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Thursday
Oct 23rd

Commentary

Thanksgiving means lifting up each other

(NNPA) - The last five weeks of the year, the days beginning with Thanksgiving and moving through the New Year, are days when we all wind down.  Some of us don’t want to admit it, citing business as usual. But the fact is that from the first thanksgiving party to the last holiday gift exchange, we have collectively decided that the year is over and we can’t do much about it.
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We cannot sit idly by and watch our innocent children die

(NNPA) - For decades now, I have traveled across this nation to listen, learn and absorb the concerns and frustrations of the community.  I’ve marched with victims of police brutality, consoled families who have viciously lost loved ones and called for transparency and proper judicial proceedings for those that have been wrongfully victimized by our system. 
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Know your rights: What to do when you get pulled over

The lights flash in your rearview mirror, and from that moment on law enforcement is gathering evidence to make an arrest. Knowing your rights, what to do and what not do, during a traffic or DWI stop can potentially save you hundreds of dollars in fines, months off a potential license suspension, and even jail time.
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African Americans disproportionately affected by the economic downturn

The current recession has certainly taken its toll on everyone. From large corporations to small businesses to families, most of us can fairly say that, in some way, we have suffered a financial loss. But African Americans, more than any other group, are disproportionately affected by the economic downturn. We are losing jobs at faster rates and, as a result, our net wealth is decreasing. Amid reports of an improving economy, many are still worried about their financial futures. America must continue to support its citizens so that they may withstand this downturn and not come out worse for the wear.
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Hate crime prevention law recognizes gender, sexual orientation, disability

"When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him." Bayard Rustin
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Too big to fail?

Supporters of slave reparations, argue that there is no equal opportunity for African Americans, nor has there ever been. Systematic discrimination deprives African Americans of equal chances and deserve justice and equal parity.  The clear lack of parity in the recent instances of bailouts for the rich and distain for stimulus or reparations to the descendants of slaves.  The Black American community’s population contribution to the wealth of America is too great to continue failing to address such inequity.
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Health care and the moral imperative

I am always troubled by those in government claiming they have a moral imperative to enact this or that policy.  A little digging often reveals that their motives are more self serving than moral.  I am doubly troubled when those raising the moral banner tend to reject the very idea of an objective morality applicable to all men at all times.
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