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End Cruelty to Immigrant Families and Children

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund “We can’t let people drive wedges between us … because there is only one human race.”      –Dolores Huerta, Co-founder, United Farm Workers July 26 was the deadline set by a court for the Trump administration to reunite all children and parents who were cruelly separated…

The Criminalization of Poverty: Cash Bail for Non-Violent Misdemeanors Perpetuates Unequal Treatment Under the Law

By Marc H. Morial “The rich man and the poor man do not receive equal justice in our courts. And in no area is this more evident than in the matter of bail … The man who must wait in jail before trial often will lose his job He will lose his freedom to help…

Trump Loves the Anthem and Flag, Hates the Constitution

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they (NFL Players) shouldn’t be in the country… We’re proud of our country and we’re proud of our flag…Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when…

The Sin, Hypocrisy and Racism of White Privilege

By Austin R. Cooper, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor The U.S. Constitution gives three eligibility requirements to be president: one must be 35 years of age, a resident within the United States for fourteen years and a natural born citizen. The term “natural born citizen” is not defined. Based on these criteria, I cannot argue that…

What the Supreme Court Nomination Would Mean for Black Women

By: La’Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM, Executive Director, New Voices for Reproductive Justice With the confirmation process underway for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Black women have certainly been voicing our opposition. There’s no sugar-coating it: confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would be disastrous for Black women. To begin, Kavanaugh has made it clear that he doesn’t support the right to abortion enshrined in Roe v.…

Jim Crow 2018

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Political Analyst From 1880 to 1965, there was an all-out assault on preventing African Americans from voting by having their right to vote deemed invalid. The Fifteenth Amendment prohibited blatant disenfranchisement on the basis of race or prior enslavement, but many Southern states came up with a slew of…

Black Men: “Bad Boys Need Their Fathers”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is no shortage of news.  Stories can be found everywhere!  As a writer I never know what I will write until I sit down to the computer.  There are several gut-wrenching stories in the news this week worthy of exposure; but today, I am led to deal with the rise and…

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Black Folks’ Continual Struggles

By Hakim Abdul-Ali This past Black History Month has been a hectic month for me personally, but I still managed to squeeze in time to read, actually re-read, Vincent Harding’s masterpiece about the Black struggle for freedom in America called, “There Is A River.” Without taking up your time today in discussing the book overall, I’ll…

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Timothy Dashaun Taylor Needs Your Help

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   I think it’s appropriate that I conclude Black History Month with the story of Timothy Dashaun Taylor. When I think about Timothy’s plight, I am reminded of Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son”.  The age-old mom had weathered the storms of segregation, discrimination and hopelessness.  And no matter what life threw…

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Jumping From Their Bedroom Windows Into Sex Traffic

By Barney Blakeney   A friend called me a few months ago about a lady in his community who is trying to bring some focus on the issue of human sex trafficking. It’s an issue that got my attention some time ago. Among the police reports I receive have been several in the past couple…

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It Must Never Be Overlooked

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m a self-obsessed lover of collecting anything relating to the cultures of Black folk wherever they reside. Label me what you want to, but that’s where my heart and soul are at when it comes to always wanting to fulfill my thirst and hunger for more Black “Our-story.” Every once and a…

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Why Black Folk Are Angry

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Why are Black Folk so angry?  Read on …. I was talking to one of my Hilton Head Island friends about the significance of Black History being taught in public schools.  We spoke about how our kinfolk– Africans were brought to America as slaves and the gut wrenching plight of native…

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