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Chicago Verdict Raises Hope of Greater Police Accountability
October 11, 2018
A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A White officer stood before a mostly White jury and was convicted of killing a Black teenager. ... read more »
Homeowner Bill of Rights: Protecting Families from Life’s Financial Storms
October 4, 2018
In recent weeks, multiple news sources have reported on the 10-year anniversary since the onset of the nation’s foreclosure crisis. Between 2007 and 2011, 10.9 million homes went into foreclosure, with 8 million completing that process. Additionally, $1.95 trillion in lost property value affected both families who lost their homes to foreclosure, as well as their nearby neighbors who remained in their homes. ... read more »
SCAQMD Refinery Committee Directs Development of Measure to Phase Out Toxic Chemical at Two Refineries
September 28, 2018
The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Refinery Committee today directed agency staff to develop a regulation by May 2019 to better mitigate the risk from – or possibly phase out -- the use of a highly toxic chemical used at two Southland refineries. ... read more »
The Criminalization of Poverty: Cash Bail for Non-Violent Misdemeanors Perpetuates Unequal Treatment Under the Law
September 28, 2018
Our nation’s racially-discriminatory cash bail system has left hundreds of non-violent misdemeanor suspects to die in jail while awaiting trial, simply because they are poor. A 2015 study identified more than 800 deaths in local jails and lockups; more than 75% of those in local jails have not been convicted, and 70% of those awaiting trial are detained for non-violent offenses.  ... read more »
Man Sentenced for Killing UCLA Student
September 21, 2018
A Fresno man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2015 murder of a 21-year-old UCLA student whose body was found after a fire at her Westwood apartment, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. ... read more »
2018 National Essay Contest on the Film “DROP” for Youth,  Ages 12-18 years Cash Prizes for Winners!
September 20, 2018
The DROP Essay Contest is part of the annual 2018 Week of Positive Change, Non-Violence and Opportunities, October 13-21, 2018. In a joint statement, BW4PC National co-chairs Dr. Stephanie Myers and Daun S. Hester stated, "We must convince youth that dropping out of school is a pipeline to prison and violence. They must stay in school and earn their high school diploma or GED to prepare for success." ... read more »
Los Angeles NAACP Supports Ridley-Thomas’ 
African American Voter Efforts
August 22, 2018
At face value, the previous weeks headlines seemed disturbing: University of Southern California had referred a donation, made to the School of Social Work by LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, to federal officials for investigation. ... read more »
Justice Served: McCulloch Out, Bell in as St. Louis County Prosecutor
August 16, 2018
Just over four years ago, on August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson. He was shot six times, and might have survived some of the shots, but was fatally wounded when he was shot in the head. Wilson claimed he shot in self-defense, but Michael Brown was unarmed. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch took his time convening a grand jury and announced in November 2014, three months after Brown's murder, that the grand jury voted not to indict Wilson. ... read more »
Comedian Kevin Hart helping 18 students at HBCUs
August 16, 2018
Hart's "Help From The Hart Charity'' and KIPP Public Schools each donated $300,000 in scholarships administered by the fund. Hart also gave $100,000 to the fund in 2015. ... read more »
Annual NAACP Convention Closes with a Call to Vote
August 9, 2018
109th NAACP Convention Closes with Call to Vote, Importance of Millennial Engagement. ... read more »
Black Female Pilot Makes History in Alabama National Guard
August 2, 2018
News outlets report that 2nd Lt. Kayla Freeman of Huntsville graduated from Fort Rucker's Army Aviation School last month, following her 2016 graduation from Tuskegee University where she was enrolled in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.  ... read more »
Congress Must Stop Family Separation
July 26, 2018
Families come to this country seeking asylum. They undertake grueling, dangerous journeys in the hope that America will provide safe harbor from the violence that they are fleeing. Some are escaping domestic abuse, others have come to our shores to save their families from gangs. None expect to have their children ripped from their arms when they finally reach safety. ... read more »
Houston Forward Times Publisher Continues Parents’ Legacy
June 28, 2018
Karen Carter Richards, the publisher and CEO of the Houston Forward Times, was born in a small town in Arizona; her family moved to Houston when she was just one month old. ... read more »
“Wendy’s Window”: Juneteenth Runs Deep Even in the West
June 21, 2018
Juneteenth is celebrated across the country, but is recognized more in Southern states. Families celebrate the “holiday” in many ways, including family reunions, cookouts, fireworks and parades. ... read more »
History Behind Juneteenth
June 14, 2018
In today’s modern world of cell phones, computers and the internet, it is easy to take for granted the sheer ease and expedience at the reach of our fingertips. ... read more »
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