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AFSCME union elects first African-American president

(NNPA) Delegates to the 40th International Convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), elected Lee A. Saunders to be president and Laura Reyes to be secretary-treasurer of the union representing 1.6 million public service workers.

Saunders becomes the first African-American elected AFSCME's president, while Reyes becomes the first woman secretary-treasurer.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

Chicago murders key call for collective effort to curb crime

Chicago murders key call for collective effort to curb crime

There've been more than 275 murders in the city within the last seven months. The number exceeds the number of soldiers killed in combat during the same time period.

What's it going to take for it to end? A faith-based leader and veteran police officer said it's going to take everyone to step up, step out and get involved.

On Sunday, the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan used Twitter (@LouisFarrakhan) as one of his outlets to speak against the violence.

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  • Written by Real Times News Service
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Obama highlights record, downplays GOP’s Romney

Obama highlights record, downplays GOP’s Romney

by Rebecca Nuttall
Real Times News Service

Amidst the sweltering heat, with temperatures that rose to the 90s, hundreds gathered on the lawn of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts (July 6) for a campaign speech by President Barack Obama.

Despite the dozen or so people who were taken away by ambulance after succumbing to the effects of the heat, the crowd remained entirely energetic as the president stepped to the podium.

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  • Written by Real Times News Service
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Romney fails to move local NAACP president

Romney fails to move local NAACP president

Memphis Branch NAACP President Dr. Warner Dickerson was not the least bit impressed by Republican presidential candidate Willard "Mitt" Romney's speech to the NAACP's National Convention in Houston on Wednesday morning.

And if the GOP is ever going to regain strength in the African-American community, 2012 won't be the year, said Dickerson, who was in Houston for Romney's pitch.

Romney directly addressed the issue when he began, saying, "With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community, and to address the NAACP.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: News

Mr. President: Are you dissing the Black Press?

by Akeya Dickson
NNPA News Service

ATLANTA – "Get Out the Vote," a panel discussion at the National Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention, should have been renamed, "Get Out the Anger" as African-American newspaper publishers expressed strong displeasure over what they deemed the failure of President Barack Obama's administration to accommodate the needs of the Black Press.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
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‘Legacy of Excellence’ honors for Andrew Young and Danny Bakewell

‘Legacy of Excellence’ honors for Andrew Young and Danny Bakewell

ATLANTA – Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and Danny J. Bakewell Sr., the National Newspaper Publishers Association chairman emeritus and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times, were presented with NNPA's Legacy of Excellence Awards last Friday night (June 22) in recognition of their lifelong work, courage, commitment, sacrifice and achievements.

The awards were presented as part of NNPA's annual convention. NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell Jr. said the organization's Legacy Awards hold special meaning for African Americans.

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  • Written by George Curry
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Upward mobility – Black America’s new addiction

by Cheryl Pearson McNeil
NNPA News Service

Any rom-com fans out there? I am talking about romantic comedies. So, who remembers "My Best Friend's Wedding," which starred Julia Roberts?

While I was channel-surfing the other day, I found myself cracking up when Robert's character – the hip, successful New York City food critic and best-selling author – whipped out her cool cell phone in a restaurant scene. It was a gigantic flip model – almost the size of a quart bottle of milk – with a nifty, retractable antenna.

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