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Now! The Real Work Begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments, and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago.  Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, and an impassioned charge by former President Bill Clinton, the delegates were roused and the pressure wa ...

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Parting of the Red sea – The Epic Saga of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union

By Shavon Bailey There is a war waging in Chicago between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), led by Karen Lewis and the Chicago Board of Education (Board), led by Mayor Rahm Emaunel of epic proportion.  Not in 25 years have we seen such a contentious battle between CTU and the Board.  Karen Lewis is the proverbial “Moses”, trying to lead her teachers (the Israelites) to the Promised Land; and Mayor Rahm Eman ...

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Rep. Clyburn Says GOP Took ‘Blood Oath’ to Block President Obama

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from The Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C. (NNPA) – Rep. James Clyburn, the third most powerful member of Congress, charges that from the moment President Obama assumed office, Republicans in Congress placed party politics ahead of the interests of the nation. In an interview last week on the WAUG-AM radio program “Make It Happen,” Clyburn said, “They met on the night ...

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SHOW ME THE MONEY: The Black Vote Again Being Taken For Granted

By Cloves Campbell NNPA Chairman There are less 100 days until voters throughout the country cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as candidates for U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, state legislatures and city councils. The campaign war chests for President Obama and Mitt Romney total almost $3 billion! However, as of this writing, not one dollar has been ...

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“Executing Justice-Praise God For Justice”

FIRST WORDS… As we explore this new unit for the month of August, we are fortunate to see how God promised justice to his people.  We move to one of the most noted books of the Bible – Psalm.  It is evident that God supports and maintains His people so that all of our lives can be dedicated to offering and rendering Him the praise He is due. A PRAISE FOR JUSTICE (v. 1-2) As the lesson opens, between verses ...

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The Decline of Civil Liberties

By Wilmer J. Leon III NNPA Columnist Some of the most sweeping decisions pertaining to civil liberties for Americans came during the Warren Court (1953-1969). The Warren Court ended school segregation with the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision.  In Mapp v. Ohio (1961) the Warren Court established the exclusionary rule which banned courts from using evidence obtained in violation of the Fourteenth ...

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Congress Is Out Of Order

By Gary L. Flowers NNPA Columnist Last week, in the latest example of political posturing, the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for not producing certain documents relating to the “Fast and Furious” program of providing guns to drug gangs and tracking their use in Mexico. The White House, meanwhile, cited executive pri ...

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Taking Care Of Those Who Take Care Of Us

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Ai-Jen Poo, a powerful and passionate advocate for the rights of domestic workers, leads the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  Who are these folks?  They are the private household workers (maids) who propped up inept women in the movie, The Help. They are the home health aides who take care of our elders when they are ill or disabled, bringing them meals, bathing them, ...

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Home-Ownership Declines As Number Of Renters Grows

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Despite some signs of housing recovery America remains a nation burdened by high housing costs, according to a new report from Harvard University. The report, State of the Nation’s Housing 2012, finds some signs of recovery in the housing market in spite of continuing concerns about foreclosures and the border economy. Whether renting or buying a home, the number of househ ...

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Chicago is The Ultimate “Too City”

By Marshall Hatch, Senior Pastor New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church [caption id="attachment_1395" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Left to Right Kenneth Ayers, Ke'nya Ayer And Jacorey Allen"][/caption] Chicago is fast reclaiming the title of America ’s capital of murder and mayhem.  In the last three weekends, the city had over one-hundred shootings and eighteen murders. Chicago has becom ...

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