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America Decides: 2012

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Each morning, when I watch the neighborhood children on their way to school, I am re-inspired to do everything within my power to keep our nation’s promise to them. “Develop your talents and work hard,” we counsel our young,...

George E. Curry…Remembering Ron Walters at Christmas

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Around this time every year, shortly before I leave to visit my mother in Augusta, Ga. for Christmas, I attend a party at the home of Pat and Ron Walters in Silver Spring, Md. I attended the annual party...

Julianne Malveaux…Robert Champion: Drum Major for Change

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Most parents of college students look forward to December, when their students come home for the holidays. Some are so excited to see their offspring home that they actually come to their colleges to pick them up. Others prepare...

Maryland Voter Protection

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While too many Republican-dominated state legislatures have been making it more difficult for minorities, young adults and the elderly to vote, Marylanders have taken important steps toward the democratic ideal of “every voter counts, every vote is counted.” Those who...

“A Prayer For This Holy Season”

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God help us to end poverty in our time. The poverty of having a child with too little to eat and no place to sleep, no air, sunlight and space to breathe, bask, and grow. The poverty of watching...

Gingrich Preys on the Weak

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Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich appeals to working Americans by slandering the poor. Gingrich recently denounced child labor laws as “truly stupid,” suggesting that schools should fire janitors and hire students under the age of 16 to clean the place. When...

More Faces of Child Poverty

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Would you recognize a poor child when you saw one? Nine-year-old Carolyn Latimore and her sister Aalijah, 8, are beautiful little girls with big smiles on their faces. But Carolyn, Aalijah, and their older brother, Robert, 17, of Middletown,...

The Obama Blueprint for Re-Election

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With the next election 11 months away, President Obama has begun sharpening his populist message and drawing a sharp contrast between his vision for America and the Republican alternative. Obama’s speech last week in Osawatomie, Kansas, provided an example of...

When a Child Kills Himself: Bullying and its Consequences

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I hope you watched “Extreme Home Makeover” on Dec. 2 as I did.  For me it was an opportunity of pride, as Bennett student Dominique Walker was featured, with her family, for a trip to Los Angeles, and a...

Encourage a Veteran to Get, Stay Healthy

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On behalf of the employees and volunteers at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System, I would like to thank our veterans for their military service and to wish them and their families a wonderful holiday season and...

Standing for Freedom

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Our voting rights are under attack. In legislatures across the county, misguided state politicians have proposed, and in too many cases have passed, laws that create obstacles to voting.  That is why on Dec. 10 – International Human Rights...

“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around”

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It has scarcely been 50 years since civil rights laws were enacted in this country that gave to us, at least on paper, a shot at the American dream. Suddenly, poor people and Black people were legally afforded an...

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