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National Urban League mourns the loss of trailblazing journalist Simeon Booker

“Glaring down at us from the truck were five White men, armed to the teeth with shotguns ... All five sprang from the truck and surrounded the car. ‘Get out,’ the huskiest one snapped. ‘Who are you n----rs and where are you going?’ I couldn’t think of anything but the truth so I told them, ‘We’re reporters down here to cover the [Emmett Till] murder trial. We took the wrong road and got lost.’ ‘You n----rs have no business around here,’ he sneered. ‘You’re just stirring up trouble.’ Directing us to keep our hands above our heads, they frisked both of us then searched the car … After what seemed like a lifetime, the ‘hunters’ were satisfied with having scared the hell out of us and having ended their search ordered us to ‘get the hell out’ of there.”

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Another health program taken away: Will CHIP receive reauthorization funding?

Ever since its inception, the Children’s Health Insurance Program has been vital in ensuring our nation’s most vulnerable children have the opportunity to have a healthy and fulfilling childhood. The legislation has been reauthorized multiple times with broad bipartisan support. However, the current Republican-led Congress is threatening to put children in our district in danger of losing this essential service.

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Black women stand up for justice, demand respect

American democracy was saved by the Black voters of Alabama and Black women. The South continues to be threatened by racist, sexist politics of men like Roy Moore, who represents what’s worst about American politics. The politics of hate, the politics of intolerance.

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The god of evangelicals is not The Sovereign God

During the recent Alabama senate race, it was troubling, to say the least, to hear candidate Roy Moore, an alleged pedophile, refer to “the Lord Jesus” and lift his “Christian values” as a way to attract voters.

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Lawmakers plot with payday lenders to end consumer bureau rule to stop the debt trap

The phrase “It ain’t over until it’s over” was first made famous by the late New York Yankees pitcher Yogi Berra. It was one of many enduring Yogi-isms – humorous phrases that were often grammatically-challenged. Even so, people usually understood what he meant to convey.

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Ferguson reviewing nearly 8,000 old court cases

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is reviewing nearly 8,000 municipal court cases from before 2014 to determine which should be thrown out, a process expected to take about six months, the attorney for the St. Louis suburb told a federal judge Dec. 12.

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Chronic conditions more common in African Americans

Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke are among the most common causes of illness, disability and death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These chronic conditions and the factors that lead to them can be more common or severe in minorities, including African Americans.

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Black women seek rewards from Democrats after helping Alabama race

Once again, Black women showed up for Democrats, with nearly all of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months.

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Sankofa Garden Homes: Holiday gifts fresh from the garden

As we prepare to engage in gift giving, many of us would not think of giving food as a gift. I can remember when we would give wrapped fruit baskets with red bows as gifts. While most people did not raise the fruit, it was the fact that the fruit was a healthy gift that reminded us of the fact that food is essential to healthy eating.

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‘Hungry child, I didn’t make this world for you’

They have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek … they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless… and they do not defend the rights of the needy." – Jeremiah 5:27-28

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President’s claim to be above the law is ‘an affront to the very principle on which our system is built’

“No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.” – Theodore Roosevelt, Third Annual Message, December 7, 1903

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Some Christians applaud Trump’s decision to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel

While there are a fair number of Americans, some Christian and some not, who are unhappy about the president’s unilateral decision to name Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, there are many Christians who support this decision and see it as a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

President Trump’s irresponsible political theater to grant recognition of unified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a deliberate provocation that puts Palestinian, Israeli and American lives at risk.

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You can lay the groundwork for reforming Congress

The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process – all were established to give Americans a voice in their own governance. We are still striving to make that vision real for all, but we are closer than ever.

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The false slogan of ‘right-to-work’: An attack on worker freedom

Today’s economy is rigged against working families and in favor of the wealthy and the powerful. That’s not by accident. CEOs and the politicians who do their bidding have written the rules that way, advancing their own interests at the expense of everyone else.

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Officials: Patients at risk at Timberlawn psychiatric hospital

Federal officials have warned that patients at a Dallas psychiatric hospital are in “immediate jeopardy” two years after Texas regulators threatened to close the facility over severe safety problems, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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Rally calls on NFL to stand up for Black lives

“I accept this award not for myself but on behalf of the people, because it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested, and if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today,” said Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, after receiving the Muhammed Ali Legacy Award last week at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

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Mid-Cities to host inaugural MLK parade and celebration

The memory and legacy of arguably the world’s best known civil rights pioneer was the subject of a recent announcement in Arlington.

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Coalition calls for reform of Texas’s youth detention facilities

In the midst of a national campaign to bring awareness and crack down on sexual harassment, allegations of sexual misconduct were made against multiple staff at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in Gainesville last month.

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Former Texas cop indicted in shooting of Black man

A former police officer in a Dallas suburb has been indicted in the shooting of Lyndo Jones, a Black man who was mistaken for a burglar while trying to unlock his own truck. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson announced that a grand jury on Dec. 6 indicted former Mesquite police officer Derick Wiley, 31, who is also Black, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant in the Nov. 8 shooting of Jones, who survived.

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