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Blacks missing out on ‘Obamacare’ savings

Blacks missing out on ‘Obamacare’ savings

| April 17, 2015 | 4 Replies

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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Record-level of criminal exonerations in 2014

Record-level of criminal exonerations in 2014

| February 24, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions. According to a recent report by The National Registry of Exonerations, the next highest total […]

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Income inequality rises in all 50 states

Income inequality rises in all 50 states

| February 6, 2015

Study: Poor, middle classes truly getting poorer By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Income inequality is rising and it affects workers in every state, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Researchers from EPI, a nonpartisan think tank focused on low- and middle-income workers, analyzed Internal Revenue Service data […]

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Poor communities lose billions to ‘predatory’ lenders

Poor communities lose billions to ‘predatory’ lenders

| February 2, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Predatory lenders continue to target poor, black and Latino communities, siphoning off $103 billion in fees and interests every year, and the rest of us are paying for it, according to a recent report by United for a Fair Economy. “This is more money lost in poor […]

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Scholar says race-neutral approach needed for affirmative action

Scholar says race-neutral approach needed for affirmative action

| January 10, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–In the wake of unrelenting lawsuits seeking to abolish affirmative action coupled with nearly half of all universities dropping consideration of race as a factor in college admissions, it is time to shift gears and devise a less objectionable race-neutral approach that will diversify higher education, said […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder seeks better educational opportunities for imprisoned juveniles

Attorney General Eric Holder seeks better educational opportunities for imprisoned juveniles

| December 21, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –In an effort to provide sufficient educational opportunities for incarcerated youth,  the Department of Justice and the Department of Education have released a joint corrections guidance for state educational agencies, a move expected to help black youth, a group confined to juvenile correctional facilities at higher […]

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