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Report: Boosting Child Tax Credit would lift poor black children out of poverty

Report: Boosting Child Tax Credit would lift poor black children out of poverty

| August 21, 2015

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Reforms proposed to the Child Tax Credit by the Center for American Progress could help to reduce poverty in children younger than three years old in the black community by nearly 22 percent, according to a recent report. The plans to enhance the credit are laid out in […]

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Black unemployment dips to 7-year low

Black unemployment dips to 7-year low

| August 13, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—The black unemployment rate tumbled to 9.1 percent in July, the lowest rate for black workers in seven years, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department. Even though the black jobless rate has slowly ticked down to 2008 levels, some economists expressed concerns […]

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Senate appropriations bill cuts housing vouchers for poor families

Senate appropriations bill cuts housing vouchers for poor families

| August 7, 2015

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—For many Americans living in poverty, housing vouchers mean the difference between having a home of your own or living in a homeless shelter. As many as 85,000 low-income families could lose access to those vouchers under policies crafted in a new funding bill approved by the Senate […]

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Closing education gap would boost U.S. economy

Closing education gap would boost U.S. economy

| August 3, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Men of color would earn $170 billion more a year, if they reached the same education level as white men, according to a new White House report. The report examined “opportunity gaps facing youth of color” and found stunning correlations between the educational and employment success of […]

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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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