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The American Dream Lives! But …

Written by Lee A. Daniels on Monday, 09 December 2013 16:54.

The American Dream lives! It’s the current American reality that’s become a nightmare for millions upon millions whose lives, occupations and economic stability once seemed to embody it. A new survey released Thanksgiving week by the Washington Post and the Miller Center, a nonpartisan, public policy-focused affiliate of the University of Virginia, offers fresh evidence that Americans overwhelmingly still hold fast to the positive beliefs that in the 20th century helped project the buoyant optimism of the American character.

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Don’t Wait for the Revolution — 'Be the Change' and Live It

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 19 August 2013 13:22.

 

John Travis holt Revolution 101We can’t create a better world if we haven’t yet imagined it. How much better then, if we are able to touch such a world, experience it directly, even live in it—if only to a partial degree and for a brief moment. This is the idea behind “prefigurative interventions,” actions that not only work to stop the next dumb thing the bad guys are up to, but also enact in the here and now the world we actually want to live in.

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Zimmerman Verdict: Hope Must Prevail

Written by James HarperSpecial to the NNPA from theFlorida Courier on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:53.

Like millions around the world, I’m still numb after learning a jury of six women – five Whites, one Hispanic – found George Zimmerman “not guilty” of murdering Trayvon Martin.
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Zimmerman Verdict A Travesty in "Post Racial" America

Written by Vantage Point, Dr. Ron Daniels on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:50.

Racial profiling and Trayvon Martin's right to "stand his ground" to defend himself from a creepy man who was following him, despite being told by the 911 Police Dispatcher not to do so,  should have been the heart of the case against George Zimmerman.
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Moment for Action on Climate Change

Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:49.

President Obama kicked off the summer with a high-profile environmental speech at Georgetown University.
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Black Pastors to Members: Be Aware and Beware Zimmerman Verdict

Written by Courtney Jacobs and Blair AdamsSpecial to the NNPA from The Afro-American on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:45.

Congregation – Pastor John R. Jenkins preaches about the Zimmerman verdict to congregation at First Baptist of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro. (AFRO Photo/Avis Thomas-Lester)Rev. John R. Jenkins, Jr. looked out at the congregation of First Baptist Church of Glendarden and sighed.
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National Protests of Zimmerman Verdict Reach Fever Pitch

Written by George E. CurryNNPA Editor-in-Chief on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:38.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Demonstrations are planned for 100 cities this Saturday, July 20, to protest George Zimmerman’s acquittal for murder and manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. and to urge the Justice Department to investigate whether Martin’s civil rights were violated.
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Strolling Down the Beauty Aisles

Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist on Monday, 24 June 2013 10:45.

When it comes to looking good, staying on top of your game, and making sure your pursuit of beauty is on point, you know the African-American community has that covered. Nielsen’s latest insights highlight hair and skin beauty purchases and behavior, by the numbers among African-Americans and other ethnic groups in the U.S. and Canada in a recent NielsenWire Post titled. “ Looking Good: Appealing to Ethnic Consumers in the Beauty Aisle.”
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Letter to the Editor: Sponsors of House Bill 944

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 03 June 2013 11:12.

Dear Editor:  Sponsors of House Bill 944, the school voucher bill, proposed certain changes during the bill’s first committee hearing this week. Changes include lowering the income required for eligibility, decreasing the total amount of money awarded, and increasing public accountability. As we approach the May 28 committee vote, let us not forget that the voucher concept itself is flawed. Siphoning funds from public schools will not generate the savings it claims to, but will instead take much needed funding from the numerous fixed costs schools incur each year.
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Turning the Clock Back on Voting Rights

Written by Julianne Malveaux on Monday, 04 March 2013 14:50.

Shelby County, Ala. is suing the Justice Department because they think that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its reauthorization in 1982 and 2006) is unfair.  The facts: The small city of Calera redistricted its boundaries in a way that the sole African American councilman lost his seat.  Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act forced a new election with different boundaries, and Ernest Montgomery regained his seat.