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Dec 01st


End gay discrimination

The United States is suffering from an identity crisis when it comes to the rights and safety of homosexuals and lesbians. On the one hand, the government says it respects the rights of gays to live as domestic partners, to be free from violence and to work in whatever field they choose, even the military.  Yet, the government seems to do very little – and even contradicts itself – when it comes to making these ideas reality.

What's the President's plan for Blacks?

We have to finish the plan you elected me to put in place - President Barack Obama.

The November 2010 Midterm elections will become the most expensive in American history.  Estimated to cost $5 billion or more, the 2010 Midterms will be the biggest test of US public opinion since the 2008 White House race.  In the final stretch of the 2010 congressional elections, President Obama & the Democrats are leaning on the Black vote big time.  Will we be rewarded if we vote in big numbers or just be part of the party’s base that continues being neglected and taken for granted?

Cease public defender fees

Even if you’ve never encountered the criminal justice system, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you.” What you may not know is that, in many states, defendants are being charged for that court appointed attorney. This increasing trend is leading many poor defendants to waive their legal right to representation and, instead, represent themselves.

The Minneapolis Urban League: From sustained advocacy to strategic action

The Minneapolis Urban League: From sustained advocacy to strategic actionIn Minnesota, every 53 minutes a child is born into poverty; every hour a child is abused or neglected, and every day before his or her first birthday a child dies. Every ten days a child or teen is killed by gunfire, and for every 100 African-American students enrolled in the public schools, 14.4 were suspended. These are the facts as reported by the Children’s Defense Fund in its 2009-Moments in the States.  These are but a few of the life concerns which confront our youth of promise.

For the 2007-08 school year, the Minnesota State Department of Education noted that “the four-year-graduation rate for all the state's Black males and Black females was only 41 percent.”

We marched, now what?

We marched, now what? At the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, Dr. King noted that his march was not an end, but a beginning. He knew that it alone would not create the change that the country so desperately needed. His coalition of civil rights, religious groups, and labor organizations would go on to register voters and help struggling Americans gain equal access to voting rights, fair housing and employment opportunities. The One Nation Working Together march in Washington, D.C., on October 2, while unprecedented in unifying Americans from all corners, was only the most recent step forward on Dr. King’s long march for jobs and freedom.

Humorless Muslims and annoying Christians

I am curious to see what happens when President Obama invites Molly Norris to the White House for a beer.  Oh, Wait…Molly Norris can’t go to the White House for beer because Molly Norris no longer exists; any trace of her has been wiped clean.

Norris, a Seattle cartoonist, was the unfortunate, creative mind who conceived of “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.”   Ironically, her satirical comment on the demise of free speech in America led to protests and death threats from fundamentalists Muslims, who apparently take cartooning very seriously.  Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric who became an al-Qaida leader, then issued a fatwa.  According to this man of God, the mere suggestion that people should draw Muhammad was cause for assassination. The FBI then suggested that Norris “go ghost,” which is to say, move from her home, change her name, stop drawing her cartoon—essentially wipe away any trace of her existence.

New regulations on career schools will hurt African Americans

WASHINGTON—The US Department of Education recently proposed a series of rules aimed at tightening regulatory oversight of career colleges. But the new standards, if enacted, are a classic example of the federal government doing more harm than good. In this case, many African American youths and working adults will be the victims.

Under the proposed rules, students at career colleges would be ineligible for federal loans and grants if their chosen career school doesn’t meet certain guidelines pertaining to the institution’s default rate on student loans and the salary level of its graduates. The reasoning behind these rules is ridiculous: How can the value and worthiness of an educational establishment be gauged by how many students default on their loans?    
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