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Africa’s Rich Agricultural Assets

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - how countries avoid tariffs and trade imbalanceIt reminds me of the classic Gone with the Wind. A young Scarlet O'Hara was standing in a field with her father. He picks up a handful of dirt and puts it in Scarlet's hand and replies "Remember, it's the land Scarlet. It won't leave you. It can make you rich." That is so heavy, but so. At the end of the movie, Scarlet is down and out in Atlanta. Then, she remembers that lesson and says to herself "I am going back to Terra (family farm). Yes, that's what I will do."

Land, especially arable land, is a source of potential wealth. For some reason our African nations don't seem to understand this. We went on a trade mission to Kenya in 2004. We were given a tour of a textile facility that was supplying Target, Walmart and JC Penney with children's clothing. To

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Can Reparations Make Us Free?

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - ReparationsA caller on the Carl Nelson Show (WOL 1450AM – Washington, D.C.), at least each time I have heard him, talks about reparations and freedom. He called again when I was Carl's guest on July 16, 2014. The caller's passion, concern, anger, urgency, and frustration were all woven into his comments. I could not help but empathize with his position, nor could I refute what he was saying, despite his angry tone. He did apologize for the way he spoke, but both Carl and I told him there was no need to apologize. We definitely understood the reasons for his tone.

That brother's comments stayed on my mind throughout that night, and I kept thinking about the true meaning of freedom for Black people in this country. Notwithstanding

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The Politics of Federal Judges

African American news from Pasdena - Commentary - federal judges and their politicsThe two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law – underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. All of the judges voting to uphold the ACA were appointed by Democrats. All of the judges voting to strike down the law were appointed by Republicans.

We've seen this scenario played out at the U.S. Supreme Court, with most controversial rulings decided on a 5-4 vote, with conservatives clinging to a one-vote margin. But the most important appointments might be those of federal appeals court judges, the last stop before a case reaches the Supreme Court.

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Keeping your Eyes on the Prize

I heAfrican American news from Pasadena - Editorial - eyes on the prizeard a blues song recently and the words asked, "Where did you learn to shake it like that? Your daddy was a preacher, so where did you learn to shake it like that?" She answers, "My daddy was a preacher, but my mama was an alley cat." The song goes on and asks, "Why do you treat me like that? Your daddy was a preacher," and again she answers, "My daddy was a preacher, but my mama was an alley cat!" There is a message in that song that goes way beyond being a blues song. It tells you to watch the whole picture, not just what you see.

I have been a lawyer for over thirty years and I know our training in analyzing circumstances and situations is invaluable. I am always amazed when someone comes

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A Mississippi Freedom Summer Pilgrimage

By Marian Wright Edelman and Julia Cass

There is a photograph of a back road near Philadelphia, Mississippi that was the final stop on our step-by-step journey through the final tragic day of Freedom Summer volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Our guide was Leroy Clemons, a longtime local leader and activist whose family was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in Neshoba County and who is prominently featured in the excellent documentary "Neshoba: The Price of Freedom."

We both took this journey on June 25 with a group of about 400 young people, including young women participating in the Children's Defense Fund (CDF)'s summer leadership institute for young Black women. Other young people who were in Jackson,

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