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Nov 23rd

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The curse of high expectations

(NNPA) - I went to Copenhagen as part of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Commission to Engage African Americans in Climate Control.  The Commission – led by Carolyn Green formerly of Sonoco - included environmental justice guru Robert Bullard, Dillard University professor and environmental justice leader Beverly Wright, Frank Steward of the Association of Blacks in Energy, Leslie Fields of the Sierra Club, and me. 
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King of the Blacks

My wife and I have big dreams for our children.  We want nothing for them but health, happiness and success and we recognize that a good education can be a step towards realizing that goal.  We also demand that our children perform up to their potential. The skills one learns in school – study habits, attention to detail, and meeting deadlines – are essential for success in the work world.   In this we are like every other parent in America. 
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States deny food stamps, public assistance to drug offenders

ATLANTA- Each year, hundreds of thousands of people released from U.S. prisons after felony drug convictions discover that serving time isn’t their only punishment.  They are permanently denied the life-sustaining benefits of food stamps and other public assistance.
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Barriers to college completion

In recent years, much attention has been paid to K-12 student performance, and rightly so. The educational foundation our children receive in schools prepares them for life; we must devote significant resources to ensuring that education is strong and comprehensive. But we must not forget about our students after they leave high school. College graduates are critical to maintaining a successful American economy.
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Bush neglected civil rights

George W. Bush’s term as president ended nearly a year ago but America is still feeling the effects of his presidency: an economic recession, two wars that drain both human and financial resources and a less than stellar reputation in the international community.  Thanks to a recently released report, we can now count neglecting civil rights among the many injustices former President Bush and his administration inflicted upon this country.  
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Joe Jackson: Root of an All-American dynasty

No matter how mainstream media implies Joe Jackson should be ostracized from “proper society”, actions of the family continually contradict that view.  While a large percentage of the American population scorns “Papa Joe”, not so among the Jacksons.  Mainstream media’s publics’ rile has been up since Joe Jackson sought a $15,000 a month allowance from Michael’s estate.  Should Joseph Walter Jackson be bestowed $180,000 per annum from Michael Jackson’s estate?   Should Papa Joe be viewed as a rouge, or role-model?  
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The "public option" in the liberal-progressive tradition

One of the things I have come to lament about this and previous Democratic administrations is the failure to uphold and educate the American people about the liberal-progressive tradition that has produced so many milestone benefits for workers, the poor, the middle class and people of color minorities. It is as if the conservatives have totally intimidated the left into hiding from its history of successfully advocating for ordinary people in the face of the avaricious forces of profit and greed.
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