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A Fool's Folly
8/29/2019 1:02:37 PM

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)   The hundreds of thousands of distressed desperate women with babies, children and men from Central America, South America and Africa who journey thousands of miles from their countries, risking their lives and leaving those that they love behind to enter the United States for a new life, will not be stopped by a Southern border wall. That belief is simply folly, or at worse, political rhetoric designed to win over emotional voters that can be easily manipulated during the election season by an administration whose life expectancy,...

Do Americans believe the polls? Are the Democrats leading or is President Trump?
8/23/2019 6:09:02 PM

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor   There are more than 20 Democratic candidates running for President of the United States, and if you listen to them talk, they all believe they can win the nomination. Everyone knows that most of these candidates know they can’t win, but they can raise money. No individual or agency can keep up with how they spend the money, and the amount is in the billions. This may not make much sense, but in the first debate spanned 2 nights with 20 candidates up on the stage. President Donald Trump and the Republicans are laughing at this...

A Prayer to the God of All Children: PLEASE Stop Child Terror
8/23/2019 6:06:59 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   O God of the children of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala Of Syria, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and South Africa Of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Israel, Iran and Iraq Of Libya, Yemen and Ukraine, Nepal and Kashmir, Of the Congo, Charleston and Cleveland, of Darfur and Detroit Of all refugee children without a country to welcome them, at sea in flimsy boats, struggling across steaming deserts to find safety, or caged in holding pens as they seek asylum, Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all. O...

Why I’m Visiting the Border
8/23/2019 5:44:12 PM

By Derrick Johnson NAACP President and CEO   As I ventured to the southern border near Laredo, Texas, I could not help but think about the tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which are stark reminders of the dangers that plague our communities under the resurgence of white nationalism, domestic terrorism, intolerance and racial hatred germinating from the White House. People of color are feeling less safe today and any day when we see the realities of domestic terrorism and racially-motivated acts of violence. However, we’ve yet to see any tangible measures and...

Trump Sold Out Seniors by Scrapping His Medicare Rebate Proposal
8/15/2019 9:18:32 PM

By Ronald Klink   The Trump administration just sold out seniors to appease the health insurance lobby. Earlier this year, the administration proposed a major healthcare reform that garnered applause across the political spectrum, even from lifelong Democrats like me. The overhaul would have forced insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers to reduce Medicare beneficiaries' out-of-pocket pharmacy bills by tens of billions of dollars. But in July, officials scrapped that proposal due to intense opposition from insurance lobbyists. Patients won't forget this...

Reform Alternative Business Lending Practices to Protect Small-Business Owners
8/15/2019 9:16:47 PM

By Rep. Edolphus Towns   In my three decades representing parts of New York City in the House of Representatives, expanding economic opportunities for underserved communities was a top priority. That’s why, after I retired from public service, I joined the Board of World Business Lenders, an alternative business lender that provides desperately needed financing for businesses who want to grow or expand, leading to so many ancillary benefits to their local communities. Unfortunately, not all alternative business lenders are created equal. In an industry that is not...

Who Cares About Fair Elections?
8/15/2019 9:15:43 PM

By Julianne Malveaux The US House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Fair Elections (SAFE) Act in June by a nearly totally partisan vote of 225-184 in late June. Only one Republican voted for legislation that would mandate paper ballots, increase election security, and create safeguards to prevent foreign interference in our elections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opposes the legislation and won’t even allow it to be introduced or voted on in the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was eloquently angry when she raised a series of...

A National Crisis: Surging Hate Crimes and White Supremacists
8/15/2019 9:12:08 PM

By Charlene Crowell   A Saturday morning shooting rampage in El Paso, Texas on August 3 took the lives of 22 people, and seriously injured more than two dozen others. Reportedly, the alleged shooter wanted to kill as many Mexicans as he could. Armed with safety glasses, ear coverings and an assault-style rifle, the shooter entered a Walmart store during a back-to-school sale. “Saturday’s attack on El Paso was an attack on the Mexican heritage of millions of Americans—and also part of a history of white supremacist and nativist acts in Texas across three...

Hurry Up and Wait: Docs Say Insurers Increasingly Interfere
8/7/2019 8:03:39 AM

By Tom Murphy   After Kim Lauerman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, doctors wanted to give her a drug that helps prevent infections and fever during chemotherapy. Her insurer said no. Anthem Blue Cross told Lauerman the drug wasn't necessary. She eventually got it after an infection landed her in the hospital, but that led to another problem: She ended up missing several chemo sessions. “The insurance has been great until I got to a point that I really needed something for survival,” Lauerman said. Doctors say they worry about the growing influence...

Black Women Taking on the Fight Against Diabetes
7/31/2019 11:30:20 AM

By Linda Goler Blount, MPH, President and CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative   The cost of insulin is skyrocketing and people—especially Black women—are dying because they cannot afford or don’t have access to vital medication. There is not enough being done to lower the prices of prescription medications that could mean life or death for so many African Americans that depend on it to live. Over 30 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes—including nearly 13% of all non-Hispanic Black people....