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Holder calls for voting rights for convicted felons

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently called for restoration of voting rights for felons who served their sentences, said the restriction has a disparate effect on African Americans. Felony-voter disenfranchisement began after Reconstruction so whites could diminish the voting strength of free Black men, Holder said. “Throughout America, 2.2 million Black citizens — or nearly one in 13 African Ame ...

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Puerto Rico is insolvent

Puerto Rico, a colony of the United States, had its bonds dropped to junk status in early February by all three ratings agencies. The U.S. colony of 3.6 million people of color is entering its eighth year of recession with official unemployment at 14.7 percent. The amount of debt that bankers claim against the island is over $70 billion. The newly-elected Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is cutting governm ...

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OBAMA SIGNS FARM BILL

Michigan Lawmakers look on as President Barack Obama signs the Agriculture Act of 2014into legislation Feb. 7 on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Obama said the $956 billion farm bill “lifts up our rural communities and gives more Americans a shot at opportunity in the years ahead.” ...

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GM VP awarded Black Engineer of the Year

General Motors Vice President of North America Manufacturing Gerald Johnson received the Black Engineer of the Year Award at the organization’s science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, conference. Some 3,000 conference attendees — students, educators and industry representatives — watched as recently-named GM CEO Mary Barra, a strong supporter of STEM education, presented the BEYA career achievem ...

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African American nationalism, the concept of internal colonies and Third World solidarity: Reflections of a movement worker

The years 1965 to 1967 mark my work as a field secretary in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in Alabama, and the beginning of a life-long commitment to the African American liberation movement and the worldwide struggles for human rights. This was a period of fierce rebellions in major cities across the United States as African Americans expressed our rage at the continued oppression of our co ...

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US Postal Service honors Shirley Chisholm

The first African American woman elected to Congress is commemorated in the Black Heritage Stamp Series. The Shirley Chisholm Black Heritage Forever Stamp went on sale Jan. 31 at Post Offices nationwide. “Shirley Chisholm was a courageous and pioneering woman whose legacy lives on with the issuance of this special stamp,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman. “We are proud to honor this great Ameri ...

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Michigan cities brace for a changing climate

Some Michigan cities are bracing for a climate change. In Detroit, six groups are planning to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. The Detroit Climate Action Collaborative is one of several efforts by cities to prepare for a warming climate linked to fossil fuel emissions. Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor Marquette and Ludington are among those planning for climate trends they are already seeing, said Luke Forest, pr ...

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Common Core: ‘We’re building the plane while we’re flying it”

Five-year-old Ryan had been up to the task of his kindergarten homework — copy each word five times and use each in a sentence — but his universe was upended when his teacher assigned him a new task: Look up the words in a dictionary and write their definitions. “I was so frustrated,” says his mother, Cristi Wijngaarde, a community organizer with the Vietnamese American Young Leadership Association in New O ...

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