of one our greatest freedom fighters and most effective leaders. The legacy of Dr. King is more than a federal holiday, although we should never forget the protracted but successful struggle required to get that holiday recogn ...

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War on poverty wages on

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson, lamenting that too many Americans “live on the outskirts of hope,” declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” This will not be “a short or easy struggle,” he stated in his State of the Union address to the Congress, “no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we will not rest until that war is won. The richest nation on earth can afford to ...

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Black leaders, past and present, on Black economic empowerment

It is absolutely critical that we, as Black folks, get serious in 2014 about maximizing our economic potential in this country. We often swear we revere the guidance of illustrious ancestors and present-day wise persons who strive to give us direction on how to best promote and protect our individual and group interests in a society that is at best a lukewarm environment for us. The following observations f ...

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Wishes for the New Year

By Julianne Malveaux Trice Edney Newswire Happy New Year! Jan. 1 and 2 are the days when most think of the “new” year, yet with the first Monday in January falling on Jan. 6, that’s probably when most people will return to their desks with focused energy and ready to go. Post-its and scrawled notebook paper will trumpet “new” resolutions. Eat less, relax more, volunteer, tithe, save — all that good stuff.  ...

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Resolution: More passion

Clouds and tempests mark the dawn of 2014. The economy is recovering, we are told, but the people aren’t. Over 20 million people are still in need of full-time work. America, the land of opportunity, now is scarred by more extreme inequality and less mobility than other industrial nations. More of our children grow up in poverty and we do a worse job of offering them a helping hand up. Gun violence continue ...

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