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Whiteness Matters

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The failed responses, at a rhetorical and a policy level in the aftermath of Katrina and post-Trayvon highlights a persistent failure to account for American racism.
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The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives”
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What Happens When Detroit Shuts Off the Water of 100,000 People

What Happens When Detroit Shuts Off the Water of 100,000 People | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Some run dry—and others pay $30 for plumbers to illegally turn the taps back on. 
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" When the water trucks arrived near Arlyssa Heard’s home on the west side of Detroit at the end of June, the 42-year-old single mother of two said it felt like the entire neighborhood was being taken over. “There were water trucks literally circling up and down blocks. I’d never seen so many in my life,” she says. “It’s like they were the police hunting down a criminal.”

It may not have been a police crackdown, but what she witnessed was definitely a crackdown of a sort. Since last year, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been turning off water at the homes of customers behind on their bills. The shut-off campaign comes at a time of crisis and hastened recovery for Detroit, which becamethe largest American city to ever file for bankruptcy last summer. The value of the bonds associated with the water department’s debt comes to $5.7 billion, which constitutes almost one-third of the amount estimated to have pushed Detroit into bankruptcy.

The campaign to crack down on overdue bills—which is aimed at customers who are more than two months behind on their bills or who owe more than $150—has been described by activists and scholars alike as an effort, pushed by the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, to get rid of the bad debt associated with the water department and prep the public entity for privatization.

In a city where the median household income is less than half the national average, 38 percent of residents live below the poverty line and 23 percent are unemployed, it comes as no surprise that at least 40 percent of customers are delinquent on their bills. "

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Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race - Abstract - UNTHINKING RACIAL REALISM: A FUTURE FOR REPARATIONS?1

Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race - Abstract - UNTHINKING RACIAL REALISM: A FUTURE FOR REPARATIONS?1 | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

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"Considered costly, divisive, and backward-looking, reparations for slavery and Jim Crow appear to have no place in the politics of the This essay proposes that the dismissal of reparations concedes too much. First, I contend that the conjunction of postracial discourse, on the one hand, and deepening racial inequalities, on the other, demands a counter-language, one that ties the analysis of the present to the historical conditions out of which it was produced. I explore reparations as a political language that (1) situates political claims within the historical framework of slavery, reconstruction, and segregation; (2) links past to present to future in its demand for concrete forms of redress; and (3) has played an important role in African American political life and in contemporary democracies in transition. Second, in contrast to much of the reparations scholarship, I focus on the demands of democracy rather than justice. Doing so both helps to evade some of the technical questions that have prevented full consideration of the political work of reparations and provides a vehicle for redefining both governmental and civic responsibility in the shadow of slavery and Jim Crow.

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Race in a “Postracial” EpochUNTHINKING RACIAL REALISM: A FUTURE FOR REPARATIONS? 1Lawrie Balfour 

 

Department of Politics, University of Virginia

 

Abstract

 

Considered costly, divisive, and backward-looking, reparations for slavery and Jim Crow appear to have no place in the politics of the “postracial epoch.” This essay proposes that the dismissal of reparations concedes too much. First, I contend that the conjunction of postracial discourse, on the one hand, and deepening racial inequalities, on the other, demands a counter-language, one that ties the analysis of the present to the historical conditions out of which it was produced. I explore reparations as a political language that (1) situates political claims within the historical framework of slavery, reconstruction, and segregation; (2) links past to present to future in its demand for concrete forms of redress; and (3) has played an important role in African American political life and in contemporary democracies in transition. Second, in contrast to much of the reparations scholarship, I focus on the demands of democracy rather than justice. Doing so both helps to evade some of the technical questions that have prevented full consideration of the political work of reparations and provides a vehicle for redefining both governmental and civic responsibility in the shadow of slavery and Jim Crow.

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A National Shame

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by OUR COMMON GROUND Voices Ruby Sales and Susan SmithThis article appeared in the August 2014 issue of Sojourners magazine.

Police killing of black people is not a black problem. It is an American problem.
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"AFRICAN AMERICANS around the country are finding it is dangerous to call 911. Jack Lamar Roberson’s family in Waycross, Ga., discovered this the hard way when they placed an urgent call to 911 in October 2013 because his fiancée thought that he had taken an overdose of diabetes medicine.Instead of sending EMTs, the dispatcher sent the police. Within 20 seconds of being in the house, police shot Roberson nine times, with bullets striking his back, arms, chest, and head as he held his arms up in the air. Although he was a veteran, he did not die from bullet wounds at the hands of strangers in a foreign land. Instead, white police gunned him down in his home.Killings like this—which could be called anti-black hate crimes by po..."

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In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Alabama says local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.
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"Huntsville's schools had been under court order since 1965. Though the district itself is racially balanced, most of the district's schools are either heavily white or heavily black. A new zoning plan proposed by the board in 2013 would have increased segregation for many black students.

The U.S. Department of Justice, a party to the case, objected to the assignment plan and in February the dispute landed before Haikala, who'd been appointed to the bench by President Obama in 2012."

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Economic Racism

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March on Washington, August 28, 1963, shows civil rights leaders and union leaders. More than 50 years later, African Americans face economic discrimi...
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"But the assault on people deemed inferior continues in another way. Instead of a single shocking act of physical brutality, it is a less visible means of drawn-out terror that destroys dignity and livelihood and slowly breaks down the body. So insidious is this modern form of economic subjugation that many whites barely seem to notice people of color being dragged to the bottom of one of the most unequal societies in the history of the world."

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Government Overreach l This Widow's 4 Kids Were Taken After She Left Them Home Alone

Government Overreach l This Widow's 4 Kids Were Taken After She Left Them Home Alone | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
A letter to the editor from another single parent who lost her children to state custody—and her account of what it took to get them back.
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Overreach by child welfare officials is an unfortunate and troubling phenomenon.

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This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think.
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"Shafir calls this problem bandwidth poverty. When you're bandwidth poor, you're thinking about how to pay for food and make rent today — and it's almost impossible to think about the future.

"When you're very lonely, or when you're hungry, or when you're poor, a large portion of the day is spent entertaining thoughts related to the source of your scarcity."

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23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don't "See Color")

23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don't "See Color") | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
"Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation."
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"never trust anyone who says
they do not see color.
this means to them, you are invisible. "


- Nayyirah Waheed

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How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Dr. Nicole Brown’s quest to understand her misbehaving pediatric patients began with a hunch.
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Though ADHD has been aggressively studied, few researchers have explored the overlap between its symptoms and the effects of chronic stress or experiencing trauma like maltreatment, abuse and violence. To test her hypothesis beyond Baltimore, Brown analyzed the results of a national survey about the health and well-being of more than 65,000 children.

Brown’s findings, which she presented in May at an annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, revealed that children diagnosed with ADHD also experienced markedly higher levels of poverty, divorce, violence, and family substance abuse. Those who endured four or more adverse childhood events were three times more likely to use ADHD medication.

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Haitian quake survivors used as 'slaves' in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil - Radio Television Caraibes: Haiti, Actualites, Nouvelles, News, Politique

Haitian quake survivors used as 'slaves' in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil - Radio Television Caraibes: Haiti, Actualites, Nouvelles, News, Politique | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Haitian quake survivors used as 'slaves' in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil
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Thousands of Haitian refugees, who fled the devastation of the 2010 earthquake and ended up in Brazil, are reportedly being used as slave labourers in the building of a multi-million pound stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Cultural Appropriation: Homage or Insult? | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture

Cultural Appropriation: Homage or Insult? | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

by Guest Contributor Tami, originally published at What Tami Said

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" . . . some confusion among people who wondered “What’s so wrong with being inspired by another culture?” Nothing, really. But “inspiration” drawn from a historically oppressed culture comes with a tangle of baggage born of generations of marginalization and bias."

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MSNBC 2016 | Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr., M. S. l Black Agenda Report

MSNBC 2016 | Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr., M. S.   l  Black Agenda Report | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
News, analysis and commentary from the black left.

Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr., M. S. is an ordained Baptist minister living in East Lansing, Michigan with his wife Karen Kelly-Blake, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned his Master of Science degree in Community Development-Urban Studies from MSU and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of Charleston (SC). He has co-authored several articles on faith-based community development and is also a poet and hip-hop cultural analyst whose work have appeared on Black Commentator, Michigan Family Review, Op-ED.com, the Online Journal of Urban Youth Culture and Black Agenda Report. He is putting on the final touches on a book of political parody and poetry; no publisher yet.  He would appreciate any input on where and how he can get it published. He can be reached at reynardblakejr@yahoo.com .

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"2016 will provide a rude awakening for you

Your duties will be reduced to commentator

Your spot will be taken over by white women

Especially, if Hillary wins"

 

Support Independent Black media and the rest will take care of itself. Your thoughts and reaction ?

email us: OCGinfo@ourcommonground.com

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The Souls of Black Folk (FULL Audiobook) - part 1 - YouTube

The Souls of Black Folk audiobook by W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) http://free-audio-books.info/history/the-souls-of-black-folk-audiobook/ The Souls of Black Fo...
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A must read for all Americans. Creating independent, strong minds. 

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Twitter's Diversity Numbers And The Mystery Of Black Twitter

Twitter's Diversity Numbers And The Mystery Of Black Twitter | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
I find myself getting very confused in this ongoing series of arguments and revelations about how white and male Silicon Valley seems to be. Companies are being castigated, castigating themselves even, for things that aren't really under their control. Perhaps it's simply because I'm not American and therefore am observing [...]
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"But then I see the arguments being made about “Black Twitter TWTR -1.42%” and find myself not just confused but perplexed. For the evidence being offered is the very refutation of the contention being made. This isn’t a cultural matter, this is a logical error.

The latest installment of this is Twitter releasing their workforce diversitynumbers: . . . "

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White power and Black voices: Why we can’t rely on “good white people” | LBS Baltimore

White power and Black voices: Why we can’t rely on “good white people” | LBS Baltimore | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

"LBS has developed one of the only programs in existence that can take youth from the so called “urban” context and produce nationally competitive scholars and advocates. "

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"Just as we have advocated against mass incarceration in our fight against the Youth Jail and advocated against police brutality in our fight to pass Christopher’s Law, we will advocate against the parasitic nature in which the non-profit industrial complex in Baltimore uses Black suffering to create white institutional power.  The only people who are qualified to liberate us is us.  We do not want your charity, we want justice.  Unless you are willing to be beholden to Black power you are a part of the problem no matter how good your intentions are."

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The "'Model Black Immigrant' vs. Black American" Stereotype

The "'Model Black Immigrant' vs. Black American" Stereotype | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that non-American born Black people (who may not go by “Black” until they actually live in the States, if at all; complex varying cultural, colonial and imperialistic histories impact...
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"When people think that I am Jamaican, they treat me with a different respect at times. They make jokes about “stupid” Black Americans while consuming literally everything that Black Americans create. They make insults about Black American people or erase the impact of that peculiar institution on Black American life today. And though I experienced some bullying from Black American children growing up (which was admittedly very rough and painful) because they didn’t like how my parents spoke or the food I ate at times, I also had long-term friendships with Black American girls. In fact, none of my closest friends now in adulthood are Jamaican women (though of course I love them too). They’re Black American women. We still share so much because we are all Black women though, wiling to learn and celebrate our differences and navigate the spaces of our multiple similarities.


"At the same time, when people think that I am American, other Black immigrants (and most certainly Whites) have insulted me. Called me “stupid” or “lazy.” Some have even suggested that Black Americans do not work hard. They completely ignore the intricacies and unique experiences of Black Americans here, especially the impact of the legacy of slavery on Black women here and how some colleges will gladly open their arms to foreign-born Black students while allowing their White students to publish “research” on the inferiority of Black Americans. Worse, some really think to be Black in America is to be Mitt Romney. In a past essay, Black In The 99%, I laid out why these myths of the “great” socioeconomic experience of Black people in America are myths."

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Dispatches from Freedom Summer l Ghosts of Greenwood

Dispatches from Freedom Summer l Ghosts of Greenwood | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
A reporter goes to Mississippi and encounters the echoes of family and the struggle for civil rights.
by Nikole Hannah-Jones July 8, 2014
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" . . . It was dusk and the Delta heat settled about my shoulders like a wool blanket. Heavy and uncomfortable, it made my notebook paper fall limp and my ink stop flowing. Gnats and mosquitoes swarmed my legs. Aunt Charlotte, wrapped in a memory, paused to listen to an owl hooting a melancholy warning."

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The Persecution of Witches, 21st-Century Style

The Persecution of Witches, 21st-Century Style | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Far from being a horror from our medieval past, vigilante violence against those accused of witchcraft is very much still with us.
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From OUR COMMON GROUND Voice, Luisah Teish 

"Alafia good people: Please take action against the witch craze, the murder of women and children by madcap ministers and their connections to land grabbing, oil, and blood diamonds. Read this article and spread the word. Use the power you have. " Yeye Teish

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Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.
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This is because standardized tests are not based on general knowledge. As I learned in the course of my investigation, they are based on specific knowledge contained in specific sets of books: the textbooks created by the test makers.

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Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal

Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
At a time when anti-intellectualism runs rampant throughout popular culture and politics, it seems imperative to remember how important critical thought can be as a resource and critical tool.
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"If critical thought sometimes disparaged as theory gets a bad name, it is not because it is inherently dogmatic, jargonistic or rigidly specialized, but because it is often abused or because it becomes a tool of irrelevancy - a form of theoreticism in which theory becomes an end in itself."
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Why They Owe Us! - Worrill’s World l Dr. Conrad W. Worrill, PhD l Black Commentator

Why They Owe Us! - Worrill’s World  l  Dr. Conrad W. Worrill, PhD  l Black Commentator | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
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"Part of our internal repair is to consciously understand that “We Are Owed” and that we have a historic responsibility to demand reparations from those forces of white supremacy that continue to benefit from what they did to us and that lingers on as part of the vestiges of our enslavement."

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This Is What the Afro Means Now l Bustle

This Is What the Afro Means Now  l  Bustle | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

If the new movement had a rallying cry, it would not be I'm black and I'm proud, but I'm me and I'm proud and maybe that is why the reaction from society has been so different. 

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"Created to reawaken racial pride and promote black interests politically and socially, the Black Power Movement was a force aiming to change the black community's view of itself and the power it held in the world. One of the movement's prime targets was the practice of straightening black hair.

Seen by some as an outward expression of the burden of assimilation, many in the Black Power Movement saw the abandonment of the practice as their way of throwing off the mental shackles of oppression and recapturing their roots -- literally."

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For Brazil's Sake, I Hope They Lose In The World Cup

For Brazil's Sake, I Hope They Lose In The World Cup | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

Why root for a Brazilian loss? Because if they win, the cries of the poor and desperate in Brazil will be drowned out by the cheers of the soccer-crazed fans who could actually afford to get inside the stadium....

 

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Ezili Dantò‎ on OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham 

Do we care about this: Germany devastates Brazil, 7-1, in World Cup semifinal. Nope! But it matters to Haiti's poor and exploited that Brazil commands the UN occupational troops acting as a colonial army for the United States and that amongst all the colonial army's travesty against un-armed Haiti, it's reported that: Haitian quake survivors were used as slave labor in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil.

 

It matters that poor and underprivileged Brazilians were wishing that the Brazilians not win. And are HAPPY Brazil did not win! We share that sentiment! -http://www.radiotelevisioncaraibes.com/nouvelles/internationale/haitian_quake_survivors_used_as_slaves_in_building_of_world_cup_.html


Why: "they may point to the 15,000 displaced people in Rio alone. Or the $11.5 billion of expenses -- $3.6 billion of which are taxpayer dollars -- on this World Cup, making it the most expensive ever. They might even add that four of the 12 stadiums that $11.5 billion was spent on weren't even required by FIFA.

You might expect a Brazilian to be wishing for goals and assists, but all the more likely, a Brazilian will explain how they wish that money went to the bullet train in Sao Paulo, or to the poor, or to education, or to improving the airports, which are currently using tents as terminals.

 

"I will cheer for Brazil as always, but for the first time I don't want them to win," Jose Erivaldo Costa, a hotel worker from Rio de Janeiro, told Christina Lamb of the Sunday Times this month. "If we win the government will use it as an opportunity to say what a success it has been and to mask all our problems."

This neglect has led to groups like Sao Paulo's People's Committee of the Cup, whose members came together three years ago to fight the injustices that would come with the event.

 

"The cup affects various populations, like the mobile vendors who can't go near the stadiums or near Fan Fest," Vanesa Dos Santos, another organizer, told the International Business Times. "It affects the prostitutes, many of them children, who will be taken advantage of during the Cup."

 

Inside these billion dollar stadiums are resources Brazil's people need, not their footballers; solar power technology and thousands of workers who could be constructing public facilities, to name just two. Instead, money like the $280 million invested into Corinthians' stadium will never be seen by the Brazilian people. That's money for grass and retractable seats and scoreboards and massive television screens. Money that could be distributed to the young or the poor in a country that boasts the thirteenth worst economic inequality on the planet.

 

"That money could have been invested in homes, schools or universities," Tita Reis, a member of the People's Committee of the World Cup, told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo."---For Brazil's Sake, I Hope They Lose in the World Cup http://www.huffingtonpost.com/isaac-saul/brazil-world-cup_b_5563974.html

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2014, The Meaning of July Fourth for the African American l Dr. Wilmer Leon

2014, The Meaning of July Fourth for the African American l Dr. Wilmer Leon | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
2014, The Meaning of July Fourth for the African American  July 3, 2014 Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III “I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glo...
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"As we enjoy the Fourth, eating ribs and hot dogs, we must ask ourselves, are we as a people able to enjoy the blessings, the justice, and the liberty that are celebrated on this day?  If not, what must we do to bring about substantive and permanent change? " See more at: http://blackpoliticsontheweb.com/2014/07/03/2014-the-meaning-of-july-fourth-for-the-african-american/#sthash.b9W4uagX.dpuf

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The Wattree Chronicle: FELLOW AMERICANS, DON’T LET OUR IGNORANCE DESTROY US

The Wattree Chronicle: FELLOW AMERICANS, DON’T LET OUR IGNORANCE DESTROY US | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

Eric Wattree

LEARN THE ISSUES, ALWAYS VOTE FOR JUSTICE, AND NEVER, VOTE YOUR HATRED, OR IN RESPONSE TO MONEY. FOR THE JUSTICE THAT YOU VOTE AGAINST, WILL INVARIABLY, BECOME YOUR OWN. 
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"Their ultimate agenda is to turn America into a corporate feudalist state, where the American people are totally dependent on corporations for their survival. That will greatly enhance corporate profits, and essentially, allow them to control this nation. That's why the GOP is attacking unions, our educational system, and all social programs that prevent us from being totally reliant on the business community. They want to have complete control over our lives. "

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