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Trump’s Plans to Weaken Environmental Protections Would Harm Black Communities

By Keith Rushing   The Trump administration has made clear that it plans to limit environmental protections and reverse course on the stronger regulations achieved under President Barack Obama out of concern for the bottom lines of corporate America. Mainstream media has covered Trump’s decision to prioritize private profits over public health and the well-being…

Climate Change is Creating Climate Refugees

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Have you ever heard of the Marshall Islands? They are 1156 islands that constitute a republic in the South Pacific. Major battles during World War II were contested on those islands and, following the war, nuclear tests were conducted on there, too, from which there was significant radioactive…

Environmental justice must be a national priority

By Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10) Too often missing in discussions on the challenges facing African Americans is any focus on environmental justice, the idea that all people should enjoy a clean, healthy environment while being treated equally with regard to environmental policies, regulations, and laws. African-American communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental degradation,…

The Continuing Scourge of Poverty, Hunger and Hopelessness in Rich America

By Marian Wright Edelman  A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come…

A Time to Break Silence

By Marian Wright Edelman  Fifty years ago on April 4, 1967, our prophet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the historic speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” at New York City’s Riverside Church. It was his first major public antiwar speech and a powerful warning that a rise in racial hatred, militarism and…

National Urban League Young Professionals President Encourages Young Professionals of Color in the Age of President Trump

Carlos Clanton, National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) president provides words of encouragement for young professionals who may be living with intense uncertainty in the current political climate. In a recent blog post, he answered the question “what now?” Clanton draws upon the strength of leaders from previous eras and provides insights for action steps…

Kun Mukhlisan

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I come in contact with many different ethnicities on a daily basis in my worlds of existences. Living in the multi-ethnic salad bowl called today’s United States of America truly is a melting pot if there ever was one. I’ve learned much from these continuous and occasional episodic real life experiences, so…

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Cops and Kids Committing Murder

By Barney Blakeney I probably shouldn’t have been upset last week at the acquittal of Minnesota policeman Jeronimo Yanez who was charged with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. Why would I expect that the video recording of a police officer shooting a Black man who posed no apparent threat would produce a…

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Making Dreams Become Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      My thoughts today are short, sweet and to the point. It seems that life always teaches me so much, even from the slightest instance or occurrence. Last Sunday, I had to stop by a drug store to pick up some items and as I proceeded to the checkout counter my…

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“A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As I shift into writing gear, there is so much swirling around in my head.  So, why don’t I just do a bits and pieces article? Ashleyville Mobile Home Park Residents Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place –  Folks in the mobile home park will be asked to leave and they…

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Black Banking – Self Help Economics

By Barney Blakeney    Here we go again. Another big bank has settled a discrimination lawsuit. The other day I read where Bank of America settled a complaint alleging a James Island branch discriminated against Hispanics trying to make homeownership loans. A couple of years ago it was Wells Fargo whose employees sold customers products…

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Thoughts for the Inquiring Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali        Our country’s going through some hard times of late in many sectors of far too many neglected ethnic folks’ hearts, souls, minds and thoughts. And it seems as though a lot of these folk from all cultures, from California to Maine, are showing blossoming signs of desperate angst and…

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