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Cuts in Social Security … ‘Unthinkable’

Written by Charles D. Ellison on Friday, 29 July 2011 16:16.

Lawmakers in Washington are like basement poker players, pushing money, change, family keepsakes and strips of clothing back and forth across a scratched table. It’s smoky and the alcohol flows from a spigot given the rhetorical fistfights breaking out these days. Yet, little gremlins appear hidden in the details, ripping reams of fine lines from multiple deals being thrown back and forth as negotiations reach the cliff of sudden default death.

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Undermining the Right to Vote

Written by Lee A. Saunders, AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer on Friday, 29 July 2011 16:14.

There is no right more precious in our nation than the right of citizens to cast a ballot on Election Day. That is why generations of Americans have sacrificed and even died in efforts to expand the right to vote. Yet across the country, powerful corporate interests and the right-wing politicians who do their bidding are working hard to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.

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The Deficit and What It Means to Black America

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 29 July 2011 16:09.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As our leadership in Washington, DC seeks common ground over the nation’s debt limit, there are some real consequences at stake for the black community. The debate on Capitol Hill is no longer philosophical, it’s real and the impact on African-Americans and the poor could be devastating.

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Is Race an Issue for Black Suburb with White Mayor?

Written by Wendell Hutson on Friday, 22 July 2011 18:37.

(NNPA) Special from The Chicago Crusader - Allegations of misuse of a city credit card by Dwight Welch, long-time mayor of Country Club Hills, has evolved into a racial bomb being lobbed by public officials, along with accusations of misfeasance.  Welch, a white former policeman has been mayor of the city for the past 24 years and his unsuccessful opponents in the last election—two Black aldermen – Steve Burris and Vincent Lockett-recently accused the mayor of abuse and misuse of a city credit card.  Welch countered the allegations are racially motivated.

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Mandatory Drug Testing for the Poor

Written by Nisa Islam Muhammad on Friday, 22 July 2011 18:18.

(NNPA) – Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a bill requiring adults applying for temporary cash assistance to undergo drug screening.  His rationale is to increase personal accountability and prevent Florida's tax dollars from subsidizing drug addiction, while still providing for needy children.  Parents failing the required drug test may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of the children.

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N.C. Drawn into Political Tug of War Parties: spar over legality of proposed redistricting maps

Written by Sommer Brokaw on Friday, 22 July 2011 17:27.

Special from The Charlotte Post (NNPA) – The 2012 elections are over a year away, but the fight for political power in terms of electoral maps is already beginning to take shape.  In North Carolina, race is overshadowing the debate on where to draw district lines. Each electoral map is being re-drawn based on the 2010 census results. North Carolina’s population grew 18.5 percent between 2000 and 2010 to more than 9.5 million residents. 

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Racing Toward The Bottom

Written by Julianne Malveaux on Friday, 15 July 2011 15:25.

While a Department of Education program embraces “a race to the top”, our nation’s current stance toward our 14 million officially unemployed people represents nothing less than a race to the bottom.  We are content to report, month after month, unemployment rates in excess of nine percent, to use questionable language to describe tepid performance, and to assuage ourselves with myths that the economy is in recovery because GDP growth is up.
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Strong Start: Symposium Offers Solutions to Education Decline

Written by Jihad Hassan Muhammad, The Dallas Examiner on Friday, 08 July 2011 18:13.

The quality of public education has been a heavy concern across the United States for many years.  With the current downturn of the economy and downsizing of the school system, there is a growing concern about the nation’s schools ability to adequately educate today’s youth. Students at predominantly African American schools are at greater risk; according to statistics that show a large percentage of Black students are already at a disadvantage, more so than their Caucasian counterparts, or any other group in America.

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Fire Cadet Program Under Fire, Flyer Called Racist

Written by Cheryl Brown from Blackvoicenews.com on Friday, 08 July 2011 18:09.

A flyer hanging on the job posting board at the San Bernardino Fire Department announcing a new program to train cadets has ignited some citizens of SB to claim it’s racist.The cadet program was recently voted on by the city council to give teenagers who live in the community the opportunity to work for the San Bernardino Fire Department, one of the last departments to become fully integrated.  Only eight of the city’s 148 firefighters live in the city.

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National African American Leadership Summit: Operational Unity

Written by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. on Friday, 01 July 2011 14:13.

During the last 50 years, there has been a constant internal debate in Black America. The debate has been in the format of various African American leadership dialogues about the goal, objectives, national agenda, strategies, organizations, mobilizations, litigation, court rulings, legislation and mass movements for change all focused on advancing the interests of Black people toward freedom, justice, equality and empowerment. But inevitably the question of Black unity, in particular the issue of Black leadership unity, has always emerged in all of those analytical forums.