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Conservative Koch Brothers Making Inroads into Black America

Conservative Koch Brothers Making Inroads into Black America

| July 31, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NEWS ANALYSIS BATON ROUGE, La.—It was a scene that a young, militant Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. could not have envisioned 30 years ago. Last week, at the national convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) here, Chavis was participating on panel about reforming the criminal justice system with, […]

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On 50th anniversary, Medicare, Medicaid still vital

On 50th anniversary, Medicare, Medicaid still vital

| July 30, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—As Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 this week, the nation takes a look at the impact of two of the most significant government programs ever launched. Medicare serves roughly 52 million Americans as of 2013, about 10 percent of whom are black. The program is part of the […]

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Trumping the Donald on immigration

Trumping the Donald on immigration

| July 29, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist Watching Donald Trump being interviewed this past week was—for the few moments that I could take it—quite fascinating. What quickly became clear was that Trump will not let the facts get in the way of his opinion. Actually, he will dispense with the actual facts and create his own. […]

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Guns and black folks: No bullets, no books

Guns and black folks: No bullets, no books

| July 29, 2015

For more than a century, descendants of enslaved Africans could be punished or put to death for learning to read or arming themselves. The strategy: Keep Black America ‘dumb’ and defenseless. By Karsceal Turner Special to the NNPA from The Florida Courier From the beginning, America’s founders and their descendants in formal and informal leadership […]

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Release low-level, nonviolent drug offenders

Release low-level, nonviolent drug offenders

| July 29, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne Johnson grew marijuana plants and was charged with intending to […]

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Activist’s supporters say Janice Green’s conviction politically motivated—#JusticeOrElse

Activist’s supporters say Janice Green’s conviction politically motivated—#JusticeOrElse

| July 29, 2015

By Brian E. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call The state of Alabama sentenced a black community organizer to 30 years in prison for attempted murder of a state police officer serving her a search warrant. She was also sentenced to 6.5 years for handling the 7mm magnum rifle used during the […]

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Obama urged to appoint reparations commission

Obama urged to appoint reparations commission

| July 28, 2015

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–In the wake of the mass murder of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C. and the rash of unsolved fires at black churches in the South, a coalition of black groups are calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to establish a “reparatory justice” […]

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Will the crucifixion in Charleston lead to a resurrection?

Will the crucifixion in Charleston lead to a resurrection?

| July 27, 2015

By the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. NNPA Columnist The confederate flag finally came down in Charleston, S.C.  The flag celebrated the sedition, slavery and secession of the Civil War. When Robert E. Lee surrendered, that flag was taken down. It was raised again over the statehouse in 1961 to celebrate segregation, suppression and states […]

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How will 2016’s presidential candidates save our cities?

How will 2016’s presidential candidates save our cities?

| July 27, 2015

Marc Morial By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “You must register. You must vote. You must learn, so your choice advances your interest and the interest of our beloved Nation. Your future, and your children’s future, depend upon it, and I don’t believe that you are going to let them down.”–President Lyndon B. Johnson on […]

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Beyond the symbolism of the Confederate flags

Beyond the symbolism of the Confederate flags

| July 27, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist The debate in connection with the flags of the former Confederate States of America (CSA) has unleashed a badly needed debate about U.S. history. As many commentators are noting, for the first time in a long time we are not just discussing whether the flags of the Confederacy offend […]

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