Russell Simmons takes a selfie with a student from the Community Coalition’s Freedom School, during RushCard’s “Keep The Peace” initiative at the University of Southern California. (File Photo: Andre L. Perry/Los Angeles Sentinel)
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COMMENTARY: Spirituality, Activism and Social Transformation

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The black community in America has not lashed out with retribution, violence or hate. We remain the most abused, but have maintained a commitment to Dr. King’s principle of nonviolence. As a people we are still the most non-harming collective. Throughout the centuries we have been God-fearing and compassionate. But Scripture says, “faith without works is dead.” We must as a collective come together and where necessary, partner with others who have the same concerns and stand up. […read more]

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Op-Ed

Time to End Mass Incarceration

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Mass incarceration in the United States is counterproductive and disproportionately causes a long-term injury to Black Americans and others who remain trapped in poverty and disillusionment. How is it that the richest nation on earth and the Read More

National

Record-Level of Criminal Exonerations

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of exonerations recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions. According to Read More

National

Report: Black Girls Should Matter, Too

George E. Curry NNPA Columnist WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Black girls are disproportionately suffering from punitive school disciplinary policies and actions yet society fails to take note of their plight the way attention is focused on Black males who get trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline, according to Read More

Health

Cooked to Death

In the latest installment of the Florida Courier’s series on Blacks and mental health, we review the Miami Herald’s spotlight on the state’s inability to handle mentally ill prison inmates.   by Jenise Griffin Morgan Special to the NNPA from The Florida Courier Darren Rainey Read More

Op-Ed

Now or Never for Young Men of Color

By Henrie Treadwell NNPA Guest Columnist   According to Bureau of Justice Statistics figures analyzed by the Sentencing Project, the number of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons reached 1,483,900 in 2012. In addition, there were 744,500 people in local jails, a total incarcerated Read More

Politics

Punished For Life

Gov. Rick Scott’s restrictive rules regarding restoration of ex-offenders’ civil rights prevent 23 percent of voting-age Black Floridians from voting Special to the NNPA from The Florida Courier TALLAHASSEE – Faith leaders and ex-felons marched to the Florida Capitol on Wednesday, calling for Gov. Rick Read More

Business

Prisons Profit from ‘Lock Up’ Quotas

by La Risa R. Lynch Special to the NNPA from The Final Call “When you make prisons into a profit, you drive the need for incarceration and that is not in the public interest.” (FinalCall.com) – The private prison industry’s profiteering off mass incarcerations has Read More

National

Justice Department Gets Smart on Crime

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In a stunning turn in criminal justice policy, Attorney General Eric Holder announced steps the Justice Department will take to address over population in federal prisons by changing mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and pushing non-violent drug Read More

National

Blacks are Still Majority of the Wrongfully Convicted

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When a Baltimore grocery store employee fingered 26-year-old Michael Austin for the murder of a security guard in the spring of 1974, Austin didn’t even match the police sketch. The wanted suspect was less 6 feet Read More