Classified

Place a Classified in The Bulletin Weekly

NAACP and CRL: Student Debt Weighs Heaviest on Black America
7/31/2019 11:27:49 AM

By Charlene Crowell   From its founding in 1909 to today, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has endured as a vital advocacy organization dedicated to freedom and justice for all. From July 20-24, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization’s annual convention met for the 110th time in Detroit’s Cobo Hall. This affectionate granddaddy of Black conventions, known for its timely topics, added student loan debt to its 2019 agenda. Co-releasing a research report with the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the...

NAACP Unanimously Calls for the House of Representatives to Begin Impeachment Proceedings
7/31/2019 11:25:22 AM

By Lauren Poteat   During its 110th National Convention at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, the NAACP—the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization—hosted delegates from all over the country. In keeping with the convention’s theme, “When We Fight, We Win,” the NAACP national delegation voted unanimously for the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate Articles of Impeachment for President Donald J. Trump. NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who has remained unwavering in his opposition to the president and his...

Vaccines, Preventable Diseases and Children’s Health: A Call to Action
7/31/2019 10:54:11 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   I’ve never forgotten my family’s sadness over the senseless death of my childhood neighbor little Johnny Harrington, who lived three houses down from our church parsonage in segregated Bennettsville, South Carolina. Johnny stepped on a rusted nail and died of the resulting tetanus infection because his hard-working grandmother had no doctor to advise her nor the money to pay for health care. Over the last four decades the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has fought alongside many others to champion policies and programs that work to ensure...

Transformative 5G Technology Arrives
7/24/2019 11:31:53 AM

The next wave of technological evolution has arrived in the form of 5G, a new generation of mobile networks where at least four major telephone carriers in America—AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint—have put forth plans to introduce this year. Reportedly, AT&T has even started trials with 5G mobile hotspots in 12 cities. “The first generation was all about being able to just talk on the phone where ever you were,” said Candice Brackeen, the co-founder and executive director of Hillman Accelerator, which supports women and minority led tech companies in...

Remembering Dr. Donald Stewart
7/24/2019 11:29:17 AM

I was devastated by the loss earlier this year of Dr. Donald Stewart. He and his wife Isabel Carter Stewart have been among my dearest, dearest friends. Donald served as president of my alma mater Spelman College from 1976 to 1986, overlapping with my own tenure on Spelman’s Board of Trustees and then as Board Chair, where he took Spelman to new heights and set it on the path to its standing today as a leading liberal arts and historically Black college ranked #51 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of National Liberal Arts Colleges. I was so proud when Spelman’s robotics...

If You’re Poor in America, Debtor’s Prison is Real
7/24/2019 11:27:32 AM

Despite a centuries-old Supreme Court ruling that outlawed the practice, debtor’s prison remains very much alive in America, experts told NNPA Newswire. Being poor is challenging enough, but some states, like Missouri, have continued to punish those of lesser means. A federal class-action suit claims thousands of those living in Missouri were jailed because they couldn’t pay off fines—essentially, a debtor’s prison and conundrum for the poor. Pro Publica reported that four years after the suit was filed, the plaintiffs are still waiting, and wondering if the deck...

CFPB Turns its Back on Fair Lending Enforcement and Reporting
7/24/2019 11:25:07 AM

More than 50 years ago, this nation enacted legal guarantees that fair housing would be available to all Americans. Despite this federal assurance, however, a disturbing and ongoing stream of reports and lawsuits remind us that we are still on an aspirational journey. Aggressive enforcement of fair housing and other anti-discriminatory laws are supposed to bring punishments for violators, and restitution for those harmed. But as with so many justice issues –either financial or criminal, what really happens in life seems a world away from the African - American experience. Since...

Being Black and Republican in the Era of Trump Presents Real Challenges
7/19/2019 1:49:03 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   It’s likely that identifying as a Republican today isn’t as easy as it once was, particularly with President Donald Trump’s policies that have included separating children from parents; the administration’s escalating racial rhetoric; and a special counsel report that strongly suggests the nation’s commander-in-chief committed crimes that may not just end with obstruction of justice. And, as tough as it is for White GOP members to identify with the party (See: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash’s declaring his independence this...

DCCC Announces “Cycle of Engagement”—an Aggressive and Sustained Effort to Connect with People of Color and Young Voters
7/19/2019 1:46:59 PM

NPPA Pressroom DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos formally announced the Cycle of Engagement—the largest early investment House Democrats have ever made to improve the way we’re connecting with the base of our Democratic Party—especially people of color and younger Americans. Following through on a promise to expand upon 2018’s Year of Engagement, and inspired by her own work recruiting and training diverse voices to run for office, the DCCC’s Cycle of Engagement program began with a major early investment in grassroots organizers across America and has continued...

Realizing a Dream for Our Children
7/19/2019 1:45:25 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   This week, clergy, seminarians, religious educators, community organizers, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates in the intergenerational, interracial, multi-ethnic, ecumenical community pursuing justice for our nation’s children will come together at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Haley Farm in Tennessee for the 25th Annual CDF Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. The theme for this year’s gathering is “Guide Our Feet: Pursuing Justice for All God’s Children.” As we focus on...