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Obama’s Showdown with ‘Teapublicans’

CurryGeorgeBW0511By George E. Curry

Believe it or not, President Obama’s decision to finally stand up to Teapublicans – a Republican Party hijacked by Right-wing Tea Party zealots – in the latest standoff over the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling was the easy part.

Next comes the real fireworks over the budget. And, judging from the past, the Democrats are  likely to wave the white flag of surrender, even

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Getting Education Right From the Beginning

EdelmanMarionWright10-14By Marian Wright Edelman

 [We found that] if we created the right wraparound programs, the right preschool programs that were strong enough and rigorous enough, that fed into a rigorous pre-K through 3 program that fed into a middle school and a high school that actually works and inspired as well as prepared the child, you could have marvelous things happening . . . It all starts in the first 720 days—pre-K, K, 1, and 2. If you don’t get those

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A Slave to Slavery Comparisons

Malveaux JulianneBy Julianne Malveaux

The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration had done to right that wrong. As a health advocate, he must have

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New Fed Chair Needs to Back Main Street

Marc-Morial-HeadshotBy Marc H. Morial

 “The Federal Reserve Chairman is not only one of the most important economic policymakers in America, he or she is one of the most important policymakers in the world.” President Barack Obama

Welcome to the season of big decisions in Washington. In the coming days, President Obama will have to decide whether to order a military

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Congress is Eating Away at Food Stamps

Malveaux JulianneBy Julianne Malveaux

Steven and Laurie, a White married couple that lives near Richmond, Va., work at a big box store.  She is a cashier; he works in the storeroom.  Each earns about $9 an hour but neither works 40 hours a week.  Indeed, they are lucky to pull 40 hours a week combined.  Sometimes weeks they are fortunate enough to pull 45 hours a week between them.  Some weeks their combined hours are just 30.

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1963 was the Pivotal Year for Civil Rights

Curry GeorgeBy George E. Curry

In the modern civil rights era, no year stands out in my memory more than 1963. I was a sophomore at Druid High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and living in McKenzie Court, the all-Black housing project on the west side of town. After a life of second-class citizenship, I finally saw the walls of segregation crumbling.

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The Push for Digital Equality

MorialMarcBW07-19By Marc H. Morial

 The question of equality was a catalyst for the creation of this great Republic. The need for new ideas and approaches led our forefathers to be innovative. One hundred and fifty years ago, President Lincoln employed such thinking in the writing of the Emancipation Proclamation that changed the course of history and the destiny of millions of new Americans. Fifty years ago, a coalition of civil rights, social justice and labor

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‘Never’ Say We Haven’t Made Progress

Curry GeorgeBy George E. Curry

NNPA Columnist

 Selma, Ala., the county seat of Dallas County, was a bastion of White supremacy in 1965. At the time, of the 15,000 potential Black voters, only 300 were registered. In response to chants of “We Shall Overcome,” by civil rights protesters, Sheriff Jim Clark wore a button on his uniform declaring,

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D.C. March Leaders Lacked Boldness

DanielsRon0818 By Ron Daniels

I was privileged to attend the March on Washington in 1963, and count it as one of the most profound experiences of my life.  The sheer outpouring of thousands of people, particularly Black people, was a testament to our aspirations and determination to win jobs, justice and freedom. The March proved to be a decisive moment in the Black Freedom Struggle and for the nation. On August 24, I was privileged to

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Black Media Slighted as Spending Power Exceeds $1Trillion

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although annual Black spending is projected to rise from its current $1 trillion to $1.3 tr...
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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 A...
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UCI Medal event honors recipients, helps students

Event proceeds will provide scholarships and fellowships An annual UC Irvine gala celebrating recipients of the UCI Medal raised more than $1 million, whi...
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OC, Sister Talk, Closing Black Gaps on Campus

by Dianne Anderson Sister Talk, one of the strongest African American groups on Orange County campuses, represents more than just an upcoming tea for mom...
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