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To Commemorate Brown, Support Our Teachers
5/16/2019 11:07:19 AM

By Julianne Malveaux   Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled, in the Brown v. Board of Education case, that the Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) doctrine of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional. That ruling ended legal segregation in public facilities, but it did not necessarily accomplish its goals in terms of school desegregation. Indeed, Richard Rothstein, the historian who is a Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, wrote that in 2014, Black students are “more racially and...

Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington
5/16/2019 11:05:57 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   The late South African Leader Nelson Mandela famously noted that sport has the power to change the world, inspire, and unite in a way that little else does. “It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair,” Mandela said during a speech in 2000 in Monaco, France. “It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination,” he said. On Tuesday, April 30, a video of Mandela’s speech was played on a...

‘You Can't Win Like That’
5/16/2019 11:03:57 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “I can’t do a lot of the extra stuff that I would like to do for my kids or with my kids because I just can’t afford to. No vacations. There’s not too much going to the movies or little outings. Even getting school uniforms together is expensive. Sometimes they have to wear stuff from last year. I have a lot of guilt because I can’t provide for them the way that I want to.” The Children’s Defense Fund recently released our latest report on Ending Child Poverty Now once again showing just how much poverty is...

Consumer Board Proposes Helping Debt Collectors Instead of Consumers
5/16/2019 10:53:30 AM

By Charlene Crowell   When it comes to personal finance, multiple issues confront consumers every day. From ever-deepening student debt, to denials on mortgage applications, and small-dollar borrowing known as payday loans that come with legal triple-digit interest rates in 33 states -- all contribute to a series of financial challenges. But there is also another form of consumer finance that acts as a kind of glue that affects these and other issues: debt collection. In 2017, The Urban Institute found that 71 million consumers had a debt collection in their credit...

Our Democracy is on the Line, Congress Must Act Now
5/9/2019 5:46:24 PM

By Derrick Johnson   While the debate whether President Trump obstructed justice should be over with the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, unfortunately, it is not. In fact, it has just begun as Congress prepares to conduct exhaustive examinations into these breathtaking revelations. Given the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Attorney General Barr’s attempt to exonerate Trump is simply stunning. It is crystal clear that Trump interfered with the Mueller investigation. Even the redacted report contains a multitude of actions in which Trump...

The Mueller Report: Blacks Better Be Careful
5/9/2019 5:45:35 PM

By Raynard Jackson   As I always say, “Weak people take strong positions on weak issues.” Exhibit A for this is the recently released Mueller report. Democrats have lost their damned minds over this report. They didn’t get the result they wanted, an indictment of President Trump, so they figured if they keep investigating, they will come up with something they can use to remove Trump from office. Mueller’s report was very clear, on both the accusations of collusion and obstruction, there was NOT sufficient evidence to bring charges in either...

Ending Child Poverty Now
5/9/2019 5:44:07 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   No child should have to worry where her next meal will come from or whether she will have a place to sleep each night in the wealthiest nation on earth. Yet more than 12.8 million poor children in America face these harsh realities every day. It is a moral disgrace, a costly injustice and a profound economic threat that nearly 1 in 5 children are poor in our boastfully wealthy nation. Nearly 4 in 10 of our children spend at least a year in poverty before their 18th birthday and more than 1 in 10 struggle through at least half their childhoods in poverty....

Capitol Hill hearing takes up the war between the needy and the greedy: The future of payday loan regulation
5/9/2019 5:38:47 PM

By Charlene Crowell At an April 30 Capitol Hill hearing, the multi-dimensional problems wrought by small-dollar, high-cost loans were brought to the attention of lawmakers serving on the powerful House Financial Services Committee. A witness panel representing bankers, consumers, clergy, and public policy organizations taught, recounted, reasoned and preached to lawmakers on the rippling and disastrous effects of debt-trap loans. Each addressed the industry that reaps billion-dollar profits from the poor: payday, car-title, and other triple-digit interest small-dollar products. The...

Black Men Still Incarcerated at Disproportionate Levels
5/1/2019 2:46:52 PM

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent   The fact that African Americans make up a disproportionate amount of the United States’ prison population remains a defining characteristic of the nation’s criminal justice system, and though the latest numbers from the U.S. Sentencing Commission show a gradual change, many organizations said it’s still cause for alarm. The most recent available report shows that African Americans comprise only about 12 percent of the total population in America, but still represent 33 percent of the federal and state prison...

James Byrd’s Killer Didn’t Deserve the Death Penalty
5/1/2019 2:45:49 PM

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Newswire Contributor   Killing is wrong. Killing Black people because they are Black is even more wrong. Lynching Black people is exponentially wrong. So why was I opposed to the state-imposed killing of John William King, the despicable murderer of James Byrd, Jr.? I happen to think that there are worse things that can happen to you than death. The now 44-year old King could have gotten a sentence of life in prison and lived miserably there for the rest of his life. In some ways, death is salvation for him. Imagine being relatively healthy with nothing...