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A good first step on student loans

Polling prior to last fall’s midterm elections indicated that education and the cost of college are top concerns among young people today. With over 2 million more young people voting last year, we made our presence known.

EDITORIAL: Revive New Orleans

As African American History Month opens, New Orleans, a world-renowned vital center of African American history and culture, which figures so large in the story of our nation, continues to reel under the criminal neglect of George W. Bush and his administration, a full year and half after Katrina struck.

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What will your legacy be?

"What Will Your Legacy Be?" Dr. Margaret T.G. Burroughs once wrote and asked in a 2007 epic poem. The internationally renowned Burroughs died November 21, 2010, and scholars and activists celebrate her long-lasting legacy.

Dismal stats call for action: New BLS report shows urgency of Employee Free Choice Act

WASHINGTON (PAI) — The number of unionists declined by 326,000 from 2005 to 2006, dropping to 12 percent of the U.S. labor force, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported. But there were big jumps of 52,000 in Arizona and 26,000 in Washington, a small rise in Minnesota, and increases in 17 states, including “red states” Montana and both Carolinas.

New Jersey moves to abolish the death penalty

The New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission, after nearly a year of deliberations, released its report and recommendations on Jan. 2.

EDITORIAL: Super breakthrough

The grand stage in professional sports is the Super Bowl. Amid all the usual accompanying Super Bowl hoopla, for the first time in its 41-year history African Amer-ican coaches will lead their teams onto the field of America’s premier sports event. Super Bowl XLI opens Black History month with a bang.

Civil rights groups launch 2007 agenda

Civil rights groups see a chance to make important gains during the next two years with the new dynamics in Congress. In a letter earlier this month to members of the House and Senate, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights outlined 16 key issues that the 200-member civil and human rights coalition plans to win.

Unions keep King dream alive

HOUSTON — The AFL-CIO’s national conference here, Jan. 11-15, celebrated the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., with a glorious tribute to a great man. Some 500 union activists from more than 15 international unions and many different states, including New York, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania made their presence known in profound ways.

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Charles Keller, an appreciation

Both the art and the political worlds will miss Charles Keller, a great artist of the 20th century. Keller, who seamlessly melded art and politics both in his work and in his life, passed away Aug. 21 at the age of 91.

No Child Left Behind needs big changes

While watching election returns last November, I felt particularly proud of friends and family in Montana as they elected to send labor-endorsed candidate Jon Tester to the U.S. Senate.

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