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Overdraft fees drain consumer dollars

Overdraft fees drain consumer dollars

Consumers who maintain low and no cushions in their checking accounts may have thought that the overdraft “banking service” was a big help against bouncing checks. But as the use of debit cards have replaced most cash purchases, this “service” has become a drain of available cash for consumers and a major source of revenue […]

50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964

50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964

“The purpose of the law is simple…those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places that provide service to the public.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson, July 2, 1964 July 2 marked the 50th […]

Migrant children: Innocent victims of the US war on drugs

Migrant children: Innocent victims of the US war on drugs

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church, is acting with urgency. Along with more than 100 other religious leaders and activists, she was arrested for civil disobedience at the White House for protesting the deportation of the unaccompanied children crossing our border after fleeing from the brutal violence […]

Protecting our communities from hazardous air pollution

Protecting our communities from hazardous air pollution

Hilton Kelley NNPA Guest Columnist Millions of African-Americans and Latinos in the United States live near the 143 oil refineries operating in 32 states across the United States. Every day, as refinery smoke stacks spew toxin-filled clouds into the air, communities living near refineries breathe it in. They have no other choice but to breathe […]

African leaders summit in America

African leaders summit in America

The importance of President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held this week in Washington, D.C. should not be underestimated. This is historic event for all Americans, but especially for 45 million Black Americans who all are direct or indirect descendants from Africa. Because of the politically polarized atmosphere in Washington, D.C., whatever initiative that President […]

Putting on my Harriett Tubman shoes

Putting on my Harriett Tubman shoes

In light of all the racism mounting up around us I put myself in Harriet Tubman’s shoes. Her mind had to be ready for war. What made her believe she could be free? Where did the courage come from when all displays of aggression were met with discipline? If you knew that your opportunity to […]

Palestinian and the Black American freedom struggles

Palestinian and the Black American freedom struggles

Knowing of my concern about justice for the Palestinians, a friend sent me a link the other day regarding Palestine and Black America; [http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/180382/students-justice-palestine#undefined] The essence of this piece is the author’s allegation that Palestinians cannot and should not compare their struggle to that of the African-American struggle for justice. Actually, there is nothing new […]

State AGs, feds crackdown on mortgage fraud

State AGs, feds crackdown on mortgage fraud

Although the rate of foreclosures nationwide has declined by April, 694,000 homeowners were still in some form of foreclosure, according to CoreLogic, a leading market analyst. Unfortunately, these consumers are also the targets of businesses charging costly, up-front fees for services that are never provided. On July 23, a coordinated state and federal enforcement action […]

The lynching of Eric Garner

The lynching of Eric Garner

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST It was one of the most difficult scenes in Spike Lee’s classic movie “Do the Right Thing,” the brutal strangulation of peace-loving Radio Raheem by New York City police in a Brooklyn pizza shop. That scene touched a raw nerve as it recalled the 1983 death of 25-year-old graffiti artist Michael […]

The politics of federal judges

The politics of federal judges

The two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law – underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. All of the judges voting to uphold the ACA were appointed by Democrats. All of […]