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NYC Public Library System Drops $300M on Midtown Branch, While Harlem Library is Outrageously Underfunded

While the New York Public Library system intends to invest $300 million in renovations for its flagship 5th Avenue facility, Harlem’s Macomb’s Bridge library is housed in a converted studio apartment, and boasts 14 chairs, 10 laptops, and 61 shelves of books. Only 25 people can occupy the space at one time. Couldn’t some of that $300 million go to NYC’s underfunded libraries, like the one in Harlem?

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Hundreds of NYC Fast Food Workers Are on Strike

Fast food workers across New York City are on strike, demanding better pay, the right to unionize, and an end to abusive labor practices.

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The Nation: From the Deep South to the Midwest, a Generation Demands Justice

A recent article over at The Nation shines a light on how young people from across the country are uniting, organizing, and demanding justice.

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Detroit is Biggest City in U.S. History to File for Bankruptcy

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:53 am July 19, 2013 Detroit, Michigan is officially the biggest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. Many fear massive layoffs, higher fees, and the scaling back of a variety of services. From NewsOne: Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010. A population that in the 1950s reached […]

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Lauryn Hill Rails Against Racism, Oppression and IRS in Open Letter

head of her three month jail sentence for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill posted a lengthy open letter on her Tumblr. In it, Hill breaks down and dismisses the concept of “reverse racism,” addresses the continued oppression of African Americans, and discusses her tax evasion trial.

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Two Whole Foods Employees Suspended for Speaking Spanish

A Whole Foods Market in New Mexico is in the news for suspending two employees for allegedly speaking Spanish while on duty.

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Chicago Closes 50 Public Schools, While Spending $100 Million on Private Stadium Project?!

The city of Chicago closed 50 public schools because of a budget shortfall; but that hasn’t stopped them from dedicating $100 million to a new “event center,” including a 500-room hotel and basketball arena for DePaul University.

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Dear Thurgood Marshall Jr, Why Are You On The Board Of Directors For CCA?

Kim Moore wants to know why Thurgood Marshall Jr. sits on the board of directors for CCA (Corrections Corporation of America): “Having all this information, carrying your fathers last name and legacy, I must ask, are you betting on or against black men?”

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STUDY: Body Mass Index of Low-Income African Americans Linked to Proximity to Fast Food

According to a recent study, the body mass index of low-income African Americans that live in close proximity to fast food is higher than those who do not. Often called food deserts, cheap, affordable, abundant fast food options in low-income neighborhoods is highly influential on obesity rates among the population.

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Milwaukee Set to Become Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

Two hundred Milwaukee fast food workers are set to go on strike, demanding a pay increase to $15/hr and the right to unionize.

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