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Mar 01st

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New Orleans battles back

It’s been five years since Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma stormed into New Orleans, destroying lives, families and entire communities.  The city’s restoration has been slow going: early on, returning homeowners wanting to rebuild found themselves bogged down in red tape. The last two years, however, have brought about significant changes in the city’s landscape and once devastated neighborhoods are starting to thrive.

The two storms left New Orleans with more than 65,000 abandoned homes and empty lots. Anyone living in an urban environment can tell you that such blight will eventually lead to both an increase in crime and a decrease in the quality of life for community residents.  And that’s exactly what was happening in New Orleans, until local officials and community groups began to develop programs designed to do away with urban blight. 
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Stop the Bullying!

The problem of bullying in our nation’s schools has been in the headlines again, in large part because of a heartbreaking series of recent tragedies: children and youths who took their lives after they were bullied or harassed because their peers believed they were gay. We need to immediately send a clear message to all our children that bullying and harassment for this or any other reason is simply not acceptable. At the same time, we need to make sure that every child knows she or he is a gift from God and feels loved and accepted and valued the way they are.
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The world's rich Blacks

Black Americans perceive the occupational roles and personality characteristics portrayed on American media about Africa as real or true to life.  Operating under gross delusions, Black Americans think of themselves as “the world’s richest Blacks”.  But, if African Americans took at look at Black Africans they’d see who’s moving ahead in building wealth.

South Africa is a nation of 50 million people.  Seventy-five percent of the population is of Black African ancestry.  Black South Africans are literally “sitting on (a) gold mine” South Africa is a country with an abundant supply of resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors.  South Africa is ranked 25th in the world in terms of GDP.  The country’s advanced development is significantly localized around four areas: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Pretoria/Johannesburg.  Beyond these four economic centers, development is marginal and poverty is still prevalent despite, consequently the vast majority of South Africans are poor.   Unemployment is extremely high and South Africa is ranked in the top 10 countries in the world for income inequality.
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Election discrimination: Ballot or the bullet

Letter to the editor
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Tuesday morning I went to my neighborhood polling site to vote. Upon arriving at the Christ Lutheran Church in Eagan, I took my respective spot in line. As I waited in line I heard the normal questions being asked of my voting peers, “Does your I.D. match your address of record?” “Are you over the age of 18?” As I approached the voting official I was asked the exact same questions as those that preceded me, with one additional caveat….. “Do you have any felonies?”
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Sell-outs at the NAACP

For decades the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People fought the good fight against racial discrimination.  The organization was instrumental in defeating Jim Crow and discrimination in the work-place; it led the charge in establishing voting rights for all and equal access to quality education.   Even now the NAACP does some good work in local communities. However, as a national civil-rights organization, it has lost its way. 

In his seminal book, “The Souls of Black Folk,” NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. Dubois describes awakening to a morning “when men ask of the workmen, not ‘Is he white?’ but ‘Can he work?’  When men ask artists, not ‘Are they black?’ but ‘Do they know?’” 
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It's time to talk about reparation


I been down so long
That it looks like up to me

– Lyrics Black blues song

Barack Obama has publicly opposed reparations to the descendants of slaves since he stepped onto center stage American politics.  The nation's first Black President has sought to be politically neutral and not be seen as pandering to Blacks.  Barack Obama has gone from podium to podium taking the position that “government can combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all”.
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Clean Haiti's water


Shortly after the new year began, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left more than one million homeless. The promise of help came from around the world: individuals donated what they could and richer nations, including our own, pledged millions of dollars in support. Unfortunately, a significant number of those commitments have not been met. As the anniversary of the earthquake approaches, Haiti is still a broken country. To make matters worse, the tiny nation is battling a disease outbreak that, under better conditions, would be simple to treat.

Cases of cholera began popping up in rural Haiti in early October. Cholera is a disease that causes intestinal distress in its victims: vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. These symptoms can lead to dehydration; if not treated, an infected person could die. And that’s just what’s been happening in Haiti. To date, there have been over 3,000 cases of the disease and more than 250 deaths.
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