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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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NBA president: Blacks should be ‘almost religious’ about supporting Black businesses

National Bankers Association (NBA) President/CEO Michael Grant says mutual support among Black businesses and consumers must become an “almost religious” culture in America if the Black community is to ever to attain significant economic strength. “We are aware our community was hardest hit by this recession. We’re aware the historical and structural barriers against us remain. But, here is the real deal: W ...

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Fewer teens get pregnant except for those 10-14

Teen pregnancies are on the decline in the state except among the youngest girls, a Department of Community Health (DCH) report shows. The most recent report from 2012 shows there was a slight increase from 2011 in pregnancies among those 10-14. After decades of steady decreases, the number increased from 94 to 105 reported teen pregnancies. The reduction of other unintended pregnancies could be a result of ...

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Race is a ‘chronic’ enforcement problem

A recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union shows marijuana laws are enforced unequally for Black and white Americans nationwide. “The War on Marijuana in Black and White” released in March reports that though the percentage of Blacks and whites who use marijuana is virtually identical, African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested. The 190-page report states, “There were 140,000 mor ...

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West coast ‘Black Commentator’ and social justice activist passes

Longtime editorial writer, poet and political organizer Carl Bloice was remembered by friends and comrades at a gathering in San Francisco last week. The West Coast writer succumbed suddenly to a years-long battle with cancer. Bloice was known for his many widely-published columns on U.S. and international issues. He was on the editorial board of the Black Commentator. ...

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