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Sep 17th

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Jasmine Lynn: No hiding place from gun violence

Nineteen-year-old Jasmine Lynn arrived at Atlanta's Spelman College, my alma mater, as a smart, dedicated student full of promise. She was a psychology major with a 3.8 grade point average who wanted to be a lawyer. Her friends knew her as "a beautiful, free spirited ball of energy [who] always had a smile on her face." But last September, just a few weeks into her sophomore year at Spelman, Jasmine was walking with friends on the nearby campus of Clark Atlanta University when she was hit and killed by a stray bullet.
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Shame on Haiti critics

The impoverished nation of Haiti recently suffered a devastating earthquake. The damage and death toll mark this as one of the biggest natural disasters in the last century. In a real show of humanity and brotherhood, the world has come forward, offering prayers and monetary support to Haiti. There are a few, however, who have sunk lower than most of us can imagine, making insensitive and inappropriate comments about Haiti at a time when the country needs and deserves our compassion.
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Take action and serve

Take action and serveAs we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. some will celebrate through our fellowship of remembrance, a day off from work, or a heightened spirit of service. Whether we attend a celebratory breakfast or lunch or roll up our sleeves to volunteer, we have a tremendous opportunity to use this time as a time of renewal and recommitment to the movement of securing the dream King preached about 46 years ago. Today, we can celebrate how far our people have come --from the cotton fields all the way to the White House.
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Ratings pay for teachers

After years of fighting proposals that would tie teacher salaries directly to student performance, the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second largest teacher’s union, is showing signs of coming around. While the union does not directly support the idea of merit pay, it does now favor ratings pay for teachers, moving closer toward the Obama administration’s desire to hold teacher’s accountable – rewarding or punishing them financially – for student success.
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Harry Reid is not a racist

Harry Reid is not racist and Republican calls for his resignation are misguided.  There I said it.  
The senate majority leader has recently come under fire for remarks attributed to him in the new book “Game Change.” Authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann say that in 2008 Reid described then candidate Obama as a " 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.'”  The comments have been seen by some as being racially insensitive.
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Jobs in Clean Energy offer opportunities for African-Americans

Jobs in Clean Energy offer opportunities for African-Americans(NNPA) - Is there anything more important than reducing the federal deficit? Yes, it’s creating well-paying jobs in major industries to lift the United States out of the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression.
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On Harry Reid's "Light Skinned' comment: W.E.B. Du Bois was right

(NNPA) - The problem of the twentieth century, wrote scholar-activist WEB DuBois in 1903, is the problem of the color line, “the relation of the darker to the lighter races in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” 
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