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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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Sentencing guidelines drop for drug offenses

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the DOJ will implementing new guidelines that reduce sentences for certain incarcerated individuals. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reducing federal prison terms for drug traffickers currently incarcerated has excited a population who had all but given up hope. It has also reinvigorated inmates, their parents and attorneys who have fought to get lawmakers to revisit how society pu ...

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Black men: No progress since 1974

Black men are no better off than they were more than 40 years ago, due to mass incarceration and job losses suffered during the Great Recession, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago. Derek Neal and Armin Rick, the co-authors of the study, found reforms in the criminal justice system at the state-level largely contributed to disparities in arrests and incarceration rates that ...

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Water: Reprieve, but no resolution

After at least 17 people were arrested in two separate protests where activists attempted to block crews from going out into Detroit neighborhoods to shut off water to homes… After more than 1,000 people marched down Woodward Avenue chanting “Water is a human right. Fight, fight, fight!”… After the United Nations condemned the city for cutting off water to more than 17,000 homes since March… After the Ameri ...

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