Mayor Sylvester Turner
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Mayor Sylvester Turner begins implementing Prop B for Houston firefighters

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced he is finally giving Houston firefighters the raise they have been fighting for. Mayor Turner’s plans to implement Proposition B are a huge victory for HFD, but the mayor warns it will come at a huge cost for the City of Houston, in the form of layoffs to nearly 500 employees. […read more]

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Shannon LaNier
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Shannon LaNier joins CW39

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Veteran television host, social media influencer and author Shannon LaNier is the new anchor at CW39. LaNier previously co-hosted “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that aired on Centric. He is also known for his work as a correspondent and senior producer on Black Enterprise’s nationally-syndicated shows “Black Enterprise Business Report” and “Our World With Black Enterprise.” […read more]

African American men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than any other ethnic group. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Major Prostate Cancer Research Targeting African Americans Set to Begin

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A national network of prostate cancer researchers and experts who have joined forces to study prostate cancer in African American men has received a $26 million grant as part of former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to conduct the largest study ever to look at the underlying factors and reasons that put African American men at higher risk for developing and dying from prostate cancer. […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]

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.
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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]

“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]

Beto Rally at the Pan American Neighborhood Park, Austin (Photo: crockodile/Wikimedia Commons)
Houston Forward Times

The BETO Effect

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Every single Democratic winner who picked up a new seat in Texas, especially one that has been under Republican-control prior to the 2018 midterm elections, should personally pick up the phone and say “Thank You” to Rep. Beto O’Rourke for creating a “blue wave” that has given them the opportunity to serve and make a difference for their respective constituents and the community at large. […read more]