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‘It won’t be a quiet summer’ as groups campaign for voters

The civil rights community’s get-out-the-vote machine is slowly reawakening. But, given what’s at stake in this year’s mid-term elections, activists say, GOTV campaigners need to shake off the malaise — ASAP. “It is too quiet, and we’ve got to get busy really fast,” said Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, adding many groups seem to be in the planning ...

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Tough getting a job after 55

If you’re 55 or older and hunting for a job, good luck. Michigan is one of the worst states for your employment prospects. Governing Magazine recently reported data showing nationwide employment-to-population ratios, a common economic measure of what proportion of a state’s eligible working-age population is employed. Michigan is the third worst in the nation for older workers, at 32.3 percent of residents ...

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Michigan cuts to higher ed among worst in country

Michigan has cut funding to public universities and colleges deeper than 37 other states since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. As a result, tuition has risen dramatically, making it harder for many to go to college and for the state to attract businesses that rely on a well-educated workforce. ...

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JET Magazine goes digital

Johnson Publishing Company recently announced that JET magazine will transition to a digital magazine app at the end of June. JPC is making the proactive decision to adapt to the changing needs of its readers as their desire to get information quickly and easily increases, the company stated in a release issued last week. JET, the number three magazine in the African American market, with a rate base of 700 ...

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Recall fight lands Pinkney under arrest

Reverend Edward Pinkney is a prisoner in his own home. At the request of Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic, the Berrien County Court ordered Pinkney arrested April 25 on five felony counts of election fraud, set bail at $300,000, forbade him to leave his Benton Harbor home and put Pinkney on a mechanical tether to make sure he stays there. Pinkney said he is not even allowed to send messages on his compu ...

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‘Mayday’ Panel: Blacks in state of emergency but unaware

Black leaders assembled to discuss what has been declared a state of emergency in the African American community, concluded much of the Black community is unaware of the dire state of affairs around them. We are in a state of emergency, but the Black community senses no emergency,” said Baltimore pastor Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant. “Our danger is we have a generation who doesn’t know how to cry mayday, becaus ...

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Homeless mom who left kids in car during interview faces 8 years

35-year-old Arizona mother, Shanesha Taylor went to a job interview, left her two young children in the car and was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. Taylor now faces eight years in prison, of which she’s plead not guilty, because of her attempt to escape poverty. It’s being reported that Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will not drop felony child abuse charges against Shanesha, claiming ...

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Supreme Court creates affirmative inaction

A Supreme Court decision, April 22, upholding states’ right to ban the use of race-sensitive policies in university admissions wielded a serious blow to affirmative action, experts said, and shifts the battleground to the states. “Many voices in the civil rights community will call this decision a major disappointment because it weakens the options for insuring diversity in our public institutions,” said Jo ...

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