The National Bar Association demands the removal of the confederate flag and eradication of systematic racism
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:11
Washington, DC – The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers, judges, educators and law students, is calling for an immediate change in the attitude and acceptance of the Confederate flag in this country. The flag is viewed as a symbol of oppression, racial inequality and hatred in the African American community; one that citizens of all races, creeds and color are fighting to be removed from our society. The National Bar Association will not sit quietly and observe the Confederate flag debate from the sidelines. Starting today, the organization will call out any states or companies who support the continued production and hanging of a symbol that offends a large portion of this country and reminds African Americans of a time when they were considered property not people.
Disparities persist in wealth, housing, and education
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:04
BALTIMORE, MD – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) heard from Baltimore clergy, community leaders, and academics on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at a forum to discuss the vast disparities in economic conditions for African Americans and whites.
Racial wealth gap increased Housing market collapse placed Blacks in economic disadvantage
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:57
NEW YORK — America's racial wealth gap increased dramatically following the recent housing market collapse, placing Black homeowners at severe economic disadvantage, perhaps for generations to come. That's the conclusion from new research released today by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Monday, 27 July 2015 15:27
Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
Even before his keynote address in front of a cheering crowd at the annual NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, President Barack Obama was busy practicing what he had already prepared to preach.
Minnesota Orchestra appoints Roderick Cox as assistant conductor
Monday, 27 July 2015 15:24
Harry Colbert, Jr.
There's a new face at the Minnesota Orchestra and he stands out for quite a few reasons.
Roderick Cox is the new assistant conductor of the orchestra – a role he took over in June. At just 27 years old, Cox is one of the youngest assistant conductors in the world of a major orchestra. Cox is also one of the few African-American assistant conductors of a major symphony orchestra. The Minnesota Orchestra is considered a Top 10 tier orchestra.
Justice advocates call for end to police review agency
Monday, 27 July 2015 15:16
Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) last week called for the dismantling of Minneapolis Civil Rights Department's Office of Police Conduct Review(OPCR). Michelle Gross, a founder and co-chair of CUAPB, said data obtained from the city of Minneapolis under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act shows the city engages in a pattern and practice of ignoring citizens' complaints of police misconduct and a lack of action to address citizen complaints.
DETROIT (NNPA) – Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informant, has been elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 African American newspapers.
MINNEAPOLIS' MESSAGE: Committed to equity and success for children
Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:04
Following meetings with 200 community members in March, internet feedback for the committee findings, and five parent focus groups to gather input on the draft plan, Minneapolis last month published a report which establishes a plan to eliminate disparities for children in Minneapolis from birth to three years old.
Embracing the global significance of the Haitian Revolution
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:01
Commentary by Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe, Leadership and Social Enterprise Editor
Soundbites, blogs and horrific snapshots that flash across the television screen as CNN newscasters detail how Haitians are been mistreated in the Dominican Republic should have us all pondering this inequality, but moreover the injustices that collectively people of color face globally.