Politics & Law

For the First Time in History, Two African Americans will Hold Top Leadership Positions in Congress at the Same Time

Recently, CBC Member Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08) was elected chair of the Democratic Caucus, and Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC-06) was elected Majority Whip, making it the first time in history that two African Americans will hold top leadership positions in Congress at the same time. In response to these elections, the Chairman of…

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Hiram Revels: The First Black Senator

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA Much is being said about Mike Espy’s recent loss in the race for the Senate in Mississippi, but did you know that during Reconstruction in 1870, Mississippi elected the first black Senator in the United States? His name was Hiram Revels. Born free in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1827,…

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Supreme Court Hears Important Civil Forfeiture Case

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The Supreme Court this week is considering limiting the practice of civil forfeiture, which law enforcement has used since the War on Drugs mostly against African-Americans, Hispanics and those in poor communities. At the heart of arguments in the nation’s highest court are two questionable forfeitures. The…

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Give Us All of the Bush Record

By Richard Prince Special from Journal-isms (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The death of almost any president is an occasion for glowing tributes, the challenge being to tell the truth without offending sensibilities. And including the sensibilities of readers and viewers of color, whose recollections might not match those of the “mainstream.” The passing of George H.W. Bush,…

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More Than 60 National Civil Rights Organizations and Stakeholders Call on Congress to Diversify Top Staff

Special from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, along with more than 60 national civil and human rights organizations and stakeholders, has sent a letter calling on members of Congress to prioritize diversity in hiring top staff. “The next two months provide an…

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Indictments and Trials Finally Come in Police Shootings of Blacks, Minorities

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Recent indictments and convictions suggest a swinging pendulum, and at least some cracks in the “Blue Wall” that all too often conspires to hide details and protect officers guilty of unjust shootings of African Americans and others. Prosecutors in Chicago have won an indictment, alleging that three…

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Sen. Kamala Harris Expected to Announce 2020 Intentions

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris has never been known to pull-punches. Harris is viewed by those who know her as someone who’s “as tough as they come.” And, she knows that any bid for president in 2020 against the bombastic Donald Trump will take a bit of…

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund to Supreme Court: Rule on Police Obligation to Administer Aid

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the question of whether police officers are constitutionally obligated to help a person injured during arrest. Officials said the question arises from the case of Jason White, a decorated…

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