Politics

Yes, marching still makes a difference

Yes, marching still makes a difference

| December 16, 2014

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” “No Justice, No Peace,” “I Can’t Breathe” “Black Lives Matter” Those are the chants and hand-written signs that continue to characterize marches, die-ins, sit-ins and other non-violent actions in more than 50 cities across the nation in response to grand jury decisions in Missouri […]

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Police shooting victims lives worth less than ham sandwich

Police shooting victims lives worth less than ham sandwich

| December 16, 2014

The archaic grand jury system By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In Tom Wolfe’s best-selling The Bonfire of the Vanities, New York State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously said “a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich, if that’s what you wanted.” Given the recent failure of grand juries to indict Darren Wilson, a white […]

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Indiana African American Dems elect officers

Indiana African American Dems elect officers

| December 10, 2014

FORT WAYNE—On Aug. 23, at the Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) held in French Lick, Ind., officers for the 2015-2016 terms were elected for the State Indiana Democrat African American Caucus (IDAAC). They are as follows: • President—Tonda Pauley, Evansville. • Vice-President—Barrett Barry, South Bend. • Secretary—Zanzer Anderson, Elkhart. • Treasurer—Sharon Dunson, Indianapolis. The new […]

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Integrating into a burning house

Integrating into a burning house

| December 10, 2014

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last conversation with Harry Belafonte echoed in my head as I watched the Ferguson aftermath send the country in a tailspin: “I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply. We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I […]

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A perverted view of black on black crime

A perverted view of black on black crime

| December 10, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In the aftermath of a black teen being killed in Ferguson, Mo., former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked a simple question on the NBC television’s “Meet the Press.” Do you think that blacks have a legitimate complaint about racial discrimination by police in their communities? After […]

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Recycling failed education policies

Recycling failed education policies

| December 10, 2014

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander will likely become chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Though he has yet to be elected by his Republican peers, he has given several interviews that indicate how he would change the way educational services are delivered in our country. For all […]

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Spotlight on Richard A. Stevenson Sr., Wayne Township Trustee (part two of two)

Spotlight on Richard A. Stevenson Sr., Wayne Township Trustee (part two of two)

| December 3, 2014

  By Jeanie Summerville What’s up, babies? Last week while celebrating life and love, in part one of this spotlight, you learned that Wayne Township Trustee, Rick Stevenson, was honored as a Lion on Nov. 15, 2014 at the Fort Wayne Urban League Gala Extravaganza. You also learned that he just won his third term […]

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Midterm election lies and consequences

Midterm election lies and consequences

| November 26, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist One source of the widespread losses the Democratic Party suffered this month in the midterm elections can be traced to the Ebola crisis that began claiming numerous victims across the U.S. last month—a crisis many attributed to the managerial incompetence of President Obama for not preventing the disease’s appearance […]

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It Is Well With My Soul moves F.U.N. Fridays to Tuesdays with discussion of women in politics

It Is Well With My Soul moves F.U.N. Fridays to Tuesdays with discussion of women in politics

| November 25, 2014

FORT WAYNE—-According to the 2010 census, the gender makeup of Fort Wayne is 48.4 percent male and 51.6 percent female. The number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential election since 1964. Females outnumber males in number of registered voters. Yet, women are by far underrepresented in elected officials. […]

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Republicans can make headway with blacks

Republicans can make headway with blacks

| November 24, 2014

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Last week’s midterm elections were historic.  Republicans regained control of the U.S. Senate, increased their majority in the House, and expanded their majority among governors.  While these gains were historic and impressive, there was a bigger story that no one is talking about. According to early polling figures, black participation […]

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