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Suit filed to stop Michigan's emergency manager law

What is happening in Michigan "is a threat to everyone in this nation," said Al Sharpton. "If you get away with it in Detroit, you can get away with it all over the nation."

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New York City elections hold promise of change

During the last 20 years of the Giuliani and then Bloomberg administrations, the living standards of the 99 percent have steadily declined, while the wealth of the 1 percent has risen.

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Service employees: Reform must include concerns of black immigrants

Judith Howell has a message for Congress: Pass comprehensive immigration reform and don't forget or brush aside the concerns of immigrants and their descendants who happen to be black.

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Doctors link childhood trauma, poverty with gun violence

Chicago has become the national spotlight for gun violence, especially affecting African American teenagers and children.

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Today in women's history: Long live Fannie Lou Hamer

On this day in 1977 Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer passed away.

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New Yorkers celebrate Black History Month

NEW YORK - It was a standing room only audience rejoicing at the wonderful program of song, poetry and inspiring speeches at the "We're Not Going Back" Black History event at Unity Center here.

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The war in Newark, 1967

I sat for two hours copying word for word the reports of the gunshot wounds that ultimately killed 26 people in Newark. Most of them died from gunshot wounds in the back.

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Labor mobilizes to save Voting Rights Act

Voting rights were high on the agenda of the AFL-CIO's executive council meeting February 27 as the Supreme Court heard a challenge to Section 5 of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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Remember Trayvon Martin, with video

One year ago, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin because he thought the young man looked suspicious. And one year later, what happened that night still outrages us.

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Ghosts of Memphis’ slave past: Fallout over renaming Confederate parks

The effort to rename Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, a memorial to the Confederate General, pre-war slave trader, and post-war founder of the Ku Klux Klan, recently began.

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