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Top Democratic candidates, Schauer and Peters, headline 14th District fundraiser  

Top state Democratic candidates will appear at the 14th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization’s annual fundraiser on July 25. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, a former state senator and U.S. Congressman from Battle Creek, will be keynote speaker for the event. According to recent polls, Schauer is embroiled in a tight contest for the governorship. ...

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NAACP promises to ‘educate, mobilize and agitate’ for voter participation

With a “pivotal election” coming up Nov. 4, the NAACP will kick off its 105th Annual Convention this week focusing primarily on maximum Black voter turnout for the mid-term elections. “All In for Justice and Equality” is the theme of the convention — to be held in Las Vegas. Voter suppression, criminal justice reform, voting rights, economic opportunity and educational equality are among the topics on the a ...

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Black Press: The Voice of Black America

The June unemployment rate was down to 6.1 percent. Yet, for the vast majority of more than 45 million Black Americans, the persistent unemployment rate in our communities is still way too high. It was 10.7 percent in June, down from 11.5 percent in May 2014. This is the lowest Black unemployment rate since September 2008. For Black women, the unemployment rate fell in June to a single digit at 9 percent. I ...

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The Black Press: The voice of Black America

Amid the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon, June 25-28, I was reminded repeatedly that Black Americans have had a long, storied tradition of newspaper publishing. Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal in 1827, Black American publishers have worked heroically to earn the title “Voice of Black America.” From the east coast to the west coast, in b ...

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Detroit’s Jewish community reconnects with ‘the old neighborhood’ to offer helping hand

Local conversations about suburban residents coming to the city of Detroit tend to revolve around downtown and Midtown, as if there’s a transporting device that beams crowds of people for sporting events, concerts and the like. Do residents from the ‘burbs ever come to less alluring places in the city and work collaboratively with Detroiters to strengthen their neighborhoods? They do, and in increasing numb ...

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The national impact of the Calif. Superior Court ruling on teacher tenure

Recently, the California Superior Court ruled as unconstitutional three state laws pertaining to teacher tenure. They include tenure to teachers after teaching two years, layoffs by seniority of teachers and a comprehensive and complex process for firing teachers. While the public school system would like to ensure that a quality education is rendered to all students, the critical questions to be asked are: ...

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Pontiac’s New Water World

If you want to see just how far-reaching the powers of an emergency manager are, and what that can mean in terms of how the issue of water is dealt with, cast your eyes toward Pontiac. The seat of government in one of America’s richest counties was placed under state control in 2009. Since then, the municipal workforce hasn’t just been slashed — it has practically been obliterated. Changes in the way water ...

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