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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....

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...