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Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In schools today, Black students get suspended at a rate that is more than triple the rate of their White classmates. As the uneven enforcement of zero tolerance policies disconnect minority students from their schools, juvenile detention centers and, in some cases, adult prisons welcome them with open arms. Data collected by the Office for ...

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Turn Pain Into Power

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist When Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, spoke at the Children’s Defense Fund’s recent national conference, she shared some details about her son that reminded the audience both how special Trayvon was to his family and at the same time how much the happy, social high school student was like any mother’s child. “He was very affectionate. He loved to hug and kiss ...

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Gov. Perdue Issues Pardon of Innocence for Wilmington 10

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today signed a Pardon of Innocence for the Wilmington 10 and issued the following statement: “I have spent a great deal of time over the past seven months reviewing the pardon of innocence requests of the persons collectively known as the Wilmington Ten. This topic evokes strong opinions from many North Carolinians as it hearkens back to a very difficult time in our state’s past, a ...

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City Of Chicago To Offer Christmas Tree Recycling At 23 Citywide Locations, January 5-18, 2013

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), in partnership with the Chicago Park District, invites residents to recycle their Christmas trees, January 5-18, 2013, to help keep alleys clear, and reduce the amount of materials deposited in landfills. “Recycling Christmas trees is an easy way for residents to make a big impact on the environment,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Each year, we are able to ...

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Those Seeking To Replace Jackson Make Their Case

By J. Coyden Palmer Special to the NNPA from the Chicago Crusader STATE SENATOR Donne Trotter emerged from Saturday’s slating by Democratic party leaders as the favorite to replace former Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr. But neither Trotter nor any other candidate got a majority of the vote. Over a dozen announced candidates for the 2nd Congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. last month told a group of Democ ...

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Remembering Rev. Doctor Lewis Flowers

Rev. Flowers was a tireless worker in this community for over 40 years. He was a constant fixture. Whenever there was a crisis or problem he was willing to work on solutions and follow through with actions to solve the problem. “The loss of Rev. Lewis Flowers reminds us how much our city gained from his life of love and service to our city,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Rev. Flowers is justly ce ...

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HIV / AIDS Take Toll on Black Youth

By Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although Black and Latina youth represent only 35 percent of all U.S. teenagers, they accounted for 84.4 percent of all newly HIV-infected teenagers in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Blacks ages 13 through 24 accounted for more than a quarter of new HIV infections in 2010 in the U.S. Of the newly-infected in ...

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CPS Launches Charter Renewal Process to Close Underperforming Charters and Retain High-Performers

Chicago – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced the process and timeline for its comprehensive review of the District’s charter school contract agreements that end on June 30, 2013. This process is governed by Illinois State School Code. All renewal recommendations will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education for approval during the January 2013 Board meeting. Charter schools that do not meet ...

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Falling Off The Fiscal Cliff

By James Clingman Falling off the Fiscal Cliff Will we jump from the cliff?  Congress and the president will determine whether we fall, jump, or back away from the cliff.  While I trust they will get together and make the right decision, I think we should be prepared for the worst case scenario.  How do we prepare?  First of all, learn what the fiscal cliff and its implications are for your personal economy ...

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Mayor Emanuel Announces $1.25 Million Investment in Austin Polytechnical Academy

Returned TIF Funds from United Airlines Will Foster New Programming; Efforts Directly Support Strategies from Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs; Program Constructed with Complete Cooperation and Support of Labor Unions Mayor Emanuel announced today that $1.25 million in recovered TIF funds will be used to create new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing programs at Austin Polytechnical Academy, to train t ...

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