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Apr 20th

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Employment gap creates economic divide

Employment gap creates economic divideComing the day after the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the new unemployment numbers show that unemployment is still high - and remains much higher for African Americans.
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The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Federal Government must step up

The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Federal Government must step upForty years ago, the Supreme Court created an unmitigated disaster for our nation's school children when it ruled on the case of San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez.
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The State of Equality and Justice in America: Masters of our own fate

The State of Equality and Justice in America: Masters of our own fate"It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared." - Whitney M. Young
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$250k a year: Rich or not rich?

How much should you earn to be considered middle class? To be considered rich? Pinning down clear numbers is more complicated than you might think. During his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney stirred controversy when he grouped households earning $250,000 with the middle class. Rich and poor are relative terms, and our judgment of these categories is often informed by feeling, not fact.
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A year later, Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings

A year later, Trayvon Martin tragedy still stingsOne year later, the Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings - and some people are still throwing salt on the open wound. Last week George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman, posted a tweet comparing Trayvon Martin to De'Marquis Elkins, 17-year-old Black teenager charged with fatally shooting a one-year-old baby.
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Listen to the children

"My friends are dead. I saw the bad man. He was next to me
when we ran out."
"I played ball with him. Now he is dead."
"My friend got killed cause she didn't hide good enough."
"Do you think it is my fault?"
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The new middle class family

It's easy to forget that multigenerational households were once the rule, not the exception. The 1950s nuclear family was only possible because a thriving middle class and social safety net fostered newfound economic mobility. But the middle class has shrunk considerably in the last few decades, besieged by years of stagnant wages, rising debts and a growing concentration of wealth at the very top. It's clear that nuclear families no longer make sense for everybody. In fact, thanks to its compelling economic advantages, multigenerational families may become the new norm in today's post-recession economy.
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