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Articles from the October 29, 2020 edition

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  • Why the 2020 Vote Matters More than Ever to African Americans

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Senior Correspondent|Oct 29, 2020

    Her father survived Jim Crow and saw the evolution of the vote in America, so Lex Scott speaks from a unique perspective when she champions African Americans' historical significance casting their ballots. "When my father voted, his life was at risk," remarked Scott, the president of the Black Lives Matter Utah Chapter. "Black people were also filled with many obstacles that prevented them from voting. Some had to be landowners; some had to be sponsored by white personnel," Scott recalled. "Some...


    Oct 29, 2020

    Mayor Mike Duggan has joined five co-sponsoring members of City Council to announce a comprehensive plan to recognize and prioritize Detroit homeowners negatively impacted by property tax over-assessments from 2010-2013. Today, a resolution proposing these benefits will be introduced at city council's formal session. The four-year program establishes a priority designation in eight programs, effectively placing these Detroiters first-in-line for job consideration, senior home repair grants, affordable housing units and ownership of...

  • You Have The Right To VOTE; Now use it!

    Gina Wilson Steward|Oct 29, 2020

    .It is the year 2020, and the General Election is less than a week away. Are you going to vote in the election. I hope so. This brief history explains what transpired in order for you to have 'the right' to vote. The 15th Amendment states: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. " The 15th Amendment granting African-American men the right to vote was...

  • OP-ED: Black Voters Cannot Afford Four More Years of Trump

    Frederica S. Wilson, US Congresswoman D-FL|Oct 29, 2020

    In 2016, then-candidate Donald J. Trump asked African Americans, "what the hell do you have to lose," by supporting his campaign. Nearly four years later, the answer is painfully clear: a hell of a lot. In the past eight months alone, a majority of Black businesses have closed, Black families are experiencing high unemployment and facing economic insecurity. Most tragic of all, Black people have died from the novel coronavirus at double the rate of whites. It didn't have to be that way, but...

  • Are you still ridin' with Biden?

    James Abeare, Contributing Columnist|Oct 29, 2020

    We saw the last 2020 presidential debate last week and it was pretty balanced and tame than the first debate. But one thing popped out during the debate that made everyone heads spin. He said that he would faze out fossil fuels, I think he said in five years, but I hoped I heard it wrong. He tried to deny that he would end fracking but there is video that proves he said it. That night Biden probably lost Pennsylvania and Ohio. Why would a presidential candidate want to end America’s energy s...

  • Faith and Community Leaders to Government Officials: Protect the Vote, Count the Votes

    Oct 29, 2020

    WASHINGTON – Faith leaders from across Michigan joined a group of more than 1,100 faith and community leaders representing communities in all 50 states today as a part of a joint call for federal, state and local public officials to do everything in their power to guarantee that Americans are able to cast votes free of fear and intimidation and that every vote cast in the 2020 elections will be counted. "The values of our faith traditions inform our dedication to this cause," the leaders w...

  • Michigan judge sides with open-carry of firearms at polling stations

    Oct 29, 2020

    (Reuters) - A Michigan judge sided with gun-rights advocates on Tuesday in allowing the open carrying of firearms at Election Day polling sites, blocking enforcement of an order by state authorities barring such displays of weapons to prevent voter intimidation. State Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, vowed to immediately appeal the ruling, saying: "This issue is of significant public interest and importance to our election process." Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, also a...

  • Family-Run Hot Dog Stand Navigates an Uncertain Season

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Oct 29, 2020

    Tommy Ruark has enjoyed cooking since he was a teenager. The 26-year old Westland resident says it has always been a hobby, so when some retiring neighbors who ran a mobile hot dog stand were planning on selling their food cart, the opportunity was too good to pass up. "I always enjoyed food anyways, and I just though running a food cart was cool, and I've expanded our menu a little bit and I just really enjoy the work," he says. It was 2014 when Ruark along with his sister, Heather, purchased...

  • MDHHS makes COVID-19 recommendations about Halloween trick-or-treating, celebrations

    Oct 29, 2020

    To help ensure the only thing scary about Halloween is the costumes, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued guidance on how to safely celebrate the holiday during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The way we celebrate Halloween in Michigan will be different this year due to COVID-19," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. "However, there are still many ways to celebrate safely. The guidance MDHHS issued today provides tips for...

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