"State of Emergency" in Black America: The killing of Black men continues: A call to action
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:26
Dr. Ron Daniels
When will it stop? The police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, coming on the heals of the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man by a policeman's choke hold in Staten Island, New York, is yet another painful, traumatic reminder of the long history of occupation, torture, abuse and killing of Black people in America, particularly Black men. Indeed, within hours of the killing of Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, an unarmed Black man with a history of mental problems, was killed in Los Angeles under suspicious circumstances. It doesn't matter that there is an African American President of the United States or that Blacks are mayors of major American cities, run Fortune 500 companies or are pace setters as high paid and adored hip hop moguls, entertainers and athletes; the killing of Black men continues.
A person who has been charged with a crime has the right to be represented by an attorney. This includes the right to hire an attorney of your choice (if you can afford it), or to have a public defender appointed to represent you (if you are unable to afford to pay for an attorney). Unfortunately, the financial realities of obtaining defense counsel are much more complicated, and leave many people – especially people of modest or limited means – wondering whether hiring an attorney is worth it.
Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been battling mounting political and social challenges in a country engulfed by decades of war, anarchy, and famine. On August 9, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside of the University of Minnesota's Northrup Hall on the East Bank to protest his visit and speech.
James Enos Clyburn made history in 1993 when he became the first African-American to represent South Carolina in the House of Representatives since Reconstruction. Over the course of his tenure, he has served as Majority Whip and as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and is currently the third-ranking Democrat in the House as the Assistant Minority Leader.
Jesse Jackson calls Michael Brown shooting 'crime of injustice'
Friday, 15 August 2014 07:33
Chris King, The St. Louis American
ST. LOUIS — Jesse Jackson told The American he hopes that the U.S. Department of Justice sees the Ferguson Police shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday and resulting community violence as "systematic of a national crisis."
Friday, 15 August 2014 07:30
Jazelle Hunt, Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself "healthier than all get out." So when he found himself winded with the smallest tasks, he knew something was wrong.
West Florissant explodes in protest of police shooting, more than 30 arrests
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:59
Special to the NNPA from the, St. Louis American
ST. LOUIS — What started as a peaceful prayer vigil for Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was killed by Ferguson police, ended in an explosion of looting and destruction in the North County area surrounding where the tragedy took place – and beyond.
Attorney Don Lewis to lead independent investigation of police procedure in arrest of Al Flowers
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:54
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced recently that Minneapolis attorney Don Lewis will lead the independent investigation into the recent arrest of community activist Al Flowers. Lewis will investigate whether the involved officers violated department policy regarding use of force in connection with the arrest.