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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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Mabel Robinson Williams, fighter for human rights

On June 1, 1931 in Monroe, N.C., Mabel Ola Robinson was born, the second daughter to her proud parents Emma Perry Robinson and King David Robinson. Her older sister Elizabeth R. Redfern proceeded her in death. As a child, Mabel grew up active with her family in the Elizabeth Baptist Church where she accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized. It was at this church she had her first encounters with the Williams ...

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With mouths taped shut

When the Flint Branch of the ACLU held a panel discussion on emergency management last week, one of participants, activist Claire McClinton, pointed out the event was being held at a site where autoworkers staged a landmark sit-down strike in the 1930s. That action — with workers asserting their rights and making sure their voices were heard — proved to be a pivotal moment in the history of organized labor. ...

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Conyers to push legislation to study reparations

U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. said he will re-introduce in the 113th Congress legislation that calls for a seven-member commission to study reparations for African Americans. “It is the most important piece of legislation I have ever introduced, and I will re-introduce HR40 in the 113th Congress,” Conyers, D-Mich., told the 400 attendees at the “Revitalizing the Reparations Movement” conference on April 26 at ...

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It’s agreed: Bridges need work, but who will pay?

Officials are predicting it will take $101 million annually in additional funding to save Michigan’s deteriorating bridges. State-owned bridges need about $70 million for repair and bridges owned by local agencies like counties, cities and villages need $31 million more, said Jeff Cranson, director of communications for the Michigan Department of Transportation. ...

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Schools still “Separate and Unequal”

As the 60th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education approaches, a new report by the Economic Policy Institute found schools are more segregated now than they were in 1980. The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 17, 1954 decision effectively banned racial segregation in schools where racially separate schools were far from equal. The report outlines the differences between ...

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WCCCD’s Executive Dean for International Programs joins Midwest Institute Board of Directors

David C. Butty, executive dean for international programs and media specialist, who also directs the Wayne County Community College District’s Study Abroad Program, has been elected to the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIE)’s Board of Directors for fiscal years 2014-2016. Mr. Butty was elected at the organization’s 21st Annual Conference held at Columbus State Community Colle ...

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