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Moving ‘Up’ Isn’t as Easy as You Might Think

By Krissy Clark Special to the NNPA from Marketplace Wealth and Poverty Desk Squirrels. If you have lived in a middle-class neighborhood for most of your life, you might take them for granted. But when Valerie Love and her 12-year-old daughter Jada recently moved to Albany Park on the north side of Chicago, squirrels were the first things they noticed. Jada remembers how her mom began throwing jelly beans t ...

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One Summer Chicago Program

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that more than 18,000 Chicago young adults ages 16 to 24 will gain valuable job training and work experience this summer as part of 2013’s One Summer Chicago program. Additionally, over 190,000 opportunities to participate in educational and recreational opportunities will be made available for young Chicagoans, ages 6 to 24 ...

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Gov. Quinn to Eliminate Criminal Background Question On State Employment Applications

Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has tried for years to remove criminal background pre-screening questions on state employment applications, and on April 17, a letter from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office indicated that is happening. Gary Hannig, Quinn’s director of legislative affairs, informs the Austin lawmaker in the letter that Quinn will issue an executive order removing these type of questions. “People who have ...

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Who Speaks For Who?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Do you have anything to say about what’s going on in town, or across America?  What are your personal priorities and how do you put voice to them? It’s a good question that we all have to ask ourselves from time to time: “Who speaks for me?” A poll, commissioned by BET Founder Robert L. Johnson asked: “Who speaks for you?” The response: 40 percent of African Americans surveyed ...

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Black Leaders Have Sold Out

Once again the Black community has been shown how irrelevant they have become in the U.S.  Most of the blame can be laid at the feet of the media appointed Black leadership for selling out their people. And we’ve gotten nothing in return. At least Judas Iscariot had sense enough to get 30 pieces of silver when he sold out Jesus Christ. Isn’t it amazing that with all the debate swirling around the issue of a ...

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Jackie Robinson: “Too Bad He’s The Wrong Color”

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist You could say “42,” the film about the life of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, is a gripping baseball tale, and your assessment would be correct – but woefully incomplete. “42” is not just a baseball story. It’s a compelling history lesson as well. It tells the story of not just baseball, but of a central facet of 20th Century American life – the suffocating reach of ...

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Basketball Used as a Tool to Curb Chicago Violence and a Path Out of Negative Lifestyles

CHICAGO – David Bradley doesn’t get anxious anymore when he steps outside the front door of his home on the city’s South Side. Before, the 24 year old Auburn Gresham resident minded what streets he walked and corners where he stood. Those were invisible borders that marked gang territory and where crossing onto a rival’s street could mean life or death. “I can walk wherever I want to walk without having som ...

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The NRA is Afraid of the Truth

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Why is the National Rifle Association so afraid of the truth? There are many misconceptions about guns and gun violence swirling around in Americans’ minds—and in many cases, this misinformation is no accident. For years the NRA has blocked the truth and actively fought against and prevented research in the causes and costs of gun violence because they don’t want Amer ...

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Harold Washington a Giant in the History of Big City Mayors

30th Anniversary Harold Washington Tribute Committee launches effort to immortalize legacy of the man who transformed Chicago politics. (Chicago, April 2, 2013) The charismatic late Mayor Harold Washington is noted for transforming Chicago’s political environment and creating an open all-inclusive government that represents Chicago’s rich diversity.   Citizens, civic, faith, and political leaders are launch ...

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Payday Lending Drains Nearly $1 Billion from Communities

One of the worst ironies of the nagging economic recession is that consumers with the fewest financial resources have lost the most. Now, a new report finds that payday loans not only strip much-needed income from low-income families, but harms the economic viability of the communities where they operate, draining nearly $1 billion a year. Written by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development (In ...

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