Derrick Hollie is the founder of Reaching America, which addresses complex social issues impacting African American communities today. These issues include Energy Poverty, Education, Justice Reform, Occupational Licensing and Free Speech.
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OP-ED: Offshore Exploration Promises Jobs, Affordable Energy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Communities don’t have to be located in energy-producing regions to benefit from the U.S. energy revolution. But it helps. That’s why coastal states have so much to gain from the Interior Department’s upcoming offshore energy plan. And that’s why organizations like mine are speaking out in support of offshore natural gas and oil exploration. […read more]

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Op-Ed

America Needs a Raise

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months – an all time high. There has been a stumble here and a wrinkle there, but even with a weak unemployment Read More

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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

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My New Year Wishes

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Happy New Year!  January first and second are the days when most think of the “new” year, yet with the first Monday in January falling on January 6, that’s probably when most people will return to their desks withy Read More

Business

Report says 70 percent of U.S. workers are disengaged

[UPI] A large majority of U.S. workers do not like their jobs with a significant portion of them disruptive in at least a passive-aggressive sense, a survey found. Being passive-aggressive at work would include attitudes that were so negative they held back personal productivity or Read More

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To Be Equal: Raise the Minimum Wage Now

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn’t right.” – Rep. George Miller In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the Occupy Read More

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In Jobs, we’re in a Race to the Bottom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: End the War on Drugs Now

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   There is no easy way or walk to freedom; no shortcuts to justice; no quick fix for conceiving and constructing the good and sustainable society and world we all want and deserve. Indeed, to achieve the good we all Read More

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Michigan: Where Democracy Used to Live!

By Wendell Anthony NNPA Guest Columnist   One Hundred- and 80 years ago in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not Read More

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Blackonomics: The Mythical Black Economy

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.”   Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.”  Yet another is “a system of interacting elements, especially when Read More

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The Economy’s Invisible People

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Suppose one of the key committees in Congress scheduled a hearing on one of the country’s most debilitating economic problems – the long-term unemployment that’s ensnared millions – and none of the committee members showed up? That’s almost Read More

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The Burden of Unemployment

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Unemployment rates were “little changed” in March 2013 – they were either holding steady or dropping by a tenth of a percentage point or so.  The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 to 7.6 percent representing a steady, if painstakingly Read More

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Blackonomics: Including Us in Economic Inclusion

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Thomas Boston, noted economist and author of Affirmative Action and Black Entrepreneurship, in which he called for a strategy that would establish and grow Black-owned businesses to the point of having the capacity to employ 20 percent of the Black Read More

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Credit Check can be a Barrier to a Job or Promotion

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   As Black America continues to struggle with high unemployment rates, a new research report by Demos, a public policy organization titled, Discredited: How employment credit checks keep qualified workers out of a job, unveils how the use of credit history Read More

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Black Unemployment has not Improved

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When unemployment numbers were released on Friday, commentators reacted joyfully.  Alan Krueger, who heads the White House Council of Economic Advisors, described the creation of 247,000 jobs as a victory because the predictions were that the economy would only Read More

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To Be Equal: National Urban League Launches $70 Million Jobs Rebuild America Initiative

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “We urge that a comprehensive jobs program be developed and executed by way of a partnership that includes government, the private sector and the nation’s non-profit community.” November 7 National Urban League letter to President Obama, John Boehner and Nancy Read More

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Blackonomics: Hire Yourself – and then Others

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist In consideration of the latest shenanigans from Congress as it pertains to the economic conditions facing most Americans these days, unemployment and underemployment being the most serious, the case for entrepreneurship is more important than ever.  For Black people especially, Read More

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Mentoring, Hard Work, and the Hook-Up

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   How will African Americans improve our situation in 2013? Right now, we have higher unemployment than any other population in our nation, less wealth, higher school dropout rates, and more crime in our communities.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read More

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Opportunity and Diversity One Industry at a Time

by Benjamin Todd Jealous Special to the NNPA from the North Dallas Gazette   There is a missing component to the national discussion concerning how to strengthen and rebuild the American economy.  It is true that high unemployment, a weak national infrastructure, the need for Read More

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Now, the Real Work Begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments, and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago. Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Read More

Business

American Families Are Poorer Than in 1989

[Businessweek.com]   The deterioration in American families’ wealth is even worse than you would know from this morning’s headlines about the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances (PDF). According to my calculations, the inflation-adjusted median net worth of American families was lower in 2010 than in 1989. Read More