We Need to Help our Seniors and Disabled Adults Out of Poverty
Written by Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) 21 May 2015
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) How many times have we heard the phrases that “Our budget is a reflection of our values?” or “A society is judged by how it treats its elderly, ... read more >>
It’s a “Cruel Summer” for California’s school workers
Written by Patrick Burns and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas 21 May 2015
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, California Assemblymember 54th District Patrick Burns, Senior Researcher at the Economic Roundtable When schools across the Golden State close for summer vacation in a few ... read more >>
Legalized Torture of Prisoners
Written by Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist 21 May 2015
  Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist Freddie Gray is neither the first, nor will he be the last person to die in police custody. According to a 2011 report from the Department of Justice, 4,813 people ... read more >>
To the Class of 2015
Written by Marc H. Morial, President and CEO National Urban League 21 May 2015
 Marc H. Morial, President and CEO National Urban League   "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. / It's had tacks in it, /And splinters, / And boards torn up, / And places with no carpet on ... read more >>
Malcolm’s Message on Resistance: Reflections on Baltimore, Ferguson and Elsewhere
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 21 May 2015
This month of remembering and honoring the birth, life and lessons of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Min. Malcolm X, finds us in the midst of a widespread and ongoing resistance against police violence. ... read more >>
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 21 May 2015
Many are concerned about ineffective Black leadership and a lack of (collective) community responsibility.  Nonetheless, these two very important issues go largely unheeded and Black leaders, especially, ... read more >>
Many Students Fail to Profit from For-Profit Colleges
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 14 May 2015
    According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, about 1.7 million people will receive their bachelor’s degrees, and another nearly 750,000 will receive associate’s degrees this ... read more >>
Baltimore Rising: Women Leading Fight for Justice
Written by Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League, 14 May 2015
    “Wherever there has been struggle, black women have been identified with that struggle.” – Ella Baker, “The Black Woman in the Civil Rights Struggle,” 1969 Marilyn Mosby was sworn into ... read more >>
Criminalizing Poverty Is Big Business
Written by MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN 14 May 2015
The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Mo. put a much needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines ... read more >>
Attacking Economic Racism
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 14 May 2015
Despite ill-intended efforts to do it for us, Black Americans have a responsibility to define our own reality. It is a fundamental human right recognized and respected by the United Nations. Therefore, ... read more >>
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 14 May 2015
  Last October, the African Heritage Delegation of Interfaith Peace Builders went on a two-week educational tour of Palestine.  Recently, the delegation issued a joint statement on the tour with Black ... read more >>
Baltimore Is Still Burning: And Let’s Not Forget Ferguson
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 14 May 2015
Many Black people appreciate Baltimore’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s handing down an indictment of the six police officers involved in the callous and cold-blooded killing of Freddie Grey. But ... read more >>
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 07 May 2015
       Congressman John Lewis says community/police relations is the civil rights issue of this time.  That may be true, but has any city treated community/police relations—specifically police ... read more >>
Knowing and Honoring Nathan Hare: Thinking and Thundering Black (Part II)
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 07 May 2015
    Part II. It is important to note that Dr. Nathan Hare’s intentions and initiatives are emancipatory, i.e., focused on and pursued with the liberation of our people as the central goal, ... read more >>
Lifting communities of color by raising to the minimum wage
Written by John W. Mack 07 May 2015
John W. Mack When I started working with the Urban League in 1964, college students from across the country were converging in Mississippi to ensure African-Americans could vote. The following year, ... read more >>
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 30 April 2015
    The approach of Black groups working to improve the lives of Black men and boys should be unapologetically Afro-Centric, i.e., always strongly focused on their unique needs.  This is necessary ... read more >>
Knowing and Honoring Nathan Hare: Thinking and Thundering Black
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 30 April 2015
    Part I. On April 9, Tiamoyo and I had returned to Temple University where I conducted an Indaba (conversation and council) with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the Department ... read more >>
Baltimore: We have Been Here Before
Written by Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist 30 April 2015
Now it is Baltimore. There Freddie Gray, a Black man, was stopped on the street, pinned to the ground, dragged to the back of a police wagon, and died in police custody. Six officers were suspended. ... read more >>
In Defense of ALEC
Written by Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
  We all know of the recent horror of a North Charleston, S.C. police officer deciding to murder an unarmed Black citizen by firing eight rounds at his back as he tried to flee and then tried to cover ... read more >>
‘Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly’
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
Kaylyn Sigman is a high school senior with big plans. A star soccer player from a poor rural Appalachian Ohio community who loves calculus and creative writing, she’s college bound this fall and dreams ... read more >>
Normalizing Relations with Castro
Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
I was standing in Jacksonville, Fla. airport awaiting a flight home when I looked up at the television at the gate. CNN was repeating the story that President Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro ... read more >>
Corinthian Colleges Fined $30 Million
Written by Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
  Financially-troubled Corinthian Colleges, once one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges, has a new financial hurdle: a $30 million fine. An April 14 order by the U.S. Department of Education ... read more >>
The State of On-Screen Diversity
Written by Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
“She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver ... read more >>
Who Can We Turn to Politically?
Written by James Clingman NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
“Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about ... read more >>
Facing ‘Officer Friendly’ While Black
Written by Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
Without the video, North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael T. Slager would likely have gotten away with murder. Without the video, we wouldn’t see Officer Michael T. Slager have the, shall we ... read more >>