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Mitt Romney in Leaked Video: Obama Supporters Are ‘Freeloaders Who Pay No Taxes’

For a candidate who is often regarded as robotic, Mitt Romney is remarkably candid behind closed doors.

In a video secretly recorded earlier this year and sent to Mother Jones recently, Romney is heard describing Obama supporters:

During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them.

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Youth ‘Disconnectedness’ Rampant Nationwide; Black Youth MOST Impacted

A recent study entitled “One in Seven” examined the rate of “disconnectedness” amongst youth in the 25 largest metro areas in the US.

According to the results, 14 percent of teens nationwide are disconnected. “Disconnectedness” is defined as not working and not being in school.

Black youth accounted for the largest share of disconnected young people; a whopping 22.2 percent.

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Man Who Killed Alleged Sexual Abuser Scheduled to be Executed

46 year-old death row inmate Terry Williams was recently granted a hearing by a Philadelphia judge, regarding whether or not prosecutors failed to present evidence indicating the motivation behind a murder he committed 30 years ago.

As a college freshman, Williams – a former star quarterback and academically successful young man – was found guilty of murdering 56 year-old chemist and church volunteer, Amos Norwood.

What was never divulged or discussed was that Norwood had repeatedly sexually abused Williams and other young boys.

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On Revolutionary Black Womanhood

It’s an odd experience when two seemingly unrelated stories subtly and symbolically collide. In one corner, Michelle Obama wowed audiences with her speech at the Democratic National Convention two weeks ago. In the other, Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers’ Union, led Chicago Public Schools teachers into a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, when they decided to strike for the first time in 25 years after contract negotiations failed to result in agreement. Responses to Lewis’ and Obama’s public performances have ranged from praise to disappointment. And although much of the commentary has died down, an observation about two black women making national headlines is worthy of comment, especially when one of them isn’t named Beyonce–or Oprah.

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Chicago School Board President Says Classes Will Resume on Monday

According to WBEZ, an end to the Chicago Teacher’s Union strike may be in sight.

School Board President David Vitale says the district and teachers have agreed on a “framework” that will allow classes to begin once again this Monday.

Of course, nothing is set in stone.

From WBEZ:

“Vitale would not say where each side compromised, and he stressed that union delegates still must vote to end the strike.

He said the agreement gives children the time they need in the classroom and teachers the respect they deserve.

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Heavy Tension at Lil JoJo’s Wake; Funeral Home Evacuated

Chicago police were forced to abruptly end rapper Lil JoJo’s wake when mourners nearly knocked over his casket:

Tensions erupted late Friday morning at the wake of slain teen rapper Lil Jojo as hundreds of mourners, eager to take a last look, surged toward his casket, nearly knocking it to the floor and pushing family members out of the way, prompting Chicago police to clear the funeral home.

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President Obama Leads Mitt Romney in Major Swing States Virginia, Ohio, and Florida

According to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, President Obama is leading his rival Mitt Romney in multiple swing states.

Obama is up 5 points in Florida and Virginia, and a whopping 7 points in Ohio.

From the Huffington Post:

“Obama won all three states over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, but Florida especially would be a crucial winfor Romney.

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A Project for Peace

Peace is being able to have food everyday that settles aching stomachs. Peace is having access to healthcare. Peace is making sure income inequality levels is not as drastic as the lack of sanitation facilities available in Khayelitsha, Guguletu, Nyanga, and many other townships that still struggle for basic services that impact the quality of life. Peace is having access to fair and equal education, and not having to watch how the history of apartheid, segregation, colonization, and hate still impacts their lives today. A popular phrase in Khayelitsha, a township in South Africa, is “Amandla Uxolo.” This phrase means power comes from peace. Thus, peace in this context is predicated on the necessity of shifting a tradition of power structures. Unfortunately the most common way of reaching shifts in power (a means to peace) is often through immediate acts of violence. While I was working in Khayelitsha there were riots in this township. These were riots where rocks were thrown; glass shattered and fires that broke out in the streets. These were riots where cars were capsized and lives disturbed. And these were riots where fatality impacted innocent community members. All this violence for the achievement of peace seemed like a contradiction to me, until I understood peace in the context of marginalized groups struggling to better the lives of generations to come.

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President Obama Calls Himself ‘Mixed;’ Does It Matter?

During a campaign stop in Colorado, President Obama, widely considered the first black president, called himself a “mixed kid”:

Lately it’s been a rare occurrence when President Obama talks race but at a campaign stop in Colorado Wednesday he mentioned it and even identified himself as mixed-raced.

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NAACP Joins Fight Against Philly Voter ID Law

Today, a challenge to a voter ID law in Pennsylvania was brought before the PA Supreme Court Justices.

Meanwhile, the NAACP and local community activists held a rally across the street in opposition to the law.

From The Root:

“In his remarks at the rally, Kevin. R. Johnson, the pastor at Bright Hope Baptist Church, asked, “The question is really why did you have to change the law? Did you change the law because you knew that people lack photo ID in poor black and brown communities?”

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