After Hurricane Katrina: Changing hearts, minds and systems
Thursday, 10 September 2015 15:25
La June Montgomery Tabron America's Wire Writers Group
NEW ORLEANS - Ten years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, it's time for midcourse corrections in the restoration efforts. The coalitions of foundations, nonprofits and government should pause to ensure that their investments will improve upon the pre-Katrina conditions in communities of color and that the racial and class inequities that existed prior to the storm are being adequately addressed.
Education reforms need nurturing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:05
Kevin Chavous, The Urban News Service and The American Federation of Children
President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that Hurricane Katrina was the best thing to happen to schoolchildren in New Orleans because prior to the storm, the city had one of the worst performing school districts in America.
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:03
Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If you're driving down a highway, street or tunnel anywhere in North America and you see the shimmering new headlights on the latest Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or Buick approaching you, there's a good chance you're seeing the work of Martin Davis, a talented, young African American designer who works for General Motors.
One year after MikeBrown: Response of some police, politicians not maturated
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:00
Anticipation for the commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown Jr. by then-Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was high. Clergy community and civil leaders, gathered to remember "Mike-Mike"'s life, death and aftermath that sparked a movement.
U.S. Black Chamber pressing auto dealers for fair return on Black dollars African-Americans projected to spend $24 billion on automobile industry this year
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:57
Hazel Trice Edney
WASHINGTON, D.C. - This year alone, African-Americans are projected to spend as much as $24 billion on new cars and other vehicles from America's auto industry. Yet, research shows that, commensurate with their spending, Black consumers have little to show for their support of car dealerships, except the shiny new purchases in their driveways.
The importance of women of color voters: Then and now
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:44
Emily Baxter, Kaitlin Holmes, Rob Griffin, Center for American Progress
Over the past several years, advocates around the country have been fighting to preserve and restore one of American citizens' most basic rights: the right to vote. Voting access is critical to fulfilling the nation's promise of equality and ensuring that all citizens—regardless of their race, gender, or ethnicity—are able to fully participate in the democratic process. For women and people of color, the power of the vote has been instrumental in helping to expand opportunities in employment, education, and beyond and to level the playing field so that everyone has a chance to succeed.
Protecting a gift from the creator: Anishinabe harvest wild rice to test their treaty rights
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 09:42
Sheila and Tim Regan, TC Daily Planet
What's a person supposed to do when they are trying to engage in an act of civil disobedience and the authorities refuse to arrest them, let alone issue a citation?
That's the predicament a group of protesters from the 1855 Treaty Authority found themselves in when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) decided to allow certain members of the group to harvest wild rice without licenses outside of reservation land, on the very day the protest took place.
Business group gearing up to drive business to Black car dealers
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 09:20
Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) — According to IHS, an international industry data company, Black Americans spent an estimated $8.4 billion on cars in just the first four months of 2015. In the coming year, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is determined to direct that cash toward Black-owned dealerships.
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 08:58
Dr. Artika R. Tyner, Ed.D., M.P.P., J.D.
For leaders, there is a beckoning call to promote justice and freedom. Will you answer the call? Answering the call is the recognition that we lead to change the world. This is a simple but yet profound statement related to each individual's capacity to influence the world around them through the exercise of leadership. Leadership provides a vehicle to change the world day by day, moment by moment.
Boosting Child Tax Credit would lift poor Black children out of poverty
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:53
Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Reforms proposed to the Child Tax Credit by the Center for American Progress could help to reduce poverty in children younger than 3 years old in the Black community by nearly 22 percent.
The plans to enhance the credit are laid out in a report by the progressive think tank.