Abbott applauds Perry, but says federal government will pay the bill

Abbott listens as Perry announces deployment of National Guard on the Texas border.

AUSTIN— Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement regarding the decision announced today to deploy the National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border: “I applaud Governor Perry for providing the decisive leadership needed to address this crisis. Make no mistake: This is more than a border crisis – this is a national crisis affecting [...]

Will Black Southern voters play a historic role in fall elections?

Southern black voters don’t usually play a decisive role in national elections. They were systematically disenfranchised for 100 years after the end of the Civil War. Since the days of Jim Crow, a fairly unified white Southern vote has often determined the outcome of elections. This November could be different. Nearly five decades after the [...]

Beyond the Rhetoric: Connecting the Dots throughout the World

Harry C. Alford

By Harry C. Alford The idea hit me during the International Panel at our 22nd Annual Conference in Chicago last week. Speaking on the panel were National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) members from Colombia, Benin, Ghana, Suriname, Ethiopia and France. Ghana, France and Suriname have participated at previous conferences. At the end of the session [...]

17 years later, Judge Ronnie White confirmed to the federal bench

Judge Ronnie White

The U.S. Senate confirmed former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White’s appointment to the federal bench on Wednesday afternoon. The Senate was split nearly along party lines, 53-44, in favor of his nomination, the Washington Post reported. Judge White was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1997, but his nomination was blocked by a Republican controlled Senate. [...]

California death penalty ruled unconstitutional, is Texas next?

death penalty

A federal judge has ruled that California’s death penalty system is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution’s 8th Amendment. “California’s death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out [...]

SisterSong and Free Marissa Now joining forces for Standing Our Ground

Mandatory Minimums

ATLANTA  – SisterSong has partnered with the Free Marissa Now Campaign to host Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression Violence against Women and Mass Incarceration the weekend of July 25-28 in Jacksonville, FL. The weekend will begin with a community wide Reproductive Justice 101 training on Friday followed by our RJ Institute [...]

Curtis Report: Dallas County Republican Chair Wade Emmert Should Resign

Columnist Barry Curtis

By Barry Curtis There is much to say about the moral make up of a man or an organization. My proclivity to goodness suggests that I give all men an equal opportunity to disappoint. Wade Emmert and the establishment elements of the Dallas County Republican Party have certainly disappointed all true conservatives in Dallas county. [...]

SNAPSHOT: Timeline of the violence in Gaza

attack timeline

The violence in Gaza is entering its second week with no end in sight. A brief ceasefire initiated by Egypt failed to bring a halt to rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas. According to data released by Israel’s Defense Forces, 155 rockets were fired from Gaza on July 15th alone. Palestinian officials have said that [...]

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