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Women, children and poverty made visible

Women, children and poverty made visible

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West deserve high props for their summer poverty tour.  They started on an Indian reservation, hit the inner city, and looked at poverty in all of its manifestations. While many dismissed their high-profile tour as a political ploy, I am absolutely convinced of their sincerity.  In addition, these two men […]

Black children are ‘visible’

Black children are ‘visible’

More than 75 million viewers over the last several days have already watched the “Invisible Children’s Kony 2012” film that exposes the violent wrath and utter misery perpetrated on Africans as a consequence of the rampage of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony in northern Uganda.  Although this brutal conflict in Uganda […]

We must choose what kind of people we are

We must choose what kind of people we are

Even while we see jobs coming back, the tsunami created by the Great Recession is hitting cities and counties with full force. Suffolk County, one of the largest New York counties, has declared a financial emergency. Stockton, Calif., a city of 300,000, is on the verge of bankruptcy. As the cities go belly up, the […]

We want to end all wars

We want to end all wars

President Obama has brought our troops home from Iraq, ending one of the most unnecessary, shameful wars of our time. Those of us classified as being on the left are still pulling for an early exit from Afghanistan, too – another of the president’s jobs he inherited from his predecessor. We want to end all […]

Protecting gains for children in the Affordable Care Act

Protecting gains for children in the Affordable Care Act

Next week marks the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal health reform legislation. Although not yet fully implemented, millions of children have already benefited and millions more will be helped as additional benefits take effect in 2014. But these gains and a number of Medicaid protections that millions of Americans rely […]

Sorority hosts forum to empower young Black males

Sorority hosts forum to empower young Black males

The Palm Coast/Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority captured a scene of Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) through a Day of IMPACT (Inspiring and Mobilizing Public Service Advocates for Community Transformation). The forum sparked the dialogue of the African-American male crisis through a recent collaboration of the sorority, […]

Building a fair economy must remain a top goal

Building a fair economy must remain a top goal

BY BARBARA R. ANWINE TRICE EDNEY WIRE As we usher in 2012, it remains disheartening that unemployment rates for African-Americans and Latinos/Hispanics remain in the double digits. Far more must be done to address disparities in access and opportunity that plague minorities nationwide. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ December 2011 unemployment data revealed that […]

Your tax refund is yours to keep

Your tax refund is yours to keep

BY CHARLENE CROWELL NNPA FINANCIAL WRITER Each year as W-2s begin arriving in mailboxes, commercials start promoting a range of services to ‘help’ consumers with tax preparation. These advertisements beckon consumers to take advantage of convenient and worry-free services. Each year, high-cost tax-related services drain an estimated $11 billion from the pockets of 30 million […]

Constitutional amendment can stop the lynching of democracy

Constitutional amendment can stop the lynching of democracy

BY DR. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS, JR. NNPA COLUMNIST The growing Occupy the Dream movement for economic equality and empowerment has correctly determined that one of its top priorities is to support passage of a constitutional amendment to make all federal elections publicly financed. The constitutional amendment will be effective in the campaign to confront income […]

We must rescue the American Dream

We must rescue the American Dream

BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN NNPA COLUMNIST Getting a high school and college degree and achieving the American Dream could easily have seemed impossible to eighteen-year-old Toni Thomas. As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Cass learned when she met Toni and her mother while on assignment for the Children’s Defense Fund, Toni grew up moving from place […]