Marching to the ballot box

Ferguson protesters (Via Flickr @SocialJusticeSeeker812)

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist It is inaccurate for newscasters to say, “In the aftermath of the recent racial turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., calm and peace has now been restored.” Peace is not the absence of violence, war, inhumanity or oppression. Peace is the presence of equality, empowerment and justice. The truth is [...]

The Lessons of Ferguson, Part I: Economic Inequality

Ferguson protesters via Flickr user @SocialJusticeSeeker812

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am haunted by the words spoken by Lesley McSpadden immediately following the shooting death of her [...]

Obama’s Labor Day message: Get to work on raising minimum wage

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The White House and union leaders are using Labor Day reinvigorate efforts to raise the minimum wage. Legislation to increase the federal pay floor from $7.25 an hour stalled in Congress this spring, but Democrats hope the issue will resonate with voters in November, especially in states with closely contested Senate races. “Raising the minimum [...]

Tarrant County Democrats and RNC Labor Day Statements

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Labor Day statement from Tarrant County Democrats: “The right to earn a decent living is something that all Americans should be guaranteed the right to, and the ability to do that is exactly what has and continues to make our country great.   Hardworking Americans are the reason that The United States is the largest [...]

Symbolism without Substance: From Jena to Ferguson


By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, La. in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice. After all the speeches, threats, marches, and church rallies, the people went home and nothing really changed. The prosecutors did their thing and the system rolled right over Mychal Bell and [...]

From ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ to ‘Hands Up, Vote’

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By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Out of every momentous national tragedy that Black Americans have continued to endure in the United States, there has always emerged a redeeming moment to push harder and further on the long journey toward freedom, justice and equality. The continuing unrestrained fatal police killings of Black American males [...]

2 Black men per week are killed by a cop in America

Howard University students join the Hands Up Don't Shoot movement in memory of Michael Brown

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Occasionally, police officers behave in such as dastardly manner that it captures international attention. There was the 1997 famous video of four White LAPD officers taking turns clubbing and kicking Rodney King nearly beyond recognition after a high-speed automobile chase. In 1999, on the opposite coast, an unarmed, 23-year-old [...]

Governor Perry booked in Travis County on two federal charges

Governor Perry's mugshot via Twitter

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, turned himself in amid the cheers of supporters at the Travis County Courthouse on Tuesday to face two felony counts of abuse of power. He was not a contrite defendant. “I believe in the rule of law,” he told the crowd. “We will prevail.,” [...]

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