If legislators and police are allowed to criminalize protests, America’s democracy is imperiled. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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North Carolina Attorney Says States Are “Criminalizing” Protests

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Looking at the current administration, we are going to have an uptick in protests because the president’s policies are not only affecting African Americans and minority communities, he’s affecting women now and you have more than just one outraged community,” said North Carolina attorney Darlene Harris. […read more]

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“What an honor to receive this affirmation from what I refer to as the source,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has fought to help the Black Press receive advertising from the federal government, whose various agencies has spent nearly $5 billion on ads over the past decade but just 5 percent of those dollars spent with African American-owned media.
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Norton, Garza Receive NNPA Awards at Black Press Week Ceremony

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “What an honor to receive this affirmation from what I refer to as the source,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has fought to help the Black Press receive advertising from the federal government, whose various agencies has spent nearly $5 billion on ads over the past decade but just 5 percent of those dollars spent with African American-owned media. […read more]

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during a March 18 press conference in Annapolis on the state's fiscal 2020 budget. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Government

Hogan Blasts Legislature as Assembly Nears End

WASHINGTON INFORMER — With less than a month before the Maryland General Assembly’s 90-day session ends, Gov. Larry Hogan didn’t mince words Monday at a press conference. He pleaded with the majority Democratic legislature to approve legislative that hold school systems accountable, cut taxes and eliminate mandate spending that would cause an average $7,000 tax hike for homeowners. […read more]

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at L.A.'s Families Belong Together March in June 2018. (Photo by: Luke Harold | Wiki Commons)
Defender News Network

Kamala Harris wants federal ban on Death Row executions

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says there should be a federal moratorium on executions. The senator from California discussed the matter on National Public Radio on Thursday, a day after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom of California granted reprieves to 737 death row inmates and signed an executive order placing a moratorium on executions. […read more]

“Reparations is a conversation that is in-depth and involved and it’s a long and necessary conversation,” Garvey said.
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Dr. Julius Garvey Still Seeking Redemption for his Father and Africans

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In recent years, Dr. Julius Garvey has worked to secure a pardon for his famous father. “The charges against others involved were dropped, but my father was convicted by an all-white jury on charges that were widely considered politically-motivated and in a trial tainted by misconduct.” After spending nearly three years in jail, President Calvin Coolidge, under public pressure in 1927, commuted Garvey’s sentence but still deported him. […read more]

Government

Dutchess Legislature Approves Term Limits

HUDSON VALLEY PRESS — The Dutchess County Legislature has had a de facto term limit, without enacting one. Only two of the current 25 legislators have been around for more than 12 years – Republican Marge Horton and Democrat Barbara Jeter-Jackson. The third senior member, Republican James Miccio will step down in December, after three terms. […read more]

The letter was signed by House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal and Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel.
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Statement on the New Zealand Terror Attack

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the horrific and hate-filled terrorist attacks that took place in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 49 people and seriously injured 20 people. This merciless shooting targeted innocent Muslim worshipers during Friday prayers. My heart goes out to all of the victims, their families, and the Muslim community in New Zealand as they recover from this senseless act of violence. […read more]

“This inequity isn’t just about wealth, it’s about race, ethnicity, culture and history,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO.
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NNPA Leadership and Other Prominent Black Voices Speak Out on College Exam Scandal

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The rich have one standard of education and everyone else has another standard,” National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., added in a story written by Black Press journalist Barrington M. Salmon, who also interviewed other prominent African Americans including Virginia entertainment attorney Elva Mason and Former Florida A&M University Law Professor Cori Harvey. […read more]

Dr. Willie W. Herenton was the first African American elected mayor of Memphis in 1991, serving until 2009. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)
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Yes, Dr. Willie W. Herenton is serious about wanting to be mayor of Memphis again

NNPA NEWSWIRE — It’s been almost a year since Willie W. Herenton, who has been elected Memphis mayor five times, declared that he wanted back in. Since then, incumbent Jim Strickland has formally launched his reelection bid. And last week, District 7 Commissioner Tami Sawyer staked her mayoral claim, one that would make her the first woman to serve, if she navigated a path to victory. Lesser-known announced candidates include Pam Moses and Lemichael Wilson. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education

NNPA NEWSWIRE — She wanted a better life for her son, so she enrolled him in the Norwalk public schools despite having no real ties to the city. When the city found out that it was spending its money educating her boy, it demanded that Ms. McDowell be charged with a crime. Norwalk prosecutors, known statewide for an unreasoning mean-streak, obliged. She was charged with first-degree larceny, said Norm Pattis, a trial lawyer who is fighting for freedom “one client at a time. […read more]

Bruce Bassetti was suspended last week after heatedly reprimanding students at Penns Grove Middle School in Southern New Jersey.
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NJ Middle School Teacher Calls Students ‘N Word’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We send our children to school to get an education and learn to be future leaders in the world. We put our tax dollars into public schools, trusting that the institutions will make sure expectations are carried out in a safe environment,” said Walter Hudson, the chairman of the National Awareness Alliance and former Penns Grove (N.J.) school board member. “It’s obvious expectations are not being met in the Penns Grove-Carneys Point School District.” […read more]

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Voter Suppression a Lasting Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In Federalist No. 54, James Madison wrote about the chief concern of the representation of slaves concerning taxation and representation,” said Maxim Thorne, an attorney and managing director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. “This federalist paper states that slaves are property as well as people, therefore requiring some, but not full, representation. Ultimately a decision was made to count every three out of five slaves through the creation of the Three-Fifths Compromise,” he said. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Jobs Report Shows What ‘African Americans Have to Lose’ Under Trump

NNPA NEWSWIRE — William Spriggs, a chief economist at the AFL-CIO and professor in the department of Economics at Howard University said since reaching a low of 6 percent in November, the Black unemployment rate has climbed three straight months. “Given the relationship of the Black community to predatory sub-prime auto loans this is not good.” […read more]

“I believe that we are in a situation with our city where we can’t wait for change,” said Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer, now an announced candidate for mayor. (TSD File Photo: Lee Eric Smith)
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With confidence and ‘courage,’ Tami Sawyer declares candidacy for Memphis mayor

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am running now because when I see our city and I see our people and I look at the conversations that we are having at high levels of leadership, it doesn’t incorporate what is next for the impoverished, people of color, women, every person that is not considered in our vision for Memphis,” said Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer, director of diversity and cultural competence for Teach for America in Memphis. […read more]

On Oct. 3, 1974 amid rallies, negotiations and petitions, a Memphis police officer fatally shot 15-year-old Edward Garner, a fleeing suspect. Ironically, the patrolman, Elton Hymon, was African American. I talked with him recently as I sought to put his story into the context of the times.
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TAKING NOTE! Elton Hymon: An unsung hero

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…On March 27, 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that under the Fourth Amendment, when a law enforcement officer is pursuing a fleeing suspect, the officer may not use deadly force to prevent escape unless the officer has probable cause to believe the suspect poses a threat of death to the officer and others. The use of deadly force without probable cause was held to constitute an unreasonable seizure. Asked what made the difference in the Tennessee vs. Garner case, Bailey said, ‘officer Hymon told the truth.’”
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The letter was signed by House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal and Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel.
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Statement at Historic Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee Hearing

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, created by Chairwoman Waters and led by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, is the first of its kind in Congress, dedicated to looking at diversity and inclusion issues under the Committee’s jurisdiction. […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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Wilson Slams Proposal to Offer Federal Tax Credit for Contributions to Private Schools

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “[Education Secretary Betsy] DeVos’s latest attack on public schools came a day after the New York Times published a report that found an eye-popping $23 billion disparity between white and nonwhite school districts. Although the tax credit proposal authored by Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Bradley Byrne would not directly take money from public schools, it is a backdoor voucher program that would lower the federal tax base and thus inadvertently harm low-income urban and rural school districts.” […read more]

Armstrong Williams is a conservative columnist. To find out more about Armstrong Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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OPINION: America Benefits from an Imperfect Man in the Perfect Role

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “[Michael] Cohen is not the only example of the media’s desperation to attack all things Trump. In the past few weeks, their bias has been on clear display. The press prematurely hyped an edited video of a Trump supporter standing before a Native American provocateur. Of course, there is also the outrageous Jussie Smollett fiasco, in which the actor apparently faked a hate crime and ascribed it to alleged Trump supporters.” […read more]

Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) (left) reintroduced a bill directing Congress to commission a statue of former U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm to be displayed in the United States Capitol. Companion legislation will also be introduced today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) (right).
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Senator Kamala Harris and Rep. Yvette Clarke Reintroduce Legislation to Commission Statue Honoring U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “For the first time in history, there are more than 20 Black women serving in the United State Congress—and we all stand on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm,” said Senator Harris. “Shirley’s legacy inspires us to continue our fight to give a voice to the voiceless and pursue justice and equality for every American. Her legacy deserves to stand tall in the United States Capitol.” […read more]

For many, the W.C. Handy Home & Museum had become synonymous with Elaine Turner and Heritage Tours, the operators since 1995. Now that tie has been severed. (Photos: Karanja A. Ajanaku)
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Heritage Tours told to vacate ‘Handy House’ after 24 years

THE NEW TRI-STATE-DEFENDER — Situated on the east end of the Beale Street Entertainment District, the house is where a young William Christopher Handy lived at the turn of the century. A letter from the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) informed Turner that the operating services of Heritage Tours would not be part of the Handy home’s future. Heritage had been the operator for 24 years. […read more]

The discovery of the remains of the ‘Sugar Land 95’ victims, the majority of who are believed to be former slaves who were a part of the state of Texas’ controversial and inhumane convict-leasing system, could have been unearthed well before the contractor found the remains if people chose to listen to community activist and historian Reginald Moore from the beginning. (Photo: DefenderNetwork.com)
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Rest in Peace: Local Leaders Step Up to Protect the Sacred Remains of the ‘Sugar Land 95’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — This past week, the Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to no longer move forward with any legal actions related to the historic cemetery where the 95 individuals, commonly known as the ‘Sugar Land 95’, were discovered by a contractor back in February of 2018 while working on the initial phase of FBISD’s planned site of the James Reese Career and Technical Center. […read more]

The letter was signed by House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal and Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel.
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Pens Open Letter to CFPB Employees

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Let me assure you that actions to weaken the Consumer Bureau from within as Director Mulvaney attempted to do will not go unchecked or unnoticed. As Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, I will fight against any and all efforts to weaken the Consumer Bureau and make sure that your important work to protect consumers, as Congress intended, can continue.” […read more]

Attending the Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Avoice Heritage Celebration are (left to right:) Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Dorothy R. Leavell, NNPA Chairman of the board and Publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader Newspapers.
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COMMENTARY: The Congressional Black Caucus: Not Always in Headlines, but Never on the Sidelines

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In celebrating the Congressional Black Caucus, I’m not touting their perfection, because the collective caucus is flawed as any other organization. My biggest bone to pick with Caucus members is all of them won’t sign or align themselves with HR 40, the reparations legislation that Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) introduced thirty years ago.” […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.
Commentary

Wilson Statement on the Extension of Temporary Protected Status Programs for Immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am pleased that this extension will give hundreds of thousands of hardworking immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation–with temporary being the operative word. DHS is patting itself on the back for complying with a court order, but I have no doubt that the administration will continue its efforts to terminate TPS.” […read more]

The letter was signed by House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal and Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel.
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Holding Credit Bureaus Accountable and Repairing a Broken System

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…To make matters worse, all three of the major consumer credit reporting bureaus have used this breach of consumer data and consumer trust to sell products they are marketing as identity theft protection. It certainly appears they are capitalizing on consumers’ fear and desperation, despite the fact that there are many free tools that consumers can use to protect their credit.” […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 Tax Surprise

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…when it comes to taxes, much of the public hears what it wants to hear. If someone says that there will be a cut and they can provide minimal evidence to that effect, such an argument can be a winner. Even when one demonstrates that it is a lie, the possibility of tax relief serves as a seductive song that softens the brain.” […read more]

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Commentary

16 States and Counting Sue Trump over ‘Vanity’ Wall

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Trump is willing to manipulate the Office of the Presidency to engage in unconstitutional theater performed to convince his audience that he is committed to his ‘beautiful’ border wall. We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. […read more]

The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York (DAASNY) has endorsed the recommendations and has now urged lawmakers to examine the study and embrace some of the specific elements in their efforts to improve the bail system in New York. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

New York May Join Other States in Ending Cash Bails

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Defendants charged with certain non-violent crimes should be presumptively released. But there are a small number of crimes which we believe prosecutors should have the opportunity to rebut the presumption of release at arraignment,” said District Attorneys Association of the State of New York (DAASNY) President and Albany County District Attorney David Soares. […read more]

A relatively small component of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December of 2017, was the creation of Opportunity Zones in every state in the U.S., as well as in the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Business

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Creates Opportunity Zones to Spur Economic Development

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Opportunity Zones have the potential to address many of the country’s most vexing economic problems, notes Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty International. “One in six Americans lives in an economically distressed community,” said Bonnell. “There is something wrong with the way we’re operating when we have that much poverty in the United States.” […read more]

A new and independent research report entitled, Driving Into Debt, found that the money now owed on cars is up 75 percent since the end of 2009, an all-time record. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Business

Auto loan delinquencies climbed to $9 billion in 2018

NNPA NEWSWIRE — … in April of last year, Congress used the Congressional Review Act to nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) auto finance guidance that held auto lenders responsible for discriminatory lending practices prohibited under the Equal Credit Protection Act. This distorted use of the Congressional Review Act, sometimes known as another CRA, was never intended to overturn long-standing agency practices. […read more]

President Trump on Feb. 15 declared a national emergency to allocate additional funding to build a wall at the southern border. (Photo: Washington Post / YouTube)
Featured

DENIED! Bi-Partisan Pushback Leads Trump to Cry, “Emergency”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Trump said he’ll get money from multiple sources including tapping into the $3.6 billion earmarked for military construction, $600 million in asset forfeitures seized by the U.S. Treasury Department, $2.5 billion available through the Department of Defense’s drug interdiction program and the nearly $1.4 billion Congress approved earlier in the week for border barriers – an agreement that proved vital in avoiding another government shutdown. […read more]

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Commentary

OP-ED: Why the New York City Council Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes is Wrong

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Seventy-eight percent of the cigarettes consumed in the Black community are menthol-flavored. As the selling of menthol products become prohibited within Black communities, do we honestly believe that people will stop smoking them? It doesn’t take the brilliance of Albert Einstein to recognize the financial opportunity of smuggling in a new supply of menthol products from another state or country. The perfect smuggling model is already in place that of smuggling lower-taxed cigarettes.” — Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) […read more]

Kathy Kraninger, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the agency’s plan to repeal a rule aimed at stopping the payday lending debt trap. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Business

CFPB Makes Move to Support Payday Lenders During Black History Month

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When given the chance at the ballot box, Americans overwhelmingly vote to impose a 36 percent or less rate cap. Today, 16 states and the District of Columbia have these rate caps in place, providing strong protection from payday loan sharks. In remaining states – those without a rate cap – interest rates run as high as 460 percent in California, over 400 percent in Illinois and 662 percent in Texas. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy
Commentary

Waters and Cleaver Express Concerns About Nomination of David Malpass to Lead World Bank

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s difficult to believe that any serious effort to find a qualified candidate with a compelling vision for the mission of the World Bank and a belief in the legitimacy of international development finance would lead to the nomination of Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs David Malpass,” said Chairwoman Waters. […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
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Our Planet is Melting. Who Cares?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Our world is melting. Glaciers are disappearing. Oceans are rising. Lowlands (mostly populated by low income and Black people) are disappearing. And, before Democrats took power in this term, few other than Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New Green Deal have been able to address matters of climate change and, in the words of the New Poor People’s Campaign, “ecological devastation.” […read more]

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: President Trump: Destroying the American idea

WESTSIDE GAZETTE — “It is clear that it does not matter how many people are assassinated, how many buildings are invaded by some deranged person who believes he is doing the will of the President or how many letter bombs are put into our mail delivery system. He has shown the ranting and lies will continue. Simply put, President Trump does not care what he looks and sounds like…” — Rasheed Z. Baaith […read more]

MDC’s heat and electricity being off to more than 1,600 inmates caused the facility to become a tortuous below-freezing block of ice during the recent extreme cold weather in New York, forcing inmates inside the detention center to endure sub-freezing polar temperatures.
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Black Millennial Voices: Stop the Torture of U.S. Prison Inmates

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color in America continues to grow. It is bad enough to be confined and locked up in over-crowded jails and prisons in the United States. But what just went down inside the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York was a serious violation of the United Nations Convention Against Torture. […read more]