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Julianne Malveaux…Five Years After the Levees Broke

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(NNPA) - On Aug. 29, we will commemorate five years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, broke its levees and drowned the city in feet of water.  Five years ago our nation exhibited some of the most profound indifference...

Celebrating 90 Years of Women Voting

When my great-grandmother arrived in Baltimore from Poland, she was 16 years old, here to marry a man she’d never met. She had no money in her pocket, but she had the American dream in her heart. While she was...

Bealefeld and Jessamy

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The people of Baltimore depend on the mayor, police commissioner and state's attorney to work together to increase the safety of the city. By and large, they do not care how it is done – as long as it...

Support the NAACP

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Back in March, I delivered a speech to an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet in my home state of Georgia. I drew on my personal life story to urge poor people, White and Black, to pull together and overcome racial...

Chris Jack Hill…Mass Incarceration for Troubled Black Youth

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After Davon was arrested at the tender age of 16, he was charged with murder. His slinky arms and slender frame fit perfectly in a small holding cell at the juvenile unit in Baltimore City. Nothing would seem amiss...

Elijah Cummings…Standing up for America’s Priorities

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Americans are recovering from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and I am confident we will succeed. However, we also must consider where we and our families will be, economically, when our nation’s economic recovery is complete. Encouraging...

Rawle Andrews Jr….Social Security Anniversary

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This month we mark the diamond anniversary of a national treasure – Social Security, signed into law on Aug. 14, 1935. It’s a time to celebrate Social Security’s remarkable success. It’s also a time when false assumptions are undermining...

Susan Barnes…The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did On Computer

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I just upgraded to Windows 7, and the way I did it was the dumbest thing I've ever done to this computer. What saved me was that the computer is a great brand and the company, Toshiba, can fix...

Rev. S. Todd Yeary, Ph.D…A Tragic Indifference

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Once again, the United States Congress has failed to correct the government’s modern institutional injustice against Black farmers. After years of racist neglect of Black farmers by the Department of Agriculture that ultimately led to the loss of Black...

Arlene Holt Baker…Save Our Homes Fight Foreclosures in D.C.

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For many Americans, protecting your home just gets harder and harder. Just ask Gloria. After trying to refinance her home in 2004, she and her husband were saddled with an adjustable rate mortgage. Now, thanks to rising payments, they’re...

Deborah Mathis…Idea to Repeal 14th Amendment Sick, Desperate

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Sociologists and historians would remind us that it is the kind of thing to be expected when the country is in social upheaval and economic stress. Folks start looking for scapegoats, and they usually point the finger of blame...

Ron Walters…Blacks Split With Obama Over Education Reform

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(NNPA) — At the recent National Urban League convention, President Obama’s speech took aim at criticisms launched by the Black civil rights community over the educational reforms proposed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The 17-page document, “Framework for Providing...

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