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February 06, 2004

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tootsie

LKS, I understand your point.but what should we do (urban voters) sit on our hands ,don't vote presendential,send $ to Ralph Nator,start again the Freedom Now Party,that ran Albert Cleague for Gov.(Mich)in the 60s?
Tootsie

lks

this dichotomy is a false one. unlike 1992, 1996, or 2000, we have at least three candidates who have touted a number of policies that will benefit black working class men and women, and have expressed support for affirmative action. we don't have to sit on our hands...and the record is showing so far that black people HAVE been coming to the polls. they just haven't been voting for sharpton.

Cobb

I would have you start looking more closely at citywide politics and state politics and then get up close and personal to bills, businesses and contracts.

One of the things that really annoys me about this recent protest against the Inglewood Wal-Mart is that community members agitating for their say have wound up only being able to say one thing at election time instead of being able to say a number of things all the time.

So here's a huge opportunity for black construction workers to get to build the biggest building in the black community in a decade and how many of them know or understand the bidding process? The next thing, they'll be complaining about how Mexicans came in and 'stole' their jobs.

Watch out for activists who wait for things like Janet Jackson to start making noises about what's wrong with America, and watch out for figures like Sharpton who try to do agendas from the top down.

In my opinion, a lot of the black electorate needs to quite fussing about presidential elections and start attending city council meetings. Then questions like 'what would you have us do' will start coming from the candidates instead of the people.

tootsie

To amplify more of Cobb's point,Last Sunday I attended a UAW basketball game. Southfield civic arena(Detroit suburb) contracted with the UAW to rent the facility ,which has three courts adjacent to each other and seats overlooking the whole edifice approx. 250 people there including participants watch and patronize the concession stands.My point there is not one place in Detroit that offers that,I can also say same about bowling;So the casinos are fill with consumers there is no ownership.

tootsie

To amplify more of Cobb's point,Last Sunday I attended a UAW basketball game. Southfield civic arena(Detroit suburb) contracted with the UAW to rent the facility ,which has three courts adjacent to each other and seats overlooking the whole edifice approx. 250 people there including participants watch and patronize the concession stands.My point there is not one place in Detroit that offers that,I can also say same about bowling;So the casinos are fill with consumers there is no ownership.

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