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Apr 20th

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It's time for an emergency summit on youth violence and fratricide

The video of the brutal murder of Derrion Albert, a teenage honor student in Chicago, by other teenagers sent shock waves across the nation. How is it that a group of young people could batter and stomp one of their peers to death in the midst of a throng of teenagers? In the past several years, Chicago has emerged as the capital of student murders. But, Chicago is not the only city in Black America plagued by student murders, youth violence and fratricide.
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A child’s race against a deadly disease

Two-year-old Case Hogan is a bright, happy child with a sunshine smile who is in a desperate race against a degenerative disease that is causing the gradual deterioration of his body. A medical diagnosis revealed that Case has Hunters Syndrome, also known as MPS II. This rare, incurable genetic disorder interferes with the body's process of breaking down and recycling molecules known as glycosaminoglycans or GAGs that build up and are stored in the joints, organs, and brain.
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The cost of health inequality

The notion that national health care reform will actually reduce health-related spending is turning out to be a tough sell for many Americans.  Just ask President Obama.   But the experience of racial and ethnic minorities under our current health care system serves as object lesson on how reform that improves opportunities for good health can actually be good for the nation’s fiscal health, as well.
Currently, not everyone in the United States enjoys the same health opportunities.  Studies show that minority Americans experience poorer than average health outcomes from cradle to the grave.  They are much more likely to die as infants, have higher rates of diseases and disabilities, and have shorter life spans.

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A political warranty

In his first year in office former president Bill Clinton, who had run as a centrist, was drawn into the new left vortex of socialized healthcare, which led to a resounding defeat for Clinton and the Democrats in the 1994 mid-term elections.  Current President Barack Obama too is attempting to reform healthcare and like Clinton has seen his popularity sink.  Some political pundits are drawing comparisons between the two administrations and positing that democrats are setting themselves up for a bit of a spanking come 2010. It is, as Shirley Bassey sang, “all just a little bit of history repeating.”

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IBW has impact at Congressional Black Caucus Conference

For years there has been a debate about the relevance of the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (CBC-ALC). Dubbed the premier political gathering in Black America, every September upwards of 20,000, including the who's who of Black America, descend on Washington, D.C. for four days of Issue Forums, Legislative Brain Trusts, shopping and freebies in the expansive Exhibition Hall, musical performances,  seemingly endless receptions and parties -- capped by a star-studded Dinner Gala with a minimum price tag of $750 per person. Progressive activists often focus on the receptions, the parties and the Dinner/Gala in suggesting that CBC-ALC is largely a waste of time.
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Partial to public or private?

Today’s debate over legislative issues such as health care, education, and energy boil down to whether public interests or private interests will benefit. I am partial to public. The word public is an adjective pertaining to, or affecting the people of a community, state, or nation.
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In Minnesota, Ethiopians brace for a dreaded visit

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Pulling up folding chairs to round tables, sipping hot sweet tea out of styrofoam cups and arguing politics into the afternoon, the men at the Horn Afrik café here last weekend all had the name of one man on their lips. Every time that man’s name was mentioned, the volume of chatter was deafening.
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