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Are Individuals at Fault? No, Institutions Have Failed Us.

Are Individuals at Fault? No, Institutions Have Failed Us.

“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” – Martin Luther King Jr. This year is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and commemorations have occurred across the country, from Mississippi to New Orleans. I have been thinking about how far as a country we have come, and [...]
No Sick Leave: How a Single Mom is Fighting for her FamilyI am one of the fortunate Central Floridians. I have several job opportunities, but recently I quit my job. At 1 a.m. on a recent day, I was admitted to the hospital with swelling and respiratory distress. I made a good decision to take care of myself. Many Floridians are just not that lucky nor [...]
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A Kentucky Social Club Keeps African Americans ‘Together’The building that was once the Black high school in Lynch, Kentucky, now houses the Eastern Kentucky Social Club. But the social club began far away from here, in Cleveland, Ohio, when a couple of Eastern Kentucky boys were missing home. For nearly 45 years, the Eastern Kentucky Social Club has provided a connection among [...]
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Low-Income Students Thrive With Meals at SchoolsAs Alabama children head back to school this month, many will be able to leave their lunch money at home. Nearly 143,000 children in more than 20 high-poverty school districts can eat free breakfast and lunch this fall thanks to the new Community Eligibility Provision - which is often referred to as community eligibility. This program is [...]
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Fla. Draws New Congressional Districts – Questions RemainTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state’s congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP.  The changes would reshape the boundaries of seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts, but it’s not certain [...]
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South Carolina Residents Rally for Top CopLATTA, S.C. (AP) — When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as “questionable,” she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay [...]
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Ready to Protect Our Veterans?A season of patriotism reached its peak as Alabamians celebrated our country’s independence on July 4. A month earlier, we marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that changed the course of World War II. Every May, we honor the memory of all Americans who died in military service to their country. On these [...]
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Judge: Florida Congressional Districts Need to be RedrawnTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn.  Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said in a 41-page ruling Thursday that legislators relied on GOP political operatives who worked in secret to craft the final political maps [...]
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New Atlanta Museum Highlights Civil and Human RightsATLANTA (AP) — A new museum about the history of civil rights has opened in Atlanta, the city where Martin Luther King Jr. was based. But the National Center for Civil and Human Rights also explores other human rights struggles, from women’s rights and LGBT issues to immigration and child labor. The museum devotes separate [...]
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For Military Families in Atlanta: Food at the CommissaryAt the end of September 2013, Fort McPherson’s Commissary closed, leaving retirees, veterans, active and reserve military and their families without an affordable place in the Atlanta region to shop for groceries. This situation caused many of us and our military family members to experience large increases in grocery spending due to the fact that [...]
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