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Jul 23rd

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The Experience of a Life Time: Reflections on cruising into history 2004

Five years ago, August 14-21, more than 500 African Americans, Haitian Americans and Friends of Haiti set sail from the Port of Miami on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Navigator of the Seas for an extraordinary journey -- Cruising Into History, a Caribbean Pilgrimage to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution, which produced the first Black Republic in this hemisphere. The vision and mission of this remarkable Pilgrimage was to lift the veil of ignorance and misconceptions surrounding Haiti by exposing the participants to the rich history, culture and heritage of a much maligned people and nation.
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Promoting and practicing Pan Africanism in the Diaspora

I recently wrote an article in memory of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey in which I discussed the challenges of implementing the concept of Pan Africanism in the global context, particularly as it relates to the unification and development of Africa.  I suggested that it may be the African Diaspora that will once more play a major role in articulating a progressive vision and program for Pan Africanism in the 21st century.
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In Memory of Marcus Garvey: The challenge of Pan Africanism in our time

I always enjoy writing at this time of the year because it gives me an opportunity to pay tribute to the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, arguably the greatest mass organizer people of African descent have produced. Born August 17, 1887 in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, Garvey was the founder and President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).
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The real myth of health insurance reform

One of the more pernicious myths surrounding the debate over health care is the oft repeated claim that conservatives do not want reform.  Nonsense!  What we do not want is the warm bucket of snake oil currently being sold to the American people by this administration.   Conservatives have long argued for the need to reduce mandated benefits, reduce the reliance on third-party payers and get rid of public policies that hinder entrepreneurship and innovation.  This is the kind of reform conservatives want – the right kind of reform.
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Katrina's children—Still struggling

"Dear President Obama: My name is Jade Windon, 7th grade student at McDonogh 42 Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. President, I write to you expressing how many of our lives continue to be affected today by the storm that happened almost four years ago. Hurricane Katrina devastated the lives of everyone here and in the Gulf Coast region. Here in New Orleans, we are making very little progress. Our communities are still feeling the effects of Katrina. I ask you Mr. President to please help us rebuild our lives and city. Our school, jobs and health care are just a few of the things that I would like to see fixed. Thank you Mr. President and may God Bless America, especially New Orleans. Sincerely, Jade Windon."
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Senator Ted Kennedy fought to achieve the greatest good across race and class

Senator Ted Kennedy fought to achieve the greatest good across race and classSenator Ted Kennedy certainly epitomized Aristotle’s “Man of Practical Wisdom” when it came to fulfilling Plato’s vision of what government should be about, “seeking the greatest good for the greatest number.”
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Real healthcare requires a real public option

Throughout the month of August, defenders of the healthcare status quo have assailed efforts to reform a system in crisis. They have raised any number of spurious claims ranging from the absurd to the macabre in a desperate attempt to stand between 47 million uninsured Americans and their doctors. But the debate over reforming America’s broken healthcare system isn’t only about covering the uninsured. We must also control the escalating premiums and deductibles draining the bank accounts of the two-thirds of Americans with health insurance.
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