Behind Ferguson's unrest: Failed federal policy and the Black-White housing gap
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:01
Andre F. Shashaty, Special to the NNPA from New America Media
On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was about local police using deadly force on an unarmed young man. But on a deeper level, it reflected the increasing poverty and economic decline that affects ethnic communities all over America.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:35
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media, Commentary
Posted: Aug 20, 2014 - Attorney General Eric Holder has a compelling federal case in the Michael Brown killing if he decides to bring civil rights charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop, Darren Wilson.
"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.