Study: U.S. Latinos & Blacks Don’t Trust How Mainstream Media Portrays Them

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WASHINGTON – A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don’t fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows. Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts […]

Black Lawyers to Challenge Police Brutality in 25 Cities

National Bar Association President Pamela J. Meanes

WASHINGTON – In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association (NBA) recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct. Pamela Meanes, president of the Black lawyers and judges group, said that the NBA was already making plans for a […]

Democrats Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not Those That Kill the Most People

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NEW YORK – Over the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned. That idea was one of the pillars of the Obama administration’s plan to curb gun violence, and it remains popular with […]

Jesse Jackson Calls Michael Brown Shooting ‘Crime of Injustice’

Michael Brown Vigil: Protesters gather in response to the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown Sunday morning in Ferguson. Brown, 18, was shot to death by a Ferguson Police officer on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Wiley Price/St. Louis American

ST. LOUIS — Jesse Jackson told The American he hopes that the U.S. Department of Justice sees the Ferguson Police shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday and resulting community violence as “systematic of a national crisis.” Jackson said, “It was a crime of injustice.” Jackson said. The injustice, he said, was two-fold: a police shooting […]

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 […]