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By this time tomorrow, many of us will be smacking our lips and filling our bellies. We’ll have the freedom to go to church to celebrate Thanksgiving, or not. And, if we want to take a YouTube jab at an elected official we don’t care for, we’ll be able to do that, too. But too many of us, here in the U.S. and abroad, will not have such luxuries.

For that reason, we at NewsOne have a few things for you to consider being thankful for less than 24 hours from now.

The 99 Percent

You may think these masses of people occupying parks and city spaces are annoying and shortsighted. But we are the nation that, back in 1773, told England to take their taxed tea and shove it! We are the America of Susan B. Anthony who demanded equal rights for women. Then there was the young man named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who challenged the powers that be.  The 99 percent, love them or hate them, you cannot hate on their protest hustle.


Not only did immigration diversify our nation, it brought us a young student who later met young white lady from the Jayhawk State who, together, gave birth to our 44th President, Barack Hussein Obama.

Who ever thought the dashing young man in this video would be President? The part at the end when he says, “I’m Barack Obama” was a sign that this Harvard Law Grad was headed to the White House.

A Roof Over Your Head

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless website, 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness every year. Be thankful you are not of them.

The Turkey On Your Table

925 million of our fellow citizens worldwide do not have enough to eat and 98 percent of them live in developing nations, according to the World Food Programme. One in four African Americans lives below the federal poverty line and more than 26 percent of Latino households struggle to put food on the table according to the Washington, D.C.-based Bread for the World Institute.

Friends and Family

Despite how gloomy the economy is and your struggles to live day to day are, take tomorrow off and be thankful for those around you.  Even if you have to eat at a church or a mosque because you cannot afford to buy your own bird, be glad for that. Be they your blood relatives or folks who care enough to call you friend, be thankful you have someone to share this very American holiday with.

Happy Thanksgiving from NewsOne!