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The Latin American Left: A work in progress

The Latin American Left: A work in progress

When Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner recently expropriated the Spanish oil company YPF, condemnation quickly blared out from the usual quarters. In a subsequent piece for the Washington Post, Juan Forero declared that the Latin American “radical left” is at a “crossroads,” and rounded up a posse of commentators to articulate some fairly predictable claims. Arturo Porzecanski, an Uruguayan economist at American University, asserted that “Populism is running out of gas in Latin America.”

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Popular talk show host embraces legalization of drugs as an option Says it would ease violence, killing of Black youth

 Popular talk show host embraces legalization of drugs as an option Says it would ease violence, killing of Black youth

Friday, May 18th at Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore, the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) convened a Town Hall Meeting on the "War on Drugs" and its devastating impact on Black communities. Nationally syndicated talk show host Warren Ballentine, Keynote Presenter for the event, told an attentive audience that "it's time to consider legalization to take the profit out of the drug traffic and stop the violence and killing in our communities." Ballentine's comments came after listening to a panel of local and national drug policy analysts and policy reform advocates detail the damaging effects of the War on Drugs and racially biased criminal justice policies on Black neighborhoods. The panel was moderated by Attorney Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations. 

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From Fingerprints to DNA: Biometric Data Collection in U.S. Immigrant Communities and Beyond

Washington D.C. - Today, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) release From Fingerprints to DNA: Biometric Data Collection in U.S. Immigrant Communities and Beyond by Jennifer Lynch. The paper outlines the current state of U.S. government collection of biometric information and the problems that could arise from these growing databases of records.  It also points out how immigrant communities are immediately affected by the way this data is collected, stored, and shared.

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Will gay marriage divide Black electorate?

Will gay marriage divide Black electorate?

In this photo released by The White House, President Barack Obama participates in an interview Wednesday May 9 with Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America in the Cabinet Room of the White House. — THE WHITE HOUSE, PETE SOUZA

Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune

Right on the heels of North Carolina becoming the 31st state in the Union to pass a ban on homosexual marriage, President Barack Obama announced his support of matrimony between same sex couples.

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Historic Capital Press Club elects new president, leadership team

Historic Capital Press Club elects new president, leadership team

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Award-winning journalist Hazel Trice Edney, editor-in-chief of the Trice Edney News Wire and President/CEO of Trice Edney Communications LLC, has been elected president of the historic Capital Press Club (CPC).

Capital Press Club leadership Team are pictured, left to right, President Emeritus Derrick Kenny; First Vice President Robyn Wilkes; President Hazel Trice Edney; and Second Vice President Sherrie Edwards-Lassister. Not pictured are Treasurer Joan Davion and Immediate Past President Nyree Wright.

 

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Voter registration and the 2012 election

Special to the NNPA from The Defenders Online

It’s as dependable as the rise and ebb of the tides.

If a national election is near, then it’s time to cast doubt on the commitment of Blacks and Latinos to turn out to vote. Despite their steady level of participation over the last two decades, and clear ratcheting-up of voting in the last six years, forecasts of a fall-off – or at least concern that it will occur – remain a staple of conventional political coverage.

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Open letter: Leaders embrace President Obama’s position on equality for gay and lesbian individuals

Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, along with Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of NAACP, Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition for Black Civic Engagement, and Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery, Civil Rights Icon and President Emeritus of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, released an open letter recently embracing President Obama’s position on equality for gay and lesbian individuals in this country.

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World campaign focuses on Shell oil spill in Nigeria

World campaign focuses on Shell oil spill in Nigeria

Niger Delta, Nigeria is home to the biggest oil spill in the world.

400 million gallons of oil have been spilled as a result of reckless oil production. An area half the size of Florida is completely contaminated. Royal Dutch Shell is the biggest contributor to this historic pollution; they own and operate 50 percent of all the oil wells and pipelines in the area.

 

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Why student loan rates matter

Katie is a student in elementary education at Minnesota State University-Mankato who started out with a good plan to pay for her college education, including work study and some help from her parents. Katie’s well-laid plan fell apart when her mother suffered disabling injuries in an accident and Katie had to help care for her.

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Community leaders fight for Champion's seat

Community leaders fight for Champion's seat

State Sen. Linda Higgins (DFL-59) recently announced she would not be running for reelection in the legislature, but will be pursuing a spot on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

(Pictured) State Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59B) is hoping to win her seat in the senate, leaving his spot in the State House up for grabs. Many candidates are ready to fill Champion’s seat at the Minnesota State Capitol.

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Fred Hammond leads Ties Never Broken Campaign

Inspired by President Barack Obama’s 2010 Father’s Day address, Fathers Incorporated (FI) launched its Ties Never Broken campaign. Fathers Incorporated, a not-for-profit organization in New York is committed to eliminating fatherlessness and increasing the commitment of men to become mentors. The Ties Never Broken campaign is symbolized by the social marketing icon of a “blue bow tie.”

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