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Re: Leading Intellectuals Call for 'Global Democracy' to Challenge Corporate Globalization

roarin1 ·
Sounds like the blind (outta desperation) leading the blind to me. Are these intellectuals actually calling for a one world government? Well I suppose that the gullble, (outta desperation) could only concede. I'll tell ya...there's never been a reason any more urgent, than to reach back to Our Afrikan Roots. I would'nt let a krakkka run my lemonade stand, let alone a 'world'. smdh.
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Re: Congress Set to Waste 57 Percent of Our Taxes

EbonyRose ·
Iraq war reconstruction: $6 billion to $8 billion wasted, US official says AP file The Khan Bani Saad Correctional Facility, about 12 miles northeast of Baghdad, is seen with unused building materials nearby. The site is a chronicle of U.S. government waste, misguided planning and construction shortcuts costing $40 million. By Zach Toombs Center for Public Integrity The official in charge of monitoring America’s $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq has estimated that $6 billion to $8...
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Re: Congress Set to Waste 57 Percent of Our Taxes

sunnubian ·
Just think what $6 billion to $8 billion could do for America's schools, or healthcare in America, or for creating green industry for American jobs.
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EbonyRose ·
Yeah .... especially coupled with the other $6 billion in cash that the government had to admit just "went missing." Which is why when the Republicans want to complain about "government waste," or the "exploding deficit" or that the President is "spending us into the poor house" .... it makes me wish that somebody would just punch them in the face and tell them to shut the hell up!!
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Occupy Our Food

sunnubian ·
  Peter Rothberg<abbr class="published" title="2011-12-28T09:44:28-18000">on December 28, 2011 - 9:44am ET</abbr> On this past December 4, food activists from across the country joined the Occupy Wall Street Farmers March for "a...
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FYI

sunnubian ·
Home | About Us | Donate | Subscribe | Archives News & Views | 01.04.12 Featured... States Take On Citizens United http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/04-0 Headlines... House Republicans Increase the Pressure on Obama Over Tar Sands Pipeline Decision http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/04-2 Ron Paul Would Allow ‘Open Season’ on Union Organizers http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/04-5 US Marine to Stand Trial Over 2005 Killings That Left 24 Iraqis Dead...
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Consumer Alert: Secret Trade Agreements Threaten Food Safety, Subvert Democracy

sunnubian ·
Consumer Alert: Secret Trade Agreements Threaten Food Safety, Subvert Democracy By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins Organic Consumers Association, June 13, 2013 For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Food Safety page and Politics and Democracy page. If you think the U.S. government is doing a sub-par job of keeping your food safe, brace yourself. You could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don’t meet even basic U.S. food safety standards.
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From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World

sunnubian ·
Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by TruthDig.com From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World by Sonali Kolhatkar Then-Egyptian Minister of Defense General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi walks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt on November 3, 2013. (Photo: U.S. Department of State) Mass street protests are usually seen as a hallmark of democratic aspirations. And elections are meant to be a culmination of such...
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The Democratic Republic of Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act

sunnubian ·
POLICY & ISSUE BRIEFS The Democratic Republic of Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act Friends of the Congo is calling on the US government to implement existing law that can make substantial difference in the situation in the Congo. Public Law 109-456 (The Democratic Republic of Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act). PL 109-456 was sponsored by then Senator Obama, co-sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton and signed into law in 2006 by President Bush. However...
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Low-Wage Nation: Poverty and Inequality Are Threatening Our Democracy

sunnubian ·
Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by OtherWords Low-Wage Nation: Poverty and Inequality Are Threatening Our Democracy by Peter Edelman With its catchy "We are the 99 Percent" slogan, the Occupy movement focused millions of Americans on our nation's chronic inequality. As that movement regains momentum, it must pay more attention to the whole 99 percent. (palmspringsdude/Flickr) We certainly should worry about how the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans isn't paying its fair share of the cost...
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Leading Intellectuals Call for 'Global Democracy' to Challenge Corporate Globalization

sunnubian ·
Published on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Common Dreams Leading Intellectuals Call for 'Global Democracy' to Challenge Corporate Globalization - Common Dreams staff Well-known intellectuals from over ten countries, citing the failure of nation-states and international institutions to halt the destructive trends of environmental destruction and corporate-driven globalization, have initiated a ' Manifesto for Global Democracy ' which calls for the development of a supranational institution of...
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WHOA!

sunnubian ·
Nation 205 Cornel West: Obama Is A ‘Rockefeller Republican In ‘Blackface;’ Sharpton, Harris-Perry, Dyson Are Up For Sale By Kirsten West Savali In an interview with Amy Goodman of “ Democracy Now, ” our dear brother, Dr. Cornel West , said that while he’s happy that Mitt Romney didn’t win the presidential election, our foreign policy is still imperialistic, politicians should be ashamed of spending billions on campaigns while people are living in poverty, and that President Barack Obama is...
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Martin Luther King, Citizens United and Driving Voters to the Polls

sunnubian ·
Martin Luther King, Citizens United and Driving Voters to the Polls Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:00am — Leslie On a weekend that features both the third anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it is a timely moment to "take the temperature" of our democracy. Dr. King once said , "So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote, I do not possess myself." What is the status of that right today? Or, to pose a broader...
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Science and Democracy in the United States: A Rich History

sunnubian ·
Science and Democracy in the United States: A Rich History Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment, immortalized in this Benjamin West painting, was only the most famous episode in his prolific career as a citizen-scientist. In America, science and democracy were forged together from the start. Benjamin Franklin experimenting with electricity in a lightning storm is an iconic image. But Franklin was not alone. Many of the nation’s founding fathers were citizen scientists. Like Franklin, Thomas...
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Congress Set to Waste 57 Percent of Our Taxes

sunnubian ·
Congress Set to Waste 57 Percent of Our Taxes Congress will debate and vote on a bill -- the so-called "Defense Appropriations Act" -- that will make us less safe by dumping over $600 billion into preparations for war. Combined with military spending in other departments, this is 57% of all federal discretionary spending . Included in the bill is $88 billion for continued war right now in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pretending those wars are over doesn't stop the flow of funds -- which are needed...
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Noam Chomsky: We’re no longer a functioning democracy, we’re really a plutocracy

sunnubian ·
Noam Chomsky: We’re no longer a functioning democracy, we’re really a plutocracy By Travis Gettys Friday, December 27, 2013 13:59 EST Topics: chomsky ♦ mainstream media ♦ noam chomsky The world faces two potentially existential threats, according to the linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky. “There are two major dark shadows that hover over everything, and they’re getting more and more serious,” Chomsky said. “The one is the continuing threat of nuclear war that has not ended. It’s...
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The Most Serious Threat to Freedom And Democracy in The U.S.

sunnubian ·
Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM PDT The Most Serious Threat to Freedom And Democracy in The U.S. by Ray Pensador Follow Email 214 Comments / 214 New I stopped watching all broadcast TV news (CBS, NBC, ABC), as well as cable TV news channels like CNN, and MSNBC, except in very rare occasions... Long ago I realized how extremely toxic and manipulative to the mind being exposed to programming by these media outfits is. And as I detoxed my mind from exposure to that type of blatant corporate...
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$6,000 of the Average Family’s Taxes Go To Subsidies For Big Business

sunnubian ·
$6,000 of the Average Family’s Taxes Go To Subsidies For Big Business posted by Dylan Hock September 24, 2013 Economy , Human Rights , Opinion SPREAD THE WORD! 538 35 In a Common Dreams article titled, “ Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business “, Paul Buchheit highlights and discusses the numbers and fields for which the subsidies and tax incentives average Americans pay annually are made up. These include anything from cash payments to farmers,...
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The Seven Lying Democrats That Betrayed Democracy, and Joined GOP on HR 368 to Deny Vote on Clean CR

sunnubian ·
Politics and A Beer Follow RSS Daily Kos member Profile Diaries (list) Stream Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM PDT The Seven Lying Democrats That Betrayed Democracy, and Joined GOP on HR 368 to Deny Vote on Clean CR by Politics and A Beer Follow for Politics and A Beer Email 277 Comments / 277 New by Alec Kohut The video Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen’s recent “parliamentary inquiry” on the floor of the House of the Representatives is making the rounds, and will likely be seen by millions by...
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Re: Noam Chomsky: We’re no longer a functioning democracy, we’re really a plutocracy

Muhammad Cipher ·
Lesson for Black activist, reevaluate who and what you're paying attention to. Clearly Chomsky has been marginalized, but the issue is the effect of that marginalization. Chomsky is so known and "in demand" for his political activism and views people don't know that his formal training and work is in linguistics. The lesson for Black people is that what Chomsky represents are viewpoints that do NOT fit into the narrow American framing of social issues. There's video of Chomsky discussing the...
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Re: Noam Chomsky: We’re no longer a functioning democracy, we’re really a plutocracy

Jalil ·
“If there ever is future historians, they’re going to look back at this period of history with some astonishment,” Chomsky said. “The danger, the threat, is evident to anyone who has eyes open and pays attention at all to the scientific literature, and there are attempts to retard it, there are also at the other end attempts to accelerate the disaster, and if you look who’s involved it’s pretty shocking.” The mind is trampling the heart. What I am astonished about right now is that no one is...
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Re: Low-Wage Nation: Poverty and Inequality Are Threatening Our Democracy

Muhammad Cipher ·
"We certainly should worry about how the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans isn't paying its fair share of the cost of running the country. But we should be just as worried about how people at the other end are doing." Im somewhat lost (but not really) as to why columnist continue to write and act as if the OWS movements either dont understand this or don 't get it. Their successful re framing of the issue (99% vs 1%) has allowed people to entertain and discuss exactly how the 1% generate...
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Re: Low-Wage Nation: Poverty and Inequality Are Threatening Our Democracy

Kocolicious ·
I think although we are experiencing an unprecedented job crisis in our economy, I do believe we've been here before. The exception is a lotta us live beyond our means-even though prices to survive are high. However, I remember how my parents strategized the family budget and instead of going outside the rim of their financial abilties, cut corners and did a lot of things themselves. We don't do that anymore. A lotta of us depend on fast foods to feed our families-don't cook as we used to,...
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Re: Low-Wage Nation: Poverty and Inequality Are Threatening Our Democracy

Yemaya ·
And also RAMPANT undereducation and miseducation are threatening mostly black people.
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Muhammad Cipher ·
Laziness and "living within your means" are two of the myths that have been repeatedly debunked yet continue to be a major part of commentary no matter where this subject comes up. The idea of living within your means is very attractive to those who stress the need for self responsibility and accountability. The problem is that social economic conditions are just that---social. When we are told to 'live within our means' what is almost always ignored is the declining value of "your means".
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Re: Low-Wage Nation: Poverty and Inequality Are Threatening Our Democracy

Yemaya ·
Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher: Laziness and "living within your means" are two of the myths that have been repeatedly debunked yet continue to be a major part of commentary no matter where this subject comes up. The idea of living within your means is very attractive to those who stress the need for self responsibility and accountability. The problem is that social economic conditions are just that---social. When we are told to 'live within our means' what is almost always ignored is...
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Kocolicious ·
Brother Muhummad Cipher wrote: Laziness and "living within your means" are two of the myths that have been repeatedly debunked yet continue to be a major part of commentary no matter where this subject comes up . No myths my brotha. This is where you are in view incorrect. The idea of living within your means is very attractive to those who stress the need for self responsibility and accountability. The problem is that social economic conditions are just that---social. Yes I agree that it is...
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Xumbrarchist ·
The marketing becomes more and more intense in every area because the marketing is now more important than the product. The media is not going to object because it is all income to them http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...f_the_President_1968 It is just the continuation of a trend. Cornell West is right in that it has gone way beyond ridiculous. But how do we get out of the cycle of competition? Xum
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Muhammad Cipher ·
One has to wonder no such thing. West's comments are based on Obama's record. This is part of why there is a spit between issue based/and cheerleader journalism in the Black community. Brother West as been quite fair and consistent in is criticism of President Obama. Of course these kinds of cheer-leading cannot begin to deal with how Glen Ford tore through Micheal Eric Dyson. It would be nice to read an article that deals with the issues that Tavis and West continue to bring up and not fall...
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Kocolicious ·
West is a TRAITOR!!!!!!! Bottom line. And has no respect for our historical position in this country. He has no vision and he has no RIGHT to stain what we have accomplish in this nation with his social jealousy, envy and irresponsiblity to black children and future descendants. It is almost as if one has to pass his rule of achievement in order to satisfy his palate of justice and truth. The truth is West hasn't DONE a damn thang for the Black cause but yap his mouth. He is a typical...
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sunnubian ·
I have a problem with West actually calling the President "blackface", but what West is saying is essentially true, however, the mistake West keeps making, especially right now, is that the blame does not lie squarely at the feet of the President. The blame lies squarely at the feet of the Congress, more specifically at the feet of Congressional members that have passed bills and voted on legislation over the past 12 years, before AND during President Obama's presidency, that do not address...
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EbonyRose ·
Originally Posted by Kocolicious: ANYONE!!!!! Who puts their minds to it can EARN the white man's PH.D degree. Cuz all it is is reading and writing....but! It takes a collection force of blackfolks to move our culture to the next level of outstanding legacy.....not by doing what these little men are doing cuz they are undermining, criticizing and minimizing the "process" while they stand on the side lines DOING absolutely to help the "cause" along other than continuously yapping their lips.
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Xumbrarchist ·
Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned. - Mark Twain's Notebook , 1898 I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain $100 computers can make our concepts of education obsolete which are actually nothing but schooling. I always found this story interesting: The Status Civilization (1960)by Robert Sheckley http://librivox.org/the-status...-by-robert-sheckley/ Xum
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Kocolicious ·
@Sista Sunnubian: Well I NEVER heard West talked this LOUD until we had a black president. He may be right in some of his assessments....but! He's preaching to the choir. He should use HIS POWER to do SOMETHING remotely FOR Black folks other than run his mouth to a wall. Cuz where I stand...TALK is you know kinda CHEAP coming from a brotha who makes plenty of MONEY yakking about the black cause.....and yet does absolutely NOTHING but spew loud NOISE. As I said earlier not only is he a...
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Cholly ·
Well my dear brother, Dr. Cornel West, instead of trying to sell your former road dogs on the open real estate market, here is what you can do: Since President Obama has been reelected for 4 more years, you Dr. West sir, along with Tavis Smiley, have another 4 more years to make your case to the newly elected, 2d term President Of The United States about your purposed agenda and the obvious ills of the African American community (that the President knows all too well about) and other...
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Muhammad Cipher ·
Originally Posted by sunnubian: I have a problem with West actually calling the President "blackface", but what West is saying is essentially true, however, the mistake West keeps making, especially right now, is that the blame does not lie squarely at the feet of the President. The blame lies squarely at the feet of the Congress, more specifically at the feet of Congressional members that have passed bills and voted on legislation over the past 12 years, before AND during President Obama's...
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kresge ·
Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher: One has to wonder no such thing. West's comments are based on Obama's record. This is part of why there is a spit between issue based/and cheerleader journalism in the Black community. Brother West as been quite fair and consistent in is criticism of President Obama. Of course these kinds of cheer-leading cannot begin to deal with how Glen Ford tore through Micheal Eric Dyson. It would be nice to read an article that deals with the issues that Tavis and...
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sunnubian ·
"Excellent analysis. I wish people would offer an analysis on the substance of the comment instead of ad hominem attacks on West et al." ************************************************************* Is why West should have left the "Blackface" comment out of his critique of President Obama. I personally don't believe that President Obama, just like any other President of the United States, is beyond criticism, but, I do believe that the focus of the criticism should be his policies.
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sunnubian ·
He's words seem harsh because it cuts at peoples desire to see a Black man be successful in a way that separates his actions from the good ole boy system. But increasing what is happening that people who did (or want) to support Obama cannot reconcile that desire with Obama's own record. This is going to heat up, as many did in fact cut him a break during the election, because they didn't want to see Mit win. However, the issues they raised didn't disappear, nor did their concerns. During...
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Kocolicious ·
@ Brotha Cholly!!! You're a man after my own heart!!!! What a brilliant commentary. Just brilliant!!!
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EbonyRose ·
To me, the only thing that makes Dr. West's commentary even minimally respectable is the fact that he didn't focus, neither exclusively or even primarily, only on complaining about the President's lack of addressing the "Black issues" ... which is the complaint that most Black "President-complaining" people seem to ONLY be able to complain about!! (The "the Black President isn't fixing the Black issues of the Black agenda that specifically targets Black people" crowd). He, at least...
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Muhammad Cipher ·
"Does Dr. West honestly believe that any of the following policies/programs do not help the poor or African Americans? " Probably not, however that's not saying much. Giving $10 to a student or family buried in debt does help them-but its disingenuous to pretend as if he solves, or even puts a dent in the problem. Almost every single program that has been marketed as a great achievement has yielded mediocre results given the degree of the problem. The home refi program was and is a massive...
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EbonyRose ·
Originally Posted by sunnubian: Does Dr. West honestly believe that any of the following policies/programs do not help the poor or African Americans? Dr. West (nor his supporters) don't really seem to CARE about ANYBODY who the President's policies and programs have actually HELPED!! After all .... he can't complain about - and he's certainly not going to compliment - the President for anything positive he may have done. In fact ... I haven't heard the good Dr. utter ONE WORD of...
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Muhammad Cipher ·
Originally Posted by EbonyRose: Originally Posted by sunnubian: Does Dr. West honestly believe that any of the following policies/programs do not help the poor or African Americans? Dr. West (nor his supporters) don't really seem to CARE about ANYBODY who the President's policies and programs have actually HELPED!! After all .... he can't complain about - and he's certainly not going to compliment - the President for anything positive he may have done. In fact ... I haven't heard the good...
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EbonyRose ·
Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher: Each time someone attempts to deflect the criticism away from Obama by dismissing as a 'personal' issue or grudge, I (and anyone else) can easily point out how and why the criticism has merit based on Obama's own record. And herein, yet again, you are proving my point exactly, M.C.!!! The problem is NOT with any excessive "dismissing of criticism" of the President!! I can't think of ONE person on this board ... NOT ONE ... (with the exception of Ms.
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Muhammad Cipher ·
"And your unwavering support of that type of inequitable disparity .... speaks volumes for your own unwillingness at an attempt at 'equal debate' where the President's concerned" Can't agree. Its really simple. Cut out all the marketing hype and lets look at the programs and policies based on their design, the implementation, the performance in light of the depth of the problems people are facing. Every program you name, and policy you cite is subject to the same test. If your focus is on...
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Yemaya ·
I don't agree with Race To the Top, There's no way you're going to sugar coat it to make it go down any smoother. with 16% of black folks unemployed and god knows how many are underemployed, living on less than $250,000 the standard for the 'Middle Class' and enough of us live in neighborhoods or communities where the teachers are piss poor and lack access to proper teaching tools while being required to teach to a test. What are they going to kick kids out of class who don't perform so they...
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EbonyRose ·
@Yemaya .... Well ... since it hasn't been all that long since it started, I think the jury's still out on just HOW affective this program it is or isn't going to be. But what I think the good thing about Race to the Top is, is that .... it's not about 'teaching to a test' ... and actually it's not a national standard that every school has to adhere to, regardless of where they are or what types of students they have or even how much money as a school district they have. Race to the Top is a...
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Why Some Whites Are Wrong to Compare Terrorist Group KKK — Responsible for Thousands of Deaths — to Black Panthers

sunnubian ·
Why Some Whites Are Wrong to Compare Terrorist Group KKK — Responsible for Thousands of Deaths — to Black Panthers ebruary 14, 2016 | Posted by Manny Otiko Tagged With: Beyonce Super Bowl Halftime Performance , Black Lives Matter , Black Panthers , KKK Black Panther Group , KKK Terrorist Group , Ku Klux Klan White Supremacist Group , New Black Panther Party BeyoncÉ led her beret-clad dancers during her symbolically rich Super Bowl performance on Sunday. (Harry How/Getty Images) BeyoncÉ set...
 
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