EPA to Require Air Pollution Measurements in Black Communities

Flaring at Shell Deer Park Refinery, Deer Park TX, located on the Houston Ship Channel. (Roy Luck/Flickr/Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON – For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency may require oil refineries to regularly measure the air quality at their perimeters. These fence line measurements will give surrounding communities – largely low-income communities of color – data on the level of pollution they are exposed to each day. The EPA’s proposed rule changes […]

AFSCME Withdraws Financial Support for United Negro College Fund

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WASHINGTON – Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund because it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and UNCF President Michael Lomax apparent support for the brothers’ right-wing ideology. Saunders, an African American, […]

Judge Rules Against California Death Penalty. CA NAACP Applauds Decision

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LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional. The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney follows a similar ruling in Northern California that has kept the death penalty on hold in California for years. Ruling in the case of a prisoner who was condemned […]

MLK & Wife to Receive Posthumous Congressional Gold Medal

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ATLANTA – The King Center has announced that on June 24, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King will posthumously receive a Congressional Gold Medal, during a special ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King, as well as her […]

California Teacher Tenure Law Unconstitutional

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LOS ANGELES – Tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers were ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a judge presiding in a lawsuit brought by nine students. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu cited the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education in ruling that all students are entitled to equal […]

Poet, Author & Professor Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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NEW YORK — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. “I’m not modest,” she told The Associated Press in 2013. “I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out.” Her story awed millions. The young single mother who […]

Clippers Interim CEO Confident Team Will Be Sold

Dick Parsons, former Citigroup chairman and former Time Warner chairman and CEO  was named interim CEO of the Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – The interim CEO hand-picked by the NBA to run the Los Angeles Clippers said Monday he’s confident the league will succeed in forcing a sale of the team owned by Donald Sterling since 1981. Dick Parsons arrived in Los Angeles and met with management and staff of the Clippers. Sterling has been […]

JULIANNE MALVEAUX: A Slow Response to Nigerian Atrocity

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NNPA Columnist

OPINION – Long after completing his 8-year presidency, William Jefferson Clinton acknowledged that he should have intervened in the conflict in Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands perished from the genocide that shaped the country. In his zeal for international peace President Clinton intervened in Ireland, the Middle East and Bosnia. He acknowledged that had the United […]

STUDY: 4 Percent of those Sentenced to Die Are Innocent

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WASHINGTON – Since 1973, more than 300 innocent defendants have been sentenced to death, largely because Blacks are overrepresented among murder convictions and among those who are wrongfully condemned to die, according to a recent report. “The size of the group of innocent people sent to death surprised me, said Samuel Gross, co-author of the […]

NAACP Says It Won’t Give Award to Donald Sterling as Had Been Planned

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LOS ANGELES — The NAACP has decided against honoring Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award from its Los Angeles chapter after the Clippers owner allegedly made racist comments in a recorded conversation. Donations made by Sterling, who has owned the team since 1981, will be returned, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles NAACP, […]