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The Federal Shutdown is Very Personal

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector:  the American Federation of Government Employees.  But I am not writing on their behalf or because I was told to do so. This is personal. Federal employees are largely invisible. Actually, we take them for granted.  With certain exceptions such as TSA and the VA, most of us thin ...

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Yes, Mental Illness Affects ‘Us’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: A ...

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Affordable Health Care is Here to Stay

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage for $100 or less.” - President Barack Obama We fought and won a battle three years ago to improve access to affordable health care for every American and finally it’s here. Last Tuesday,  a key component of the Affordable Care Act took effect when the new Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, allowi ...

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Using Life Insurance to Solve Three Needs

By Linda Moore: Term life insurance may be used to accomplish certain business and personal objectives.  That is what some business owners have done. As an example, let’s say “John” is expanding his practice.  He has constructed a larger office and is bringing a new partner, “William,” on board who is also putting some equity into the business.  The expansion of the business activities, along with the ongoi ...

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Ald. Deborah Graham Responds to Tribune Article

-Ald. Deborah Graham (29th Ward) issued the following statement today in response to recent reporting from the Chicago Tribune regarding economic development concerns in the Austin community. The Chicago Tribune reported this past weekend on a store opening gone wrong in the 29th Ward. I am in the process of exploring what actions I can take as alderman, working with the City of Chicago, to correct some of ...

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Government Shutdown Harder on Black Workers

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the shutdown of the federal government that began  Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Because government jobs have been more available to Blacks than private sector employment over the years, es ...

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Robert R. Taylor

Robert Robinson Taylor was an American architect; by some accounts the first accredited African American Architect in the United States. Taylor enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1888, the first African American student at MIT, and was associated with Tuskegee University once called Tuskegee Institute, designing most of the buildings on campus completed prior to 1932, and even serving as s ...

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A Place for Chicago’s Underground Hip-Hop

There is a home for Chicago’s underground hip-hop heads and a place where lyrical skills are put to the test; it’s free and open to the public.  606 Hip-Hop Open Mic Night is held every Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North Ave., in Wicker Park. Artists from different parts of the city, and sometimes the country, come out to see what others can do as well as challenging th ...

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Warring With The War on Drugs

By Maya Rhodan Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, declared a war on the War on Drugs last week, saying it is fine to end the failed public policy. “The War on Drugs is a racially biased policy and strategy. It is the new Jim Crow,” Daniels said. “We come today to claim that we’ve suffered enough…it’s time to bring an end to a ...

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Keep Hope Alive with a new War on Poverty

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Only a couple of weeks ago, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, I was reminded of the Rev. King’s last birthday, in January 1968. He combined it with work — a staff meeting, planning for the multiracial Poor People’s March, where we made plans to occupy the National M ...

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