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

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]

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 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]

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra/Courtesy Office of California Attorney General
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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]

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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]

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
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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]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Congressman Al Green (D-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, wrote to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
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Representatives Waters and Green Request Documents from Consumer Bureau on Recent Settlements

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“Consumer Bureau”) has recently announced several settlements against entities for engaging in unlawful practices without requiring the payment of redress to consumers harmed by the illegal conduct,” the lawmakers wrote. “This stands in stark contrast to the Consumer Bureau’s practice under the leadership of former Director Cordray. During Director Cordray’s tenure, the Consumer Bureau recovered nearly $12 billion in relief for harmed consumers over its first six years.[1] American consumers deserve a Consumer Bureau that will fight to recover their hard-earned money when they are cheated.” […read more]

Colleges are failing to provide black students with the individualized support they need to overcome the deficiencies of their K-12 educations to give them their best chance of success. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Activists Criticize American Bar Association over Law School Exams

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “There’s no dignity to be found in being inadequately trained to sit for the bar exam. A mountain of debt and dim legal career prospects don’t advance the cause of social justice. The real injustice is the ABA voting against making law schools accountable for valuing black students as merely a statistic,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a former professor of law at George Mason University. […read more]

“This exercise is a thinly veiled attempt to advance the voter fraud myth to justify restrictive voter requirements and suppress voting rights,” said Sophia Lakin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Civil Rights Groups Sue Texas over Voter Citizenship Question

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit against Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and Director of Elections Keith Ingram over the creation and rollout of a flawed voter purge list that discriminates against naturalized citizens. […read more]

One of The Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) primary mandates involves building systems of support for educators through the use of additional funding and initiatives provided in Title II.
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COMMENTARY: What More Can Be Done Under ESSA to Support Highly Qualified Teachers

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Teacher concerns transformed into organized protests when, in early 2018, the West Virginia teacher’s strike made headlines, lasting over 2 weeks. Local education activists and teacher advocates forced the state legislature to address many of their concerns through the statewide strike. Afterwards, teachers returned to their classrooms with a 5 percent pay raise. […read more]

Photo: Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (left) and Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network are concerned about the proposed nationwide ban on menthol cigarettes. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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New York City Council Ignoring ‘Unintended Consequences’ in Discussing Menthol Ban

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “So, here we are proposing another policy that will put the police front and center in enforcing that policy and it’s going to be enforced in communities of color, our poor and black communities and this doesn’t make sense,” said Major Neill Franklin, the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – or LEAP. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, delivered the attached remarks during her first policy speech in the 116th Congress.
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Waters Outlines Agenda in First Policy Speech as Committee Chairwoman

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…Millions of families that rely on HUD rental assistance programs are perilously close to losing their homes due to projected lapses in funding. What’s more, it was recently reported that HUD, under Secretary Carson’s leadership, has failed to follow its own contingency plan, and as a result 1,150 project-based rental assistance contracts have expired, with hundreds more hanging in the balance if this shutdown does not end.” […read more]

“I am committed to holding the Trump Administration accountable and ensuring that the Consumer Bureau can resume its important work protecting American consumers.” — Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA43)
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Statement on Proposal to Weaken Enforcement at the Consumer Bureau

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Trump and his appointees have done everything in their power to undermine the Consumer Bureau. Mick Mulvaney, who Trump installed to serve as Acting Director of the agency, dropped lawsuits and investigations into abusive payday lenders, took away the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity’s enforcement powers, fired the members of the agency’s Consumer Advisory Board, scaled back enforcement actions against bad actors, sought to slash the agency’s budget, and apparently made it his mission to help out bad actors….” […read more]

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FISHER: 2019 is the Year of Legitimate Discontent – let’s get to work!

THE NEW TRI-STATE DEFENDER — The fruit of structural racism is the standardizing of white mediocrity and the suppression of black creative excellence. And we deserve full, equitable, inclusion into the society we have helped to shape, build and sustain. Until that goal is achieved, we must obtain and maintain a maladjustment to the injustice that continues to be normalized. […read more]

Elected City Court Judge On December 10, 1990, Earnestine Hunt Dorse (left) was sworn in by Judge Bernice Donald, who now serves on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. (Courtesy photo)
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Retirement signals new phase for Judge Dorse

THE NEW TRI-STATE DEFENDER — Dorse graduated Cum Laude from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), becoming the first in her family to receive a college degree. She was an exchange student at Dag Hammarskjold College in Columbia, Md., and studied agencies of the United Nations in five foreign countries: Switzerland (Geneva); Austria (Vienna); France (Paris); Sweden (Malmo); and Germany (Luxembourg). […read more]

As the 116th Congress begins to tackle its agenda this term, voting rights is a key issue. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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PRESS ROOM: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Congressional Efforts to Allow Access to the Ballot Box for all Eligible Voters

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) has worked for decades to preserve the voting rights for every eligible American while fighting against voter suppression tactics that impede Asian Americans’ access to the ballot box. We commend the members of the House who have taken a step in the right direction to recognize the importance of reducing barriers to voting. […read more]