Criminal justice reform for Black America is long overdue. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and can be reached at dr.bchavis@nnpa.org
#NNPA BlackPress

COMMENTARY: Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue for Black America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — For 40 long years, until North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed “Pardons of Innocence” documents for each member of the Wilmington Ten (including myself), the issues of unjust and disproportionate mass incarceration, bail reform, racism in the judiciary, prosecutorial misconduct, and reentry challenges were not matters of partisanship, but were matters of fundamental civil and human rights. […read more]

Democrat Stacey Abrams, candidate for Govenor of Georgia and her opponent Brian Kemp, current Georgia Secretary of State.
Atlanta Tribune

Northern District of Georgia Court Orders Full Counting of Absentee Ballots

ATLANTA TRIBUNE — These are ballots which were cast in good faith by thousands of Georgians attempting to exercise their fundamental right to vote, and which were among the countless votes Brian Kemp attempted – but ultimately failed – to suppress in this year’s election. Judge Jones is the fourth Federal judge in the past three business days to find that portions of the Secretary of State’s administration of the 2018 election violate the United States Constitution. […read more]

(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

Is the FBI Underreporting the Surge in Hate Crimes?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Anti-Black or African American” bias accounted for nearly half of all crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, which rose 18 percent according to the FBI data, while “Anti-American Indian or Alaska Native,” “Anti-Multiple Races, Group,” and “Anti-Hispanic or Latino” hate crimes all increased over 20 percent (251, 180, and 427 incidents, respectively). […read more]

Official ballot for the 2000 United States Presidential election, November 7, 2000, from Palm Beach County, Florida. (Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)
Featured

The Florida Election & the Ghost of Gore-Bush

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote,” Andrew Gillum said. “We’ve learned in various parts of this state that there are still votes that are outstanding. There’s even still in parts of this state some uncertainty around the total number of votes that are remaining to be cast.” […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services
Commentary

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Salutes Veterans & Military Families

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to millions of courageous veterans and military families in California’s 43rd District and across the country,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “Our veterans are real-life heroes, and we will forever be indebted to these brave men and women who have answered the call to serve in our nation’s military.” […read more]

“If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row”- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her. U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy will head to a runoff against incumbent Republican Hyde-Smith on Nov. 27. (Photo: Official Senate Photo / Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

NAACP Calls Mississippi Candidate Hyde-Smith’s Hanging Comments “Sick”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Hyde-Smith’s decision to joke about ‘hanging,’ in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick. To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish People and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hateful and hurtful…” — Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO […read more]

Too many on both sides of the political aisle and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue feel we are beyond the ability to honesty work for national healing. God help us to keep it from becoming part of this ongoing American tragedy.
Commentary

COMMENTARY: A nation dangerously divided

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — The deaths of those two African Americans in Jeffersontown were just as significant. Yet, it was difficult for the current administration in Washington to classify these murders as acts of terror. In fact, there are strong feelings that if it were not for the Jews murdered in Pittsburgh, the Jeffersontown murders would not have even been considered newsworthy. […read more]

Black History

Power of the Gavel: Five Black Caucus Members Set to Chair Committees in Congress

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Rep. Maxine Waters is slated to chair the powerful House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Bobby Scott will be the Chairman of Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings will Chair the Government Oversight Committee, Rep, Bennie Thompson will Chair Homeland Security and Texas Eddie Bernice Johnson will Chair the committee on Science, Space and Technology. […read more]

“…During the 2015 election for District Attorney, Steele campaigned on a promise to prosecute Bill Cosby. That promise purposely converted Bill’s case into a political issue for Steele’s own gain.”
Commentary

EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby says, “Vote for Justice, Equality and Democracy”

NNPA NEWSWIRE EXCLUSIVE — “On the eve of this very important election day, these examples remind me of the dangers we faced during Mr. Nixon’s presidency. Both then and now, the American people have been dangerously close to being governed by a dictatorship…a dictatorship intent on serving its own greedy interests even when it results in eradicating the laws that protect humanity. […read more]

Race was also a factor in the first debate, when Tallahassee Mayor, Andrew Gillum confronted Representative Ron DeSantis about his earlier “monkey it up” comment.
Miami Times

Race issues big part of Florida governor’s race

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…race became a theme throughout the contest between the two candidates, reflecting a national tone of intolerance between Americans with ideological and obvious differences such as skin color and place of origin. The bitter battle between Gillum and DeSantis was overshadowed last week when intolerance manifested itself on Oct. 24, the day of the scheduled, second debate.” […read more]

Through the campaign, volunteers will download a mobile app and chat with voters to get out the vote, with hopes of reaching 600K infrequent Black American voters, during this critical election period. (Photo: NAACP)
Featured

NAACP Launches “Text the Vote!” Campaign

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our lives are on the ballot this year, so it is absolutely crucial that Black Americans as a whole, participate in these midterms elections at rates that reflect our true voting power,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement. “We are urging everyone to use their power to register and mobilize new voters and get involved in one of the most important elections in our nation’s history.” […read more]

Former President Barack Obama, Vice President Pence and Oprah Winfrey have traveled to Georgia to campaign for Stacey Abrams, turnout votes and focus on early voting.
Black History

Election Day 2018: Three key statewide contests featuring an African American running for Governor

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In a race marred by blatant examples of voter suppression and voting machine irregularities the NAACP Georgia State Conference partnering with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law won an injunction against the use of the controversial voter regulating software – Exact Match,” noted the NAACP in a November 2 press release. […read more]

Polls proved to be wildly inaccurate and the numbers completely misread how well Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, would eventually fare in the primary. He won.
Commentary

A Black man who could become Florida’s next governor

NNPA NEWSPAPER — “Nationally, a confluence of factors, including a surge of political grassroots activism, resistance to the odious policies emanating from the White House and record numbers of women – particularly Black women and women of color – has resulted in these groups and individuals not just mobilizing and organizing but also running for office. This groundswell has changed the face of the election landscape.” […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com. And look for his new novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

COMMENTARY: The rise of anti-Semitism has nothing to do with those who are pro-Palestinian!

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When neo-fascists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and chanted “Jews will not replace us!” Trump was silent. His later comments that there were allegedly good people on “both sides” excused away the actions of these fascists. Therefore, no surprise when former President Obama and others said that Trump’s words of condolence in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh massacre rang hollow. […read more]

Black History

Georgia NAACP Files Voter Complaint Against Secretary of State Brian Kemp Over Voting Machine Irregularities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Georgia NAACP has received complaints from several voters on touch screen irregularities when attempting to select Stacey Abrams as their choice for governor – the machines instead chose Secretary of State Brian Kemp. In other instances, machines showed ballots being cast before any the person actually voted. […read more]

Comcast continues to offer “an unmatched internet experience that combines gigabit speeds with wall-to-wall WiFi, personalized tools and controls, and enough capacity to stay ahead of tomorrow’s innovations,” says Dana Strong, Comcast’s president of Consumer Services.
National

PRESS ROOM: Comcast Becomes Nation’s Largest Provider of Gigabit Internet

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We’re now the nation’s largest gigabit Internet provider and we’ll continue to be a leader when it comes to providing the fastest speeds to the most people. Nearly all of our 58 million homes and businesses passed in 39 states and the District of Columbia can access our ultra-fast Xfinity Gigabit Internet and Comcast Business Gigabit services,” Steven V. Restivo, VP Corporate Communications, Comcast […read more]

Teachers go to great lengths to identify what percentage quizzes, homework, tests, extra credit, and class participation count towards the overall grade, but the seemingly objective way educators determine grades are often inaccurate, hide student achievement, and actually perpetuate achievement gaps. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: School Grading Practices Are Inaccurate and Inequitable to Black Children

NNPA ESSA MEDIA CAMPAIGN — “Grades determine so many decisions made about our children: whether they are promoted, qualify to play on the athletic field, graduate, receive scholarships, and get accepted to college. Unfortunately, in too many schools and classrooms, teachers often unwittingly assign grades in ways that are unfair and make success more difficult for black and other underserved children.” […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services
National

PRESS ROOM: Congresswoman Waters Statement on GOP Plan to Cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…It is a testament to their moral depravity and endless greed that the Republicans and Donald Trump would once again attempt to break the social safety net to pay for their GOP Tax Scam law. Through their actions and words, the Republicans and Trump have made it abundantly clear that they are willing to break the backs of working families and America’s seniors to serve and enrich powerful corporations and Wall Street banks.” […read more]

(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Black History

Black Women Voters Seek to Shake up Midterms

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Trump presidency has repeatedly undermined the Affordable Care Act and other health programs that benefit the health of Black women. Black women will step up and vote for those who will work together with us to create health equity so that our families and communities can thrive…” — La’Tasha D. Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice […read more]

Dr. Elizabeth Primas is the program manager for the NNPA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public Awareness Campaign.
Commentary

Do children all need to succeed the same way?

NNPA ESSA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN — Unlike widgets, children will never fit perfectly into standardized molds. They learn to walk at different ages. They learn to talk at different ages. And each child has a different set of interests and learning style. Students’ ability to demonstrate mastery in one area over another has a lot to do with their previous knowledge and exposure to out-of-the-classroom experiences. […read more]

Photo: Bill Cosby with publicists Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson (Photo: Ebonee Benson / Facebook)
Crime

VIDEO: Bill Cosby’s Life in Prison – Comedian Gets First Visit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Mr. Cosby said Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela helped him prepare for this chapter of his life. He said they told him that if he was going to continue to fight for civil rights, something like this was bound to happen and he’s been prepared for it and he knows he’s in prison not for rape, but for infidelity. He knows he’s innocent and he’s kept his head up.” […read more]

Willie Mack of Tuscaloosa contacted CLC's Blair Bowie two weeks ago because he had tried to register to vote and had been denied. Blair, who works with the Alabama Voting Rights Project, a joint project with CLC and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help Alabamians with past convictions restore their voting rights, checked his record and it showed that he had a trafficking conviction in 1990, which is disqualifying.
Cincinnati Herald

I have a felony conviction. Can I vote?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — While many states have some restriction on felon voting rights, most states restore the right to vote to people after they complete their sentences. In fact, up to 17 million Americans with past convictions can vote right now – they just don’t know it – because the felony disenfranchisement laws in every state can be confusing. […read more]

– The Rainbow PUSH/CEF Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund, convenes for its 19th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, November 1-2, 2018 at the Motor City Casino Hotel and Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan.
National

PRESS ROOM: 19th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our presence in the automotive industry is vitally necessary for the advancement of minority suppliers, dealers and other professional vendors,” Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said, president and founder of Rainbow PUSH. “We plan to work with automakers to develop concrete goals and timetables, as we collectively define the critical path for ethnic minority growth. With the integration of technology in the automotive industry and advancement of mobility, minority suppliers and automakers must adjust their game plans accordingly.” […read more]

Featured

Election Day countdown: The war for maximum voter turnout in Nov. 6 election is on

THE MISSISSIPPI LINK — The suit alleges that Georgia’s “‘no match, no vote’ voter registration scheme violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” according to a statement from the organization.The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over the state’s “discriminatory and unlawful ‘exact match’ voter suppression scheme.” […read more]

Sen. Kamala Harris questions Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh (screen capture / YouTube)
Featured

Senators Urge Trump Administration to Halt Deportation of Mauritanians

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Between 1989 and 1991, tensions between Arab-Berbers and black ethnic groups in Mauritania resulted in the government-led displacement, expulsion, and denationalization of over 70,000 black Mauritanians. According to Human Rights Watch, these injustices were also accompanied by a litany of other abuses, including extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture, rape, property theft, and destruction of legal documents. […read more]

Launched in May, the “Be the Difference. Vote,” campaign relies on studies that show voters 50 and older are the most reliable. (Photo: AARP)
Featured

AARP’s ‘Be the Difference. Vote.’ stresses the importance of voting in this year’s midterms

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “‘Be the Difference. Vote.’ is a non-partisan campaign whose goal is mobilizing African Americans voters — and all voters 50 and older — to exercise your power and vote,” says Edna Kane-Williams, the senior vice president of Multicultural Leadership at AARP. “Critical issues like Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs and family caregiving are on the line and older voters need to show up and protect what they’ve earned.” […read more]

Kanye West visits the Oval Office Oct. 11 to meet with President Trump. As he had on Saturday Night Live and other occasions, as dozens of camera rolled, he stressed the need to end prison slavery by removing the slavery exception clause in the 13th Amendment that enslaves prisoners.
California Voice - San Francisco Bay View

COMMENTARY: The Kanye conflict over the slavery exception clause: Amending the amendment that ‘abolished’ slavery

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — “While Kanye is a clown in many senses of the word, his buffoonery can be used to our advantage. Right now he has everyone’s attention, so instead of writing off his statements as if they’re all idiotic remarks, it’s time to critically take a look at the claims he’s making because prisoners have been resisting and fighting to abolish the 13th Amendment for decades and now a magnifying light is amplifying that call.” […read more]

Derrick Johnson is the President and CEO of the NAACP. Follow him on Twitter at @DerrickNAACP or @NAACP. Pledge to vote by Texting NAACP to 40649.
#NNPA BlackPress

PRESSROOM: NAACP Monitoring Possible Voter Suppression Tactics in Georgia Gov. Race

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s a stain on our system of democracy when less than a month before an election which could produce the first African-American female governor in our nation’s history, we are seeing this type of voter suppression scheme attempted by a state official whose candidacy for the governorship produces an irremediable conflict of interest,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. […read more]

With 40% of Americans supporting the president’s rhetoric and policies, America remains extremely divided. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Are Blacks Warming Up to Trump?

WASHINGTON INFORMER — For the record, since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking unemployment statistics based on race in the 1970s, the rate of Black unemployment today, 5.8 percent (compared to the overall unemployment rate of 3.8 percent) is at its lowest percentage ever. However, economists emphasize that the downward trend first began under President Barack Obama, further noting that the numbers do not take into consideration those who have stopped looking for work, many of whom are Black. […read more]

Crime

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

HUDSON VALLEY PRESS — Affecting so many from all walks of life, domestic violence’s effects have profound, rippling effects. It’s one of the many reasons organizations like Safe Homes that protect victims on multiple levels is such a pivotal piece to troubleshooting and reducing the incidence as well as roller coaster of emotions connected to domestic violence. […read more]

President Barack Obama (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
#NNPA BlackPress

Obama Issues Second Round of Midterm Endorsements

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” said President Obama. […read more]

As a vocal outspoken opponent to President Trump, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has received death threats.
Commentary

Rep. Maxine Waters Pushes Back Hard Against Unsubstantiated “News” From the Right

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Lies, lies, and more despicable lies. I am utterly disgusted by the spread of the completely false, absurd, and dangerous lies and conspiracy theories that are being peddled by ultra-right-wing pundits, outlets, and websites who are promoting a fraudulent claim that a member of my staff was responsible for the release of the personal information of Members of the United States Senate on Wikipedia…” […read more]

Official photo of United States Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
#NNPA BlackPress

Senator Kamala Harris Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Judge Kavanaugh the American people saw before the Judiciary Committee does not have the character, the temperament, or the judgment to sit on the highest court in our land. His own partisan, evasive, dishonest, and aggressive testimony demonstrates that we cannot trust him to be a fair and unbiased jurist. He is simply unfit. The Senate should have put partisanship aside and demanded better. […read more]

Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder and all 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of police misconduct. (Photo by Nancy Stone/Pool/Chicago Tribune)
#NNPA BlackPress

GUILTY!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday, October 5, by a jury at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, ending decades of frustration in Chicago’s Black community and marking a significant turning point involving police misconduct in the police department’s notorious history. […read more]

Chicago Defender

Here’s Why Black Unemployment Fell In September and (Hint) Trump Has Nothing To Do With It

CHICAGO DEFENDER — The African-American unemployment rate went from 6.3 percent to 6 percent, the second lowest on record behind 5.9 percent in May, according to the U.S. Labor Department who released the report on Friday. The decline suggests that Blacks had a less tough time with finding work. However, the change was little compared to August’s job report. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

COMMENTARY: Time stopped for me on September 27th

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…the continuous suggestion that there must have been something wrong with Dr. Ford and others who have brought forward allegations against Judge Kavanaugh because they failed to raise their concerns earlier is specious. It is an allegation that can only be made by someone(s) who has not faced ridicule, harassment and self-doubt in response to their experiences with sexual harassment or assault.” […read more]