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Black Voice News

“They Don’t Need a Wall. They Need a Paycheck.”

BLACK VOICE NEWS — n Wednesday, California Senator Kamala Harris spoke on the Senate floor and challenged her colleagues to immediately take up legislation to put an end to the government shutdown. […read more]

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“There is simply no denying the difference in response to predominantly black compared to predominantly white communities” — Felicia Davis, founder & CEO of the HBCU Green Fund and sustainability director at Clark Atlanta University(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Black History

From Slavery to Civil Rights and Environmental Racism

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With President Donald Trump castigating the science of global warming, it’s little wonder that today’s environmental policies not only target people of color when it comes to the placement and operation of unhealthy facilities, they also exclude people of color from being a part of the policy making process — even though they are the ones who are usually most directly negatively impacted by environmental injustices. […read more]

To begin, very few African Americans are aware of or have information about Opportunity Zones, and many consumer advocates warn that the investments may not reach distressed areas.
Business

COMMENTARY: “Opportunity Zones” The New Trump Executive Order For Blacks

NNPA NEWSWIRE — On paper, “Opportunity Zones” appears to be an excellent concept and major corporations have an opportunity to invest in distressed communities and get a break on their taxes. These Opportunity Zones were created a year ago under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but a year later there are still no established rules to implement the program. […read more]

Sharon Cooke from Bethel AME Church in Chico, CA gives a hug to Robert Miller who lost his home in the Camp Fire. For the last three weeks, Northern California residents have come together to assist the thousands of people affected by the wildfire in Butte County, just 120 miles north of Sacramento. (OBSERVER photo by Robert Maryland)(OBSERVER photo by Robert Maryland)
Community

Northern California Seeks Relief from Fire and Rain

NNPA NEWSWIRE — It is being called the worst disaster in California’s history. The Camp Fire, which has destroyed more than 150,000 acres of land in mostly Butte County, began Thursday, November 8 at 6:33 a.m. Since then, more than 80 people have been confirmed dead while rescue workers and volunteers feverishly search for hundreds of missing people. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com. And look for his new novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

COMMENTARY: Trump, the Republicans and the Neo-Confederate Objective

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When [Trump] and his followers suggest that their way of life is being threatened, they mean that the privileged status of whites and men—compared with people of color and women, respectively—has been called into question by those of us who believe in democracy and justice. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services
Commentary

Maxine Waters: If Donald Trump is not Offering Prayers, Sympathy & Assistance to Californians, He Should Keep His Mouth Shut

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Donald Trump’s absolutely outrageous response to the California wildfires is yet another example of his lack of knowledge, his lack of compassion, and his inability to provide the type of leadership this country deserves in the midst of a crisis. How dare this president blame ‘gross mismanagement of the forests’[2] for these devastating wildfires without presenting any facts or any special knowledge? Instead of running his mouth about things he knows nothing about, he should learn to show some empathy and sympathy for the suffering of others.” — Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) […read more]

African American News & Issues

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Testifies EXACTLY what Kavanaugh Confirmation means for Black America

AFRIAN AMERICAN NEWS & ISSUES— Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record on criminal justice is “entirely unsatisfactory for a country persistently struggling to hold law enforcement accountable for mass incarceration and police brutality.” […read more]

White House correspondent April Ryanaprildryan.com
National

White House Reporter Cites Lack of Transparency in Oval Office

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Has Donald Trump intentionally kept American citizens in the dark? That’s what veteran White House correspondent April Ryan declared as an irrefutable fact while speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. […read more]