Congresswoman Maxine Waters has emerged as one of the strongest legislators, community organizers, and champions for women, children, seniors, veterans, people of color, and the poor. She was elected in November 2018 to her fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives where she proudly represents California’s diverse and dynamic 43rd Congressional District.
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Committee Democrats Fact-Check Secretary Carson’s Committee Testimony

NNPA NEWSWIRE — This week, at a full Committee hearing with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Benjamin Carson entitled, “Housing in America: Oversight of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” Committee Democrats asked questions about many of the Secretary’s harmful actions at HUD that he repeatedly answered inaccurately. […read more]

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Walk Bike Nashville hosted mayoral candidates (l to r) Mayor David Briley, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Councilman John Cooper and Dr. Carol Swain at Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Nashville Pride

Walk Bike Nashville hosts first 2019 Mayoral forum

NASHVILLE PRIDE — In preparation for the 2019 Mayoral Elections, Walk Bike Nashville held a forum featuring the top four candidates. On Wednesday morning, Mayor David Briley, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Councilman John Cooper and Dr. Carol Swain were on the same stage for the first time. The focus of the forum was to find out the candidates vision for walking, bicycling, reducing traffic fatalities and ensuring our streets serve all Nashvillians. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and www.billfletcherjr.com. He is the author of the new mystery The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
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COMMENTARY: Trump seems to be intent on an Israeli/Palestinian peace plan…without the Palestinians!

NNPA NEWSWIRE— “The most recent component of this story has been the leak that a special conference is to be hosted in Bahrain to unveil the bribe…excuse me…the economic package. The Palestinian National Authority, the political state structure in the occupied territories, was not invited to participate. Some Palestinian businesspeople have been invited, however. Reportedly they are choosing not to attend.” […read more]

Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of the Chamber. Website: www.nationalbcc.org Emails: halford@nationalbcc.org kdebow@nationalbcc.org
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COMMENTARY: The DNC is a Ball of Confusion

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Hillary appears to be out of the picture – at last! With that being the case, then who is in contention for the presidential nomination in 2020? Who is going to stand up face to face with President Donald Trump? Right now, we have over two dozen contestants to consider. Some are vague and not well known and others are hangers-on that are approaching 80 years in age.” […read more]

Rep. Wilson is the founder of the 50 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project of Miami and Jacksonville, Fla. The Role Models Excellence Project coordinator Marcus Bright and a student are scheduled to participate in the announcement of H.R. 1636 with Rep. Wilson.
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Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson Puts Focus on Social Status of Black Men and Boys

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s not easy being black and male in America. Despite historic gains made in the last 50 years, black males from all walks of life continue to face challenges and hardships that have created significant disparities in the areas that are most critical to ensuring that our boys have equal opportunities to develop the skills required to become successful men,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson in a statement on May 13. […read more]

Chairwoman Waters has consistently worked to defend the Consumer Bureau and ensure the agency is upholding its mission.
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House Passes Consumers First Act

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In February, Chairwoman Waters and Congressman Al Green, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, wrote to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger to request documents relating to recent settlements that do not require companies that have violated the law to provide redress to consumers who have been harmed. […read more]

Rep. Rashida Tlaib
Politics

Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Republicans ‘Twisting and Turning’ My Words Into Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s words are being twisted into racism and anti-Semitism by House Republicans. Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women in Congress and is a Palestinian refugee. In an interview with Yahoo News’s “Skullduggery” podcast published on Saturday, Tlaib was asked about her support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tlaib went on to say that she felt “humbled by the fact that it was my ancestors that had to suffer” for Jews to be safe from the Holocaust. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee
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House Passes Four Financial Services Bills Including Waters/McHenry Flood Insurance Extension

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Unfortunately, the National Flood Insurance Program is currently set to expire on May 31. My bill, which I have coauthored with Ranking Member McHenry, would extend the program to September 30 because we recognize that the NFIP is critical to ensuring access to flood insurance coverage across this country. And, this extension will afford the Ranking Member and I time to complete our work on a long-term bipartisan compromise.” […read more]

Several analysts point out that racism is one of the main engines and expressions of the counter revolution. This is best illustrated by the fact that the National Assembly is overwhelmingly white, while the Constituent Assembly appointed by Maduro much more accurately reflects the makeup of the country. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Latest US Attempt at Regime Change Hits a Snag

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The human toll is also staggering. Noted economist Jeffrey Sachs has said that since 2017, 40,000 Venezuelans have died because of the sanctions. Critics blame the sanctions and corruption and mismanagement of the Maduro government for shortages of food, medicine and other basic commodities and the collapse of oil prices and the strangulation of the economy by the US has made the lives of Venezuelans still in the country a living misery. […read more]

(l-r) State Rep. and mayoral candidate John Ray Clemmons and Rev. Leon F. Parker III.
Community

Clemmons says Bordeaux, North Nashville have been ignored for too long

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-55), a candidate for mayor of Nashville, hosted a listening session on Thursday at St. Luke CME Church, for the Bordeaux & North Nashville communities. The event focused on the fact that the Bordeaux and North Nashville communities have not benefited from our city’s unprecedented prosperity and offered an open forum on the future of these neighborhoods. This event was the second listening session in a series hosted by the campaign ahead of the August 1 election. […read more]

Senator Harris originally introduced the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act during the 115th Congress.
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Harris Introduces EQUAL Defense Act to Boost Pay and Resources, Limit Workload of Public Defenders

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “After spending my career around the criminal justice system, I’ve seen up close how it can fail to ensure that poor defendants receive a fair trial and due process, as guaranteed to all of us in our Constitution,” said Sen. Harris. “All too often, our public defenders are overworked and lack sufficient resources. This makes public defense unsustainable over the long haul. And the person who suffers is the defendant, whose liberty is on the line. It’s wrong, and it’s the opposite of justice.” […read more]

“The GAO’s findings make it clear that there is still much progress to be made,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
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Norton’s Congressional Bill Ensures U.S. Government Includes Black and Women-Owned Media in Advertising Contracts

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In 2017, the GAO examined spending on advertising contracts with minority-owned businesses by five agencies – the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of the Interior, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – and found that only five percent of the $4.3 billion available for advertising contracts went to minority businesses,” said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). […read more]

Intersections of Our Lives calls on our champions in Congress to raise their voices in opposition to the draconian Hyde Amendment. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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PRESS ROOM: Reproductive Justice organizations express dismay over Hyde Amendment status

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s 2019. How much longer do women of color have to wait for basic equity? How can it be that we still do not have enough political will from Members of Congress to say that women with less means are no less deserving of the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and their health with dignity and self-determination?” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. […read more]

Her Excellency, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the Ambassador of the African Union Mission, speaks to the media about the Grand African Run/Photo by Stacy M. Brown
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Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The more I thought about this idea of the Grand African race I began to see how we can bring the African diaspora and friends of Africa together, to promote our togetherness, to promote that which binds us and to promote all the wonderful accomplishments and the amazing things that are getting ready to come to Africa,” said Her Excellency, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the Ambassador of the African Union Mission. […read more]

Photo by: savannahtribune.com
Politics

Bernetta Lanier Announces For 1st Aldermanic District Seat

THE SAVANNAH TRIBUNE — Bernetta Lanier announced her bid to run for the 1st District Seat on Savannah’s City Council on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 outside of the Hudson Hill Community Center. This is her 2nd bid for the seat. Four years ago she challenged the then 12-year incumbent. Mrs. Lanier is a 4th generation resident of her neighborhood. She is President of Hudson Hill Community Organization, a Community Advocate for Greater West Savannah and she is Founder of Ivory Bay Community Development Corporation. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and www.billfletcherjr.com. He is the author of the new mystery The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
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COMMENTARY: Right-wing disrupters

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Liberal and progressive individuals and institutions should expect disruptions to not only continue but to increase in scale. Given the signals that the Trump administration has conveyed to the political Right—as in suggesting that it is appropriate to beat up opponents—the rabid Right feels empowered. […read more]

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest project MALVEAUX! On UDCTV is available on youtube.com. For booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com.
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COMMENTARY: How Strong is Our Economy?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “How strong is our economy? It is undoubtedly stronger than it was a year ago, but it’s not as strong as some claim that it is. Labor market weaknesses and inequality are of particular concern to African Americans. Companies are hiring, but they aren’t hiring enough African Americans to close the unemployment rate gap.” […read more]

Del. Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) speaks with reporters on May 1, minutes after a House Democratic Caucus meeting in Annapolis, in which she was selected as the new speaker of the House of Delegates. (Photo by: William J. Ford | The Washington Informer)
Government

Jones Chosen as New Md. House Speaker

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Maryland Del. Adrienne Jones of Baltimore County was unanimously chosen Wednesday as the state’s new House speaker during a special session among her colleagues. Jones, who served as speaker pro tem to organize House sessions when the late House Speaker Michael Busch wasn’t in attendance, becomes the state’s first woman and African American to hold the position. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee
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Waters: Buying A Car Should Be Fair, Transparent and Free of Discrimination

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Buying a car is a significant purchase for many Americans and should be a fair and transparent transaction, free of discrimination. Unfortunately, this is not the case for persons of color. The National Fair Housing Alliance, in a test of auto lending discrimination, found that nearly two-thirds of minority loan applicants received higher cost financing options from automobile dealers than less qualified white applicants. […read more]

Wayne Messam (Photo by: /wavenewspapers.com)
Politics

Black Florida mayor brings presidential campaign to Watts

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Democratic presidential candidate Wayne Messam visited Watts April 12, touring the area, meeting with community leaders and discussing issues such as gun violence and education. Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida, also spoke with members of the Black Los Angeles Young Democrats at the headquarters of the African American Voter Registration, Education, and Participation project in Baldwin Village […read more]

Urban Radio Network White House Correspondent April Ryan (right) and AARP’s Senior Vice President of Multicultural Leadership Edna Kane Williams.
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NNPA President Represents Black Press at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We are assembled together from across the nation as the media of America at a time when the Trump administration continues to have a frontal assault on the freedom of the press,” said Chavis, who received an invitation from Urban Radio Network White House Correspondent April Ryan and AARP’s Senior Vice President of Multicultural Leadership Edna Kane Williams. […read more]

“That should not be the case. I’m excited to co-found this caucus and confront this public health challenge, and I want to thank my EPW colleagues Senators Tammy Duckworth (left) and Cory Booker (center) for their dedicated leadership,” said Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) (right).
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Lawmakers Announce Creation of Environmental Justice Caucus

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The fact that communities of color, low income communities, and indigenous communities across the country disproportionately face environmental hazards and harmful pollutants on a daily basis has been ignored for far too long,” said Senator Cory Booker, the Ranking Member of the Senate Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee. […read more]

(l-r) Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke and Norfolk Delegate Jay Jones.
New Journal and Guide

O’Rourke In Norfolk

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke campaigned in Norfolk on Tuesday (April 16). with a stop at Charlie’s American Café on Granby St. Beto (as he is affectionately known) was greeted and joined by Norfolk Delegate Jay Jones. […read more]

"I call it the Kenney doomsday real estate tax maching." Deomocratic mayoral candidate Alan Butkovitiz said on THursady in decision his property assessment reforms outside City Hall. (Photo by: Philadelphia Tribune | Michael D'Onofrio)
Economy

Butkovitz pledges to make property assessments revenue-neural, create a ‘taxpayer advocate’

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE — Democratic mayoral candidate Alan Butkovitz says the city’s property taxes are out of whack for many, plagued by errors and inaccuracies that served as a “back door tax increase.” Butkovitz, the former city controller, pledged Thursday to make property reassessments revenue-neutral, scrap recent property revaluations and establish a “taxpayer advocate” to challenge the Office of Property Assessment’s calculations. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and www.billfletcherjr.com. He is the author of the new mystery The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
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COMMENTARY: The Mueller Report and the Question of US foreign policy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The lesson from all of this? If we are going to oppose Russian electoral interference—which we should—then what is demanded of democratic-minded people in the USA is absolute opposition to interference in the internal affairs of countries trying to pursue their own paths, particularly when those paths are consistent with rule of law and democracy.” […read more]

John Cooper
Politics

Cooper Takes Different Approach in Mayoral Run

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The predominant themes in this year’s mayoral campaign thus far have been encouraging corporate relocation and investment, wooing big league sports, and reducing the size of city government improving its efficiency. But when Metro Councilman John Cooper changed his mind about running for the office, he also adopted a different strategy. Cooper’s emphasis will be on neighborhood improvement, as well as sound fiscal policy, and rebuilding public trust in city government. […read more]

This case is part of a nationwide movement against the criminalization of homelessness, spearheaded by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and more than 850 groups and individuals who have endorsed the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision Establishes

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Judge Berzon, in her opinion, notes that the decision, while important, is unlikely to impose dire consequences on cities. “The distressing homelessness problem…has grown into a crisis for many reasons, among them the cost of housing, the drying up of affordable care for people with mental illness, and the failure to provide adequate treatment for drug addiction. The crisis continued to burgeon while ordinances forbidding sleeping in public were on the books and sometimes enforced.” […read more]

“The lesson is striking: Consumers are the big winners when marketplaces use all the tools of the Affordable Care Act,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “The policies underway in these three states are easily transferable, and if applied to the federal marketplace, taxpayers would save billions of dollars in subsidies, and middle-class Americans would benefit from much lower premiums.”
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PRESS ROOM: New Analysis Finds Leading State-Based Marketplaces Have Performed Well

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The report examines the impact that federal and state actions have had on state-based marketplaces and the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM). Cumulative premium increases in California, Massachusetts and Washington are less than half of the increases seen in FFM states, but 2019 premium increases spiked in California and Washington compared to Massachusetts, which continued its state-based penalty. […read more]

Critics, pundits and academics say it’s impossible to ignore the role race plays in Trump’s treatment of Puerto Ricans. Photo: SAN JUAN, PR - MARCH 4, 2018: Painted USA flag on uprooted tree from Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. / iStockphoto / NNPA
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Neglect, Disrespect of Puerto Rico by Trump Administration Continues

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Donald Trump administration’s response to the crisis reveals that Puerto Ricans are racialized as subordinate, despite their US citizenship, said Dr. Pedro Cabán, Professor of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies at University at the State University of New York in Albany. “Trump’s racially charged statements resurrected long dormant, degrading characterizations of Puerto Ricans as lacking the capacity and will to fend for themselves.” […read more]

“Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today. @IihanMN’s life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY).
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COMMENTARY: Omar Faces Rightwing Backlash as She Forces Uncomfortable Conversations About Israel, Palestine

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Trump, the New York Post and Fox News, each owned by media magnate and Trump friend Rupert Murdoch, and the Republican National Committee’s Ronna Romney McDonald, have led the way in the criticism, smears and deceptive coverage and which has triggered pushback and calls to cease this dangerous behavior from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, Women’s March creators Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory and a range of other women and activists, including Rashad Robinson of Color of Change, journalist and activist Shaun King and others.” […read more]

Dr. Shawn Joseph
Education

Board of Education Reaches Mutual Agreement With Dr. Shawn Joseph

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education voted today to buy out the contract of Metro Nashville Public Schools Director, Dr. Shawn Joseph, in a 5-3 vote. Joseph’s last day will be Friday, April 12, 2019. Joseph entered the position in July 2016 and is ending his tenure after slightly less than three years in a district serving more than 85,000 students and 11,000 employees. Dr. Adrienne Battle has been selected as interim director. […read more]

The arguments have been made. The issues are clear. If Japan pursues this course, then a strategic response needs to be offered, if not by cowardly governments, then by courageous global citizens.
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COMMENTARY: Killing whales…again?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…what is the Japanese whaling industry thinking? What could they possibly be thinking that would justify moving against another species? We have seen the impact of the conscious human destruction of various species—the buffalo being a profound example—and we know that once a species is gone, there is no bringing it back. There is no “…oops…sorry…” moment.” […read more]

Congress has the power and responsibility to ensure that every American can exercise their franchise. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Congress Traveling the Country to Hear Evidence of Voting Rights Violations

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Some of the violations that have been reported include closed polling places, new limitations on voter registration and removal of names from voter lists. The Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act while acknowledging the persistence of voter discrimination. Following the Court’s decision, which, as a practical matter, eliminated preclearance requirements under the Voting Rights Act, hundreds of voting rights violations have been reported. […read more]

Governor Ralph Northam Gives Inaugural Address (Photo by: Wiki Commons)
Government

Gov. Shows Support For Bills Addressing Va.’s Racial Disparities

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — During the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly, Black lawmakers and their allies proposed a number of bills to address the economic, social and educational disparities facing Virginia’s African-American community. The members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus have enlisted a reliable ally to make laws addressing those disparities a reality: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. […read more]

Read below for 10 tough questions Committee Democrats asked the CEOs to answer during the hearing.
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ICYMI: At Hearing with Megabank CEOs, Committee Democrats Ask Hard-Hitting Questions

NNPA NEWSWIRE — WASHINGTON – Yesterday, at a hearing entitled, “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 years after the Financial Crisis,” Committee Democrats asked the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of seven of the nation’s largest financial institutions tough questions on behalf of hardworking consumers. […read more]

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visitwww.juliannemalveaux.com
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COMMENTARY: Don’t Mess with Max: Mnuchin Madness

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Mnuchin is really above his Peter Principle as Treasury Secretary in any administration but 45’s. And those birds of a feather stick together because they share values and shady self-serving morals. Mr. Mnuchin boldly requested government planes to facilitate his honeymoon, is taking his cues from the man who has turned the Presidency into a profit center, operating government on a “pay-to-play” basis with possibly Russians, Saudis and who knows who else. […read more]

@TexasMetroNews @vinnylew @NNPA_BlackPress @realDonaldTrump
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OPINION: Trump, racism and low IQs

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “What I did not factor, was that Satan’s Jesus (Trump) had his own John the Baptist in the form of Rush Limbaugh. Rush had a prophecy too. He fed the sheep a hearty diet of White superiority and American Exceptionalism. All they needed was a personality to fill that empty wool suit. Donald John Trump was tailored made for Rush Limbaugh’s counter-cultural Couture.” […read more]

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HISD’s Contentious Superintendent Search Comes to a Screeching Halt

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In a letter, state-appointed conservator, Doris Delaney stated that she was using the legal authority bestowed upon her to suspend the search “until the agency has completed its special accreditation investigation” into HISD, specifically related to the serious allegations that five of the trustees – Diana Davila, Elizabeth Santos, Sergio Lira, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca and Anne Sung – violated the Texas Open Meetings Act. […read more]

Rapper/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle (Courtesy Photo) A peaceful vigil is set in front of THE MARATHON CLOTHING store, near Crenshaw and Slauson in South L.A., in honor of the slain rapper and beloved community leader. (vigil photo Brandon I. Brooks, Los Angeles Sentinel)
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Nipsey Hussle, Gun Violence and the Big Business of Weapons

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Guns contributed more than $52 billion to the U.S. economy and generated over $6.8 billion in federal and state taxes in 2018, according to a new WalletHub study that compared the economic impact of guns on each of the 50 states to determine which among them leans most heavily on the gun business, both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through ownership. […read more]

Earth Day is a stark reminder of the fact that African Americans and other minorities are often forgotten when it comes to the protection of their communities. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Environmental Racism is Real, Destructive and Deadly

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The problem with racism and society’s response to it is that we have failed to see this most basic thing: that in order to do that much damage to a community, one must so thoroughly objectify and dehumanize the people in it that they become things that can be discarded and forgotten about,” said Dr. Deborah J. Cohan, an associate professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. […read more]

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a fourth-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.
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Congresswoman Wilson’s Statement on Gen. John Kelly’s Use of a False Claim to Promote a New Career

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “If his actions weren’t so deplorable, I might feel sorry for him because despite his outward bravado, deep inside he knows the truth. When he looks in the mirror, even he can see the four stars he worked so hard for are forever tarnished as a result of his inexplicable decision on Oct. 19, 2017, to lie about me and lie to the American people.” […read more]

After her landslide victory, Lori Lightfoot speaks to her supporters as the Chicago’s first Black female mayor.
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What Does the Lightfoot Election Mean for Chicago’s Black Businesses?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “While Mayor Lightfoot will be in control, she faces decades of racism, sexism and corruption ingrained in the city’s systems. She will need continued support to affect real change,” In Our Own Voice founder, president and CEO Marcela Howell said. “Those who joined together to elect Lightfoot must now band with her to address the systemic oppression that cripples Chicago and threatens Black communities.” […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee
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During Fair Housing Month, Waters Convenes Hearing on Housing Discrimination in America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Let’s not forget that Donald Trump and his father were once charged with violating the Fair Housing Act, for discriminating against African American and Puerto Rican renters. Given that Trump was engaged in housing discrimination himself, it is unsurprising that his Administration has been so hostile to fair housing protections.” […read more]

“How do we ensure that future generations of all backgrounds live in neighborhoods rich with opportunity?” said Debby Goldberg, Vice President of Housing Policy and Special Project with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). “Fair housing. Fair housing can ultimately dismantle the housing discrimination and segregation that caused these inequities in the first place.” (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: After 51 Years, Fair Housing Still an Unfinished Journey

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, individuals filed 28,843 housing discrimination complaints in 2017,” said Waters. “Under the Trump Administration, fair housing protections are under attack…. According to news reports Secretary Carson proposed taking the words ‘free from discrimination’ out of HUD’s mission statement,” the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) […read more]

Black women sit at the nexus of race and gender and are buffeted by the twin spectres of these “isms”, and struggle upstream against a current of prejudice and bias which is compounded by gender and race. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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The Fight for Equal Pay, Gender Parity Heats Up

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Black women sit at the nexus of race and gender and are buffeted by the twin spectres of these “isms”, and struggle upstream against a current of prejudice and bias which is compounded by gender and race. This intersectional discrimination exacerbates those gender and race gaps, stymies Black women’s ability to access educational opportunities, and has a pervasive and corrosive impact on their careers and career advancement, experts say. […read more]

Trump’s words are all too familiar as he and his administration continues to focus on what they have defined as an “emergency” at the southern border. On June 15, 2015, as he announced he would run for President in New York, Trump said something similar to the caustic language his press secretary attempted to deflect from.
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Trump Calls Mexicans “Animals” Again and White House Advisors Attempt to Justify It

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During a set of comments with reporters present, President Trump said, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.” […read more]

Photo: Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo/Courtesy analuciaaraujo.com
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Reparations for Descendants of the Slave Trade Emerges as Democrats’ Campaign Platform

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In this context, new organizations such as ADOS (American Descendants of Slavery) also emerged and certainly contributed to the visibility of the debate on reparations,” Dr. Araujo said. “Unlike previous movements, ADOS gained more visibility through the presence of its founders on social media that helped disseminating the #ADOS hashtag,” said Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo, who authored the groundbreaking 2017 book, “Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History.” […read more]

New York Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer has continued to call out President Donald Trump and his administration’s assault on the Affordable Care Act.
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Senator Schumer: Trump and Barr Threaten African American Gains Under Obamacare

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Schumer noted that African American gains under the health care legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, are threatened by Trump and Attorney General William Barr as the Justice Department has argued in federal court that the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down – “Not just vital insurance reforms like protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, as they had first argued last year,” Schumer said. […read more]