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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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How to keep our black boys alive

How to keep our black boys alive

| July 28, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the black community: just about every black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police, and all live daily with […]

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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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Incarcerated women, girls suffer abuse, neglect in criminal justice system

Incarcerated women, girls suffer abuse, neglect in criminal justice system

| July 27, 2015

By Shantella Y. Sherman Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) recently held a panel of juvenile court judges and young women to discuss how Congress should address the specific needs of women and girls in the judicial system. The panel, on June 26, focused on issues impacting women […]

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Haitians in Dominican Republic risk becoming stateless

Haitians in Dominican Republic risk becoming stateless

| July 27, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Racism is flaring its ugly head again on the island of Hispaniola, a Caribbean island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. For decades, thousands of Haitians have crossed over into the more affluent Dominican Republic to seek better economic opportunities. Over the years, some of these Haitians stayed, made […]

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