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Obama: Making history is not enough

By Raynard Jackson NNPA In many ways Obama’s presidency has been historic.  On June 19, 2008, Obama became the first major-party presidential candidate to turn down public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1976.  On Aug. 28, 2008, Obama became the first Black to be nominated by a major U.S. party.  On Nov. 4, 2008, Obama won the presidency with 365 electoral votes to 173 for ...

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The high cost of injustice

When these corporations underpay their workers, we supplement their inadequate wages with government-funded income subsidies (food, housing assistance, etc.). When these companies need securities protection, they don’t hesitate to use the Securities and Exchange Commission, also paid for with our taxes. While these corporations operate like foreign corporations for tax purposes, they expect the services of ...

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Putting on my Harriett Tubman shoes

We don’t have time to be tired, scared and distracted. Yes, I put Harriet Tubman’s shoes on. I think about that pistol she carried. A song about her says “I know your feet are tired, I know you getting weary, but I don’t like cowards, so I put a gun to your head, do you wanna die by the white man or would you rather die by me instead.” ...

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Spike Lee video links Radio Raheem and Eric Garner

By Courtney Jacobs Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper In a new video, Spike Lee expressed his opinion about a recent incident in which an NYPD officer used an illegal chokehold to restrain a man. Eric Garner, 43, a father of six and grandfather of two, died last week after police officers in Staten Island attempted to arrest him. One of the officers, eight-year NYPD veteran Daniel Pantaleo ...

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Action in low-turnout primary

By Phreddy Wischusen  The Michigan Citizen Amid otherwise predictable state-wide primary voting Aug. 5, two results standout. Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence won a tight three-way race to gain the Democratic nomination in the 14th U.S. Congressional District, narrowly defeating Rudy Hobbs and distancing former Congressman Hansen Clarke. Secondly, a Wayne County school millage proposal was not approved, des ...

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Minority teachers abandon nation’s classrooms

Minorities are significantly underrepresented in public schools, despite the fact the number of Black and Latino students have increased. A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Northwest — “The Leaky Pipeline for Teachers of Color: Getting More Teachers of Color into the Classroom” — revealed while much has been done in the past 25 years to substantially increase the number of minority ...

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