Politics

Who Won the War on Poverty?

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Ronald Reagan quipped: “In the 60s we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won.” Did it? This month, 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, effectively kicking off the Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: The Hungry Child

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Some children cheer when schools close for winter storms, but there are hungry children in America right now for whom another snow day meant another day without access to school breakfast or lunch. Despite criticism, some big city Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Fighting Poverty on Two Fronts

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a war on poverty.  Appalled by the way too many Americans lived, he empowered federal workers to develop and implement programs that created jobs, health care, housing and legal assistance.  Some Read More

Politics

Republicans Move to Claim Poverty-Fighting Mantle

[New York Times] WASHINGTON — Senator Marco Rubio says the American dream has become “unattainable.” Senator Mike Lee says reforming government benefits programs should be the country’s “first priority.” And Representative Paul D. Ryan says the government safety net has “failed miserably.” Fifty years after Read More

World

Caribbean Nations United for Reparations

    By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In a move  that has  implications for Blacks throughout the U.S., more than a dozen Caribbean nations have banded together to urge European countries, which profited from the transatlantic slave trade, to begin Read More

National

Black Children Among the Nation’s Poorest

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the American economy stumbles through an uneven  economic recovery, Black children continue to suffer record levels of poverty, including 1 in 4 Black children under 5 years of age that live in extreme poverty, Read More

Politics

Selma SCLC Protests Closing Legal Services Office Serving Black Belt Region

by Rev. Franklin Fortier Special to the NNPA from the Greene County Democrat The Selma Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is protesting the Legal Services Corporation, of Alabama’s  recent announcement that it will close two of its nine offices and terminate eight of Read More