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Political activists converge on Memphis seeking a different shade of ‘red’

by Jeshua Schuster

Television on-air commentary pundits like sports commentators often simplify politics into two opposing teams, like the LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, or in the political sense Red states vs. Blue states. While few would argue that by most accounts Tennessee is a "Red state," others who want a different type of red state here in the Mid-South are making it known that the volunteer state and the south has a rich radical tradition of its own.

The National Organizing Conference of the Socialist Party U.S.A. will take place in Memphis on Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29)


Compassion must trump profit if cancer patients are to survive

A young man with tears in his eyes could not believe the words that came from his doctor's mouth: "You have cancer."

Those three words felt like a dagger driven deep into the young man's chest and twisted from side to side each time he thought about the doctor's diagnosis and the predicament he now found himself in. He'd lived a fruitful life; now death was inevitable – a fate he didn't expect.

The young man, who decided to remain anonymous, tried to remain strong for his family. They in turn tried to assure him that he was going to be all right. But they couldn't feel his pain.


The end of AIDS – is it reality or myth?

There was a refrain that was heard in almost every speech this week at the International AIDS Conference in Washington: We are on the verge of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

That wasn't a statement that could be made 30 years ago when the pandemic was first identified. It wasn't a statement that would be uttered at the last International AIDS Conference I attended two years ago in Vienna.


  • Written by George Curry

Mitt Romney and Affirmative Action

by Stephanie Jones

Much was made of what Mitt Romney said and didn't say during his recent speech to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston. His boo-evoking swipe at "Obamacare" got most of the coverage, while his failure to address voter ID laws was also widely noted.

But another omission got little play, even though it is a topic of great importance to that audience in particular and the nation as a whole: Affirmative Action. Romney's avoidance of the topic in his NAACP speech is not surprising because he has rarely mentioned it during his public life.


It’s time to reform SCLC – for good

by Dexter Wimbish
NNPA News Service

I was born a year after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assignation in Memphis but grew up in an era where as the walls of Jim Crow fell, the dreams of African-Americans soared. Americans both black and white were proud of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization he co-founded on Feb. 14, 1957 with Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Josephy Lowery, and other great religious leaders of our time.


President Obama is done, if….

President Obama is done, if….

WASHINGTON – If the African-American voter turnout reverts to the level it was before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States in 2008, the nation's first African American elected president will have a difficult time winning a second term in the White House, concludes a National Urban League report.

The report, "The Hidden Swing Voters: Impact of African-Americans in 2012," was written by Madura Wijewarden and Valerie Wilson of the National Urban League Policy Institute based in Washington.


  • Written by George Curry

It’s poppycock to think you can get protein only from eating meat

If you're a vegan like I am and rely solely on a plant-based diet for good health, you may have been approached with this question: "Where do you get your protein if you're not eating meat?"

We are a nation of animal lovers. We raise them as pets, and others we eat as food. If you think about it for a moment, it sounds gross for someone to eat a carcass. Can a pig or hog be someone's pet?