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30 percent of retired African-Americans avoid poverty via Social Security

Although many Americans are living longer, a new public policy analysis reveals that a disproportionate number of older people are also living in poverty – particularly if they are a person of color.

According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, Social Security keeps about 30 percent of older African Americans and Hispanics from retirement poverty. Yet another 20 percent of these two ethnicities at ages 65 or older, live in poverty at a rate that is double that for whites.

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Presidential debates ignore big ticket items

When the presidential debate dust finally settles, President Obama and GOP Presidential foe Mitt Romney will have spent a grand total of four and one half hours battering each other on who can do the best or worst job on tax reform, job creation, deficit reduction, staunching Iran's nukes, and getting a grip on Middle East affairs.

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  • Written by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

District 9 deserves a debate

Properly executed with fair, clearly established rules of engagement, there is nothing more stimulating or perhaps impactful to help voters understand the platform, priorities and policies of candidates for public office than a public debate.

Certainly that is the case with one of Greater Memphis' most important elected positions, the Tennessee 9th District Congressional seat, now held by Rep. Steve Cohen.

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Young caregivers defer dreams to accept responsibility

Joyce is a happy woman with two teenage daughters. When she arrived home the other day, everything seemed to be in place for this single mother and her loving daughters. With two jobs and a fulfilling life, Joyce was living her version of an "American dream."

That dream, however, was deferred after her daughters responded to a loud thump that seemed to come from the bathroom.

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Bullying: A victim’s story

Bullying: A victim’s story

My name is Charla Maclin. I am 24 years old and I am the impetus behind The Last Straw Campaign as well as the Koko and Friends Project. Our mission is to increase everyone's awareness and attention on the issue of bullying among youth in schools and other peer-group settings.

Bullying is not a rite-of-passage. It is cruel and inhumane treatment that is comparable to terrorism. I was a victim of bullying and I am also a survivor of three failed suicide attempts due to bullying that began at the age of eight.

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Conservatives do a job on latest jobs report

The birther issue – the preposterous idea that President Obama was not born in the United States – was finally put to rest, but that has not prevented conservative conspiracy buffs from seeing a plot behind the falling unemployment numbers.

Conservatives, led by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have been pounding Obama for maintaining an unemployment rate above 8 percent.

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  • Written by George Curry

Do we need a new right- to-vote amendment?

(Judith Browne Dianis, co-Director of Advancement Project, a non-partisan organization dedicated to civil rights and racial justice, has been a vocal opponent of state photo-ID laws and other restrictive measures. In an interview with New America Media's Khalil Abdullah, Browne Dianis explains why she has concluded a new amendment on the right to vote to the U.S. Constitution is necessary.)

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  • Written by Judith Browne Dianis

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