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Our involvement in Iraq ignores an appalling anti-black record

Iraqi racism
Army Specialist David Hickman, an African-American from North Carolina, was the last U.S. soldier to be killed in the almost decade-long war in Iraq.
Hickman was only 23 years old when a roadside bomb tore through his armored truck, causing him internal brain hemorrhaging. He was killed on November 14, just weeks away from the war’s end.
Hickman was one of 462 black people who fought and died under Operation Iraqi Freedom. A reported 2,727 African Americans were wounded in the war.

Families urge resumption of adoptions from Congo

congo adoptions
With the president of Congo coming to Washington for a U.S.-Africa summit, hundreds of frustrated American families are hoping he can be persuaded to lift a suspension that has stalled efforts to adopt children from his troubled country for the past 10 months.
The families and their many supporters in Congress are urging President Barack Obama to personally intervene by raising the issue now with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, and then pressing for action when Kabila arrives in Washington along with dozens of other African leaders for the Aug. 4-6 summit.


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Teen’s complaint seeks schooling during pregnancy

ATLANTA (AP) – An east-Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while she was pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.
Eighteen-year-old Mikelia Seals was a junior at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School when her doctor ordered bed rest seven months into her pregnancy, according to the complaint. It says a guidance counselor told Seals the school did not have a program letting her take classes from home, and that the principal later told her the school has a homebound program but pregnancy was not an eligible condition.

Biden, in Ohio, urges infrastructure, job training

CINCINNATI (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that more investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.
Biden spoke at the National Urban League conference, where the theme is
“One Nation Underemployed.” Biden said the keys to putting more people in better-paying jobs and spurring economic growth in cities are workforce training to meet today's business needs and improving roads, bridges and other transportation.