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The False Equivalency in the World of HIV
July 28, 2016
My organization, I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center partnered with Alan Haymon and Haymon Entertainment, as well as Pfizer, Inc. and together, over a period of 18 months, visiting 66 cities, in 24 states, tested more than 30 thousand primarily African American men, women and young adults for HIV. During that period, we found 600 plus HIV positive persons with the oldest being a 65 years old woman in Philadelphia, PA and the youngest, a 16-year-old black girl in Seattle, WA and none of those 600 plus Black people that tested positive for HIV, knew that they were infected with the virus; which brings me to the titled of my article, The False Equivalency in the World of HIV. ... read more »
Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs & Justice
July 28, 2016
As demonstrated by the recent acquittals of the Baltimore police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray, and the wave of violence that has taken so many lives in recent weeks, the country continues to grapple with issues of racial hostility and violence. ... read more »
Financial justice a key focus at 2016 NAACP convention
July 28, 2016
With 2,200 branches in every state, and added presence on 60 military installations -five located overseas, the NAACP’s grassroots reach is unparalleled. ... read more »
Driving Under Oppression – A Look At Racism Through The Eyes Of A 17 Yr. Old Educated Black Man
July 28, 2016
My only question is why? What is it about us that so many people fear? What is it about Alton Sterling that placed the officer in so much timidity that he had to shoot him repeatedly? What was it about the hard working and innocent cafeteria manager Philando Castile that provoked unnecessary violence from the officer who pulled him over? In a blog published by the Huffington Post, Dr. Joy Degruy, author of the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, is interviewed. During this interview she states that "Black people are 'profoundly resilient' but the fact is, they have been traumatized... and white people are afraid. The biggest trauma whites suffer from black people... is a fear of black people." The author of the blog continues by paraphrasing Degruy's words when she says that "The holding onto the secret of the horror of white racism has taken its toll on white people and has caused them to live in fear. So, at the end of the day, white supremacy has traumatized both black and white people. Black people are afraid of a government which has not and will not protect them; white people are afraid that perhaps their injustice, or complicity in the dispensation of injustice, will come back to haunt them." ... read more »
Retired LAPD Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey Speaks Out Against Senseless Killing of Black Men
July 27, 2016
In the past two weeks, Black America has been in an uproar about the recent killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling who was tackled to the ground and shot several times by two white Baton Rouge police officers and 32-year-old Philando Castile who was shot and killed by a Minnesota officer while reaching for his wallet to show his identification. ... read more »
Affordable housing is a key priority for the Ninth District
July 27, 2016
Everyone knows the shortage of housing in Los Angeles is dire, and the cost of living has outpaced wage growth drastically. That’s why I fought hard to increase the living wage for hotel workers in 2014 and in 2015 authored legislation to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020. ... read more »
Intellectual Honesty about Race and Criminal Justice Reform
July 27, 2016
In the wake of the most recent fatal tragedies in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge, there are renewed fervent calls for improving relations between police officers and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. ... read more »
Racial Anxiety Fuels The Trump Campaign
July 27, 2016
The anti-Trump movement at the Republican National Convention failed to derail the fast track nomination of the presidential candidate. ... read more »
Eliminating Health Disparities—Quality Healthcare for African Americans
July 20, 2016
National Medical Association addresses HIV/AIDS at its 114th Annual Convention ... read more »
Schools Fail Black Students, Why Are We Silent?
July 20, 2016
(The mission of the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA) is to develop a Black united front, which has not happened on a broad or sustained manner since the civil rights era.  ... read more »
Remembering Audacious Black Power: Revisiting the Model and Meaning
July 13, 2016
The Black Freedom Movement culminates in the Black Power Movement which leaves a special legacy of ideas and action worthy of study and emulation of its best thought and practice. Central to this process was the Black Power Conferences which brought the major Black Power organizations, organizers, leaders and advocates together to form a united front, pass resolutions on critical positions, and set in motion projects of enduring value. ... read more »
Dallas Tragedy Debunks Every Anti-Safety Myth Blocking Common Sense Gun Reform
July 13, 2016
One of the more unsettling revelations about the tragedy in Dallas is that the mentally unbalanced gunman was rejected, after a background check, for membership in an extremist group but was legally able to purchase a high-capacity assault rifle. ... read more »
Give consumers their day in court: Hold financial services accountable
July 13, 2016
Poll finds bipartisan support for consumers to challenge finance contracts ... read more »
National Newspaper Publishers Association Calls for Appointment of a Special Federal Prosecutor on Racially Motivated Police Killings in the United States of America
July 13, 2016
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the nation's largest trade association of African American-owned newspapers and media companies, issued an urgent call and demand that President Barack H. Obama and U.S Attorney General Loretta Lynch appoint a Special Federal Prosecutor inthe wake of the police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. ... read more »


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