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COVID-19 Worsens Debt Collector Harassment
November 12, 2020
As the final days of the 2020 election season drew to a close, major media across the nation focused on polls and prospects for the presidential candidates. At the same time, scant news coverage reported on a development affecting 68 million consumers: debt collection regulation.  ... read more »
UCLA Reports Disparities in School Suspensions Among Racial Groups
October 15, 2020
A national analysis of school suspension data by the UCLA Civil Rights Project found "disturbing disparities'' among racial groups with inconsistencies that vary state-by-state and district-by-district, according to a report released. ... read more »
Trump Administration Ramps Up Efforts to Dismantle Post Office
August 21, 2020
“They have withheld that money. They have broken the law,” Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass told BlackPressUSA during a livestream interview last month. Other Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), also told BlackPressUSA that the president is trying to dismantle the postal service. ... read more »
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Director Shaun Mathis talks about new documentary ‘Miles in the Life: The Story of a BMF Drug Trafficker’
August 13, 2020
Don’t get me wrong. There are worse places to grow up than the crack-era Brooklyn during the 1980’s epidemic. For example, there are hard-and-fast war zones where bombs explode regularly, and being rounded up and executed in plain sight are a daily occurrence. So — Brooklyn in the ’80s is not as graphic but the impact is just as devasting because it is a war and there are direct casualties and significant collateral damage.  ... read more »
Congresswoman Maxine Waters Honored with Award at LMU’s annual King Celebration
February 6, 2020
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43rd District) delivered the keynote speech and was named the second recipient of the University's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice before a capacity crowd during a ceremony held in the campus' Saint Robert's Auditorium this past Thursday, January 23. ... read more »
Black Fact of the Day: Dec. 9, 2019- Brought to you by Black365
December 9, 2019
Comedian and actor Redd Foxx was born in St. Louis, MO, 1922. ... read more »
Importance of Educators of Color for Black and Brown Students
October 31, 2019
This month, my organization, the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools released its highly-anticipated report, “Identity and Charter School Leadership: Profiles of Leaders of Color Building an Effective Staff” which examined the ways that school leaders of color’s experiences and perspectives influence how they build school culture, parent and community relationships, and effective staff. ... read more »
Black Fact of the Day: Oct. 12, 2019- Brought to you by Black365
October 12, 2019
Comedian, activist and nutrition expert Richard “Dick” Gregory was born in St. Louis, MO, 1932 on this day. Brought to you by the Black365 Calendar. Find out more at BlackHistoryCards.com ... read more »
The Human and Economic Toll of Gun Violence is Staggering
October 3, 2019
The September 18 state-by-state examination of the economic costs of gun violence, reveals numbers that the committee called "staggering." For instance, in 2017, for the first time, the rate of firearm deaths exceeded the death rate by motor vehicle accidents. Nearly 40,000 people were killed in the United States by a gun in 2017, including approximately 2,500 school-age children – or more than 100 people per day and more than five children murdered each day. Sixty percent of gun deaths each year are firearm suicides, researchers said. ... read more »
102 House Members Rebuke Delay of Payday Loan Rule Waters Led Effort Supported by Many CBC Members
September 5, 2019
Anyone who struggles with the rising costs of living knows all too well how hard it is to try stretching dollars when there’s more month than money in the household. Predatory lending, like payday and car-title loans, worsen financial stress with triple-digit interest rates that deepen the debt owed with each renewal.    ... read more »
NYPD Fires Officer 5 Years After Garner’s Chokehold Death
August 22, 2019
After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the Black man whose dying gasps of “I can’t breathe” gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force. ... read more »
If You’re Poor in America, Debtor’s Prison is Real
July 25, 2019
The people who are jailed or threatened with jail often are the most vulnerable Americans living paycheck to paycheck, one emergency away from financial catastrophe, according to a 2018 report from the American Civil Liberties Union. ... read more »
Police Officer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Death Won’t Be Charged
July 18, 2019
After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won’t bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — “I can’t breathe” — became a national rallying cry against police brutality. ... read more »
Reparations Must Include the Costs of Predatory Lending New University Studies Track High Costs of Discriminatory Housing
June 7, 2019
In recent years, the spate of homicides linked to questionable uses of deadly weapons and/or force, have prompted many activist organizations to call for racial reparations. From Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida, to Michael Brown’s in Missouri, Eric Garner’s in New York and many other deaths -- a chorus of calls for reparations has mounted, even attracting interest among presidential candidates.   ... read more »
2020 Candidate Kamala Harris Targets State Abortion Bans
May 30, 2019
The move comes as the issue of abortion moves to the forefront of the presidential campaign. Harris is among the Democratic presidential candidates who have been sharply critical of a new spate of abortion laws that have cleared state legislatures and sharply curb abortion access. Supporters of such measures have openly predicted that the laws could spark court fights that will eventually lead the Supreme Court to revisit the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision. ... read more »
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