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Why I’m Visiting the Border
August 16, 2019
“I shook hands with a 13 year-old-boy whose mother told him to make eye contact and shake hands firmly. Even in the midst of horrific living conditions and imprisonment, children at the facility are still being taught to treat people with respect, while being treated less than human…” ... read more »
At Central Library Book Talk, Rochelle Riley, Paula Williams Madison, and T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh Discussed the Residue of Slavery in American Society
August 8, 2019
Author Rochelle Riley appeared at Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium on July 27 to host a discussion on her book, “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery,” a provocative collection of essays on the long-standing effects of America’s original sin. The former Detroit Free Press columnist was accompanied on stage by journalist Paula Madison and actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, who both contributed essays to the book. ... read more »
Patrick Gaspard to Receive Prestigious NAACP Spingarn Medal
July 11, 2019
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has announced that Ambassador Patrick Gaspard will be awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal during the NAACP’s 110th Annual Convention taking place in Detroit, Michigan on July 24. ... read more »
Biden Doubles Down on Segregationist Comments, Analysis of 1994 Crime Bill is Next Test
July 4, 2019
On June 25, the New York Times published a deep dive into Biden’s views on justice reform and his involvement on the 1994 Clinton Crime Bill. Biden’s involvement was substantial, unlike former President Bill Clinton, Biden has never walked back his support for the largest crime legislation package in history. ... read more »
US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought
June 20, 2019
The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the U.S. would respond to any attack. ... read more »
Treasurer Appoints Distinguished Transportation Experts Dr. Beverly Scott and Frederick Jordan to High-Speed Rail Authority Peer Review Group
May 9, 2019
California Treasurer Fiona Ma has appointed two prominent African American transportation experts, Mr. Frederick Jordan of San Francisco and Dr. Beverly A. Scott of Albany, to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Peer Review Group. ... read more »
Prayers and Petitions Call for Payday Rule Enactment Clergy Pray in Protest at Trump Doral While 130-Member Coalition Petitions CFPB
April 12, 2019
Every year the payday lending industry convenes in an effort to further expand and preserve the combined $8 billion-dollars in fees generated each year by consumers caught in that and car-title loans. This year, 2019, also marks the second consecutive year, that the organization representing sellers of these debt-trap loans, the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), has held its event at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami. ... read more »
Trump Calls Mexicans “Animals” Again and White House Advisors Attempt to Justify It
April 11, 2019
President Trump said ... "You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals." ... read more »
Crossroads School Equity and Justice Institute to Host Helen Gym
March 29, 2019
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences will host Helen Gym, a leading progressive voice on Philadelphia City Council, on April 22 for a special event hosted by the Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute and the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series. ... read more »
Four Hundred Years and We Still Ain’t Clear: Distortions of Black History
February 28, 2019
“…there is this misguided group of Afrodescendants, who are throwing shade at those who are not ‘American descendants of slaves’ ADOS. Their shade is an odd version of the "am I Black enough for you" game that some folks ran against President Barack Obama, and are now running against Presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Corey Booker.” ... read more »
Harris on Unpaid Government Workers: ‘They don’t need a wall. They need a paycheck.’
January 18, 2019
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke on the Senate floor this week to call on her colleagues to immediately take up bipartisan legislation to re-open the government and put federal employees in California and across the country back to work. In her remarks, she noted that before the holidays the Senate unanimously passed legislation to re-open the government and that the president has consistently stood in the way of ending the shutdown. ... read more »
Two African Americans Sworn-in to Top State Posts
January 11, 2019
Aligned with the new governor of the state of California’s vision, two African Americans who were recently sworn-in to their elected seats both said they are also committed to making bold and progressive changes. ... read more »
African Americans Were Russian Targets in 2016 Election
January 3, 2019
The Senate Intelligence Committee released two reports this week about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. They both highlight the efforts by the Internet Research Agency (IRA) in St. Petersburg to influence black voters. The IRA is owned by Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, a good friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. ... read more »
Ailey Troupe Marks 60 Years by Looking Back at its Founder
December 27, 2018
It was March 1958 when an African American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works. ... read more »
Oral Arguments Scheduled for HBCU-Maryland Inequality Case
November 30, 2018
A coalition of HBCU students, alumni and others from Maryland are planning to pack the Fourth District Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia next month for oral arguments in a decades-old lawsuit over inequality in public higher education ... read more »
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