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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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Maine has nation’s top democracy; Alabama ranks last

Maine has nation’s top democracy; Alabama ranks last

| July 16, 2015

Indiana also near bottom By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Lawmakers in South Carolina voted recently to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds, but when it comes to access to democracy, the state still ranks among the worst in the country, according to a recent report by the Center for American […]

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Concealed carry permit holders kill hundreds

Concealed carry permit holders kill hundreds

| June 1, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., three years ago was involved in another shooting in the Sunshine State, again raises questions about concealed carry permits and the billion-dollar gun industry that advocates for legislation […]

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Black unemployment dips below 10 percent

Black unemployment dips below 10 percent

| May 18, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–The black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Despite the improvement, the black jobless rate is still double the unemployment rate of white workers, which has remained flat since February at […]

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New AG meets with Baltimore leaders, police, activists

New AG meets with Baltimore leaders, police, activists

| May 7, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent [Compiled from Pool Reports] WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Keeping her promise to ensure, “both strength and fairness, for the protection of both the needs of victims and the rights of all” in the criminal justice system, Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Baltimore May 5, to meet with city officials, law […]

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Blacks missing out on ‘Obamacare’ savings

Blacks missing out on ‘Obamacare’ savings

| April 17, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs. According to the […]

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Record number of former workers without benefits

| March 23, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–With no federal unemployment insurance and rapidly disappearing state coverage, the percentage of people benefiting from unemployment insurance is at its lowest level in more than three decades, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on low- and […]

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Increased black home ownership would slice wealth gap

| March 23, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Researchers studying the effects of public policy on the racial wealth gap estimated that the median wealth of black households would rise 451 percent if blacks owned homes at the same rates as whites. “With policies that advance the rate of black and Latino homeownership to the […]

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Jail population overlooked in reform efforts

Jail population overlooked in reform efforts

| March 23, 2015

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–In a system that is often overlooked by the public and misused by law enforcement, blacks account for more than one-third (36 percent) of the jail population, according to a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan research and policy group. The report titled, “Incarceration’s […]

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Supreme Court’s Shelby ruling makes Selma a ‘footnote’

Supreme Court’s Shelby ruling makes Selma a ‘footnote’

| March 7, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–As Washington lawmakers, local officials and activists were preparing to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to observe the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., some civil rights leaders were wanting them to remember that voting rights are still under attack. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., […]

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