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January 25, 2015
Birmingham, San Diego and Trenton, NJ, Join the Movement to Bring “SELMA” to Students
Nationwide Launches Make Safe Happen to Reduce No. 1 Cause of Death Among Children
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UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Receives $2.88 Million Grant from United Health Foundation to Help Build Healthier Commu
Macy’s Sacramento Fulfillment Center to Relocate to Larger Facility
Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm and Heads In Helmets Community Outreach Program to Sponsor 2015 Houston Creole Herit
More than 50,000 fill San Francisco streets in 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast
Marc Crossman Resigns as CEO of Joe’s Jeans Inc.; Jay Furrow Named Interim CEO
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Darien Rowayton Bank Lowers Loan Rates for Student Refinance Loans, Saving Graduates Even More on Their Education Debt
TOMORROW: Iowans to Celebrate National School Choice Week in Des Moines with Governor Branstad
Shakeaway’s Fit & Healthy Menu Helps Guests Stick to Their New Year’s Resolutions
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Members Convene at a General Council Meeting and Select Leaders to Reopen the Casin
ABLE Act Will Benefit Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Lexus Verses And Flow Awards 19 HBCU Students $5,000 Scholarships
Google to Sponsor Screening of Academy Award®-Nominated “SELMA” for New York’s Pathways in Technology
HRC Highlights California's LGBT Protections, Laws and Legislative Proposals in Inaugural National Report
New Analysis: 81 Percent of Medicare Part D Seniors Choose "Preferred Pharmacy" Plans in 2015
Fastest SF Meal Delivery Now Accepts Bitcoin
TOMORROW: School Choice Supporters to Rally in Harrisburg, Vow to Protect Education Options for Families
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Anger Over Public Education
NEW YORK - Thousands of mostly minority young people and their parents crowded the streets of Lower Manhattan today to demand greater financial support for charter schools which they claim is needed because of the poor quality of the City’s public schools. ...
MINORITIES PROTEST NYPD ACTIONS
NY SUPPORT FOR HONG KONG PROTESTERS
NYC HOLDS RACIAL SUMMIT WITH CLERGY
THOUSANDS PROTEST DEATH OF BLACK MAN DURING ARREST BY NYPD
NY'S WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE: PAGENTRY AND VIOLENCE
FAST FOOD WORKERS STRIKE FOR BETTER PAY
NEW YORK - Thousands of workers from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and other fast food outlets nationally are striking today to seek better wages ...
REGULATE TIMES SQUARE COSTUMED CHARACTERS?
NEW YORK - Should the costumed characters in Times Square who pose for photos with tourists for tips---the likes of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Batman and Spiderman--- be regulated by New York City? ...
Asian-Americans Make Demands on China
NY City Council Probes NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Policy
Fed Report Blasts "Heavy-Handed" Puerto-Rico Police
Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has engaged in a pattern and practice of misconduct that violates the Constitution and federal law. The investigation, launched in July 2008, was conducted in accordance with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. ...
CA Gov Vetoes Bill Prohibiting "English Only"
California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed SB 111, a language rights bill authored by San Francisco Congressman Leland Yee. According to Yee's office, SB 111 was landmark legislation that would have prohibited businesses from denying service to a patron because of the language he or she speaks. ...
MT Senators Seek Congressional Gold Medal For Cobell
Montana Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus today introduced legislation to award Montana's Elouise Cobell the Congressional Gold Medal. Cobell, a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation, is being recognized for ‘her outstanding and enduring contributions to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and the Nation through her tireless pursuit of justice.' ...
Black Contractors To Protest Mississippi Bridge Project
Work on the new $700 million Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis could come to a halt next week. East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks and the Metro-East Black Contractors Organization announced their plans ...
Report: Poverty Linked To Minority Health
After a decade-long rise in concentrated poverty, one in 11 residents of metropolitan areas now live in communities where at least 30 percent of their neighbors are poor, according to a pair of studies unveiled today by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The reports, A Lost Decade: Neighborhood Poverty and the Urban Crisi ...
Minorities Targeted By War On Terrorism
An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting into the counter-terrorism program at the Mall of America near Minneapolis, found that it often ensnares seemingly innocent people with the FBI and other law enforcement organizations. Ever since 9/11, the nation’s leaders have warned that government agencies can’t protect ...
CA Black Community Rallies For LA Sports Complex
Citing Black unemployment, minority rights groups in the Black community are calling on California Senator Alan Lowenthal and all California legislators to stand up for jobs, especially for those hit hardest by the recession. The protest is co-sponsored ...
BLACK KILLER'S DEATH DATE UPROAR
Georgia is scheduling the execution later this month of an inmate who has won worldwide support for his claims of innocence in the 1989 slaying of a Savannah police officer, his attorney said Tuesday. A Chatham County judge signed the death warrant for Troy Davis yesterday, marking the fourth time since 2007 ...
NAACP Intervenes In Florida Minority Voting Rights Case
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) has filed a motion seeking to intervene in a lawsuit on behalf of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP and Black voters to prevent the State of Florida from implementing discriminatory voting laws. In the lawsuit, Florida v. United States, Florida asks a federal court to approve, under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, voting measures that would significantly alter Florida's voting process. ...
Latinos Eye Texas Redistricting Trial
Texas Republicans will face off against Democrats and minority advocacy groups this week in the first trial related to contested redistricting maps approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The trial will combine several federal lawsuits, The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) will present its case seeking equal representation for Texas Latinos in the congressional and State House redistricting plans. ...
White Supremacist Sentenced For Hate Crime
In January 2010, Zachary Beck and two other white supremacists attacked a black man in downtown Vancouver, Wash., yelling, "White Power!" "You're dead!" and racist slurs. In U.S. District court, Beck was sentenced to 51 months in prison. According to court documents, Beck and his co-conspirators, Kory Boyd and Lawrence Silk, attacked a Black man in a Vancouver sports bar on Jan. 7, 2010, because of the man’s race. ...
Study Debunks Minority Financial Aid Myth
A new report by financial aid and college planning author, Mark Kantrowitz, challenges the assumption that college grant money flows disproportionately to members of minority groups. Kantrowitz, an ABD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, says his paper presents data concerning the distribution of grants and scholarships by race. It debunks the race myth, which claims that minority students receive more than their fair share of scholarships. ...
Latino Voting Advocates Object To Texas Redistricting
Advocates for LULAC that included former Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez, National LULAC Counsel Luis Roberto Vera, Jr., Maverick County Judge David Saucedo and John Tanner, former Department of Justice Voting Rights Section ...
Racial Disparities Found In Military Death Penalty Cases
A study by a group of law and statistics professors found that minorities in the military were twice as likely to be sentenced to death than their white counterparts. Professor David Baldus of the University of Iowa College of Law and associate professor Catherine Grosso of the Michigan State University College of Law, the study's lead authors, ...
BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT SOARS
The Labor Department released the August jobs report today showing that while unemployment figures remained unchanged from July's 9.1 percent. Black unemployment climbed to 16.7 percent. This is the highest its been since 1984. The unemployment rate for Black males rose a whole percentage point to 18.0 percent and the rate for Black youths aged 16–19 jumped from 39.2 to 46.5 percent. ...
Louisiana Prisons Put Black Voting Power At Risk
Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary, is one of the most notorious prisons in the United States. Sometimes called “The Farm” because of its plantation-like set-up, it houses almost 5,300 men, of whom 3,900 are serving life sentences, 968 face terms of 40 years or more, and 83 are on death row. The prison is located 90 minutes ...
Minority Groups Stress Transportation Funding
Following President Obama’s call for a “clean extension” of the surface transportation bill and a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), The Leadership Conference Education Fund released a new report, “Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities,” which highlights how inequities in transportation ...
Judge Reviewing Black Farmer Settlement
U.S. Federal District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington is reviewing the $1.25 billion settlement in a class action stemming from allegations the government discriminated against black farmers in loan processing. Friedman met for about eight hours with the plaintiffs' team, government lawyers and farmers, some of whom traveled ...
Confederate Flags Banned In VA City
The city council in Lexington, Va., just voted to prohibit flying the Confederate flag on city-owned poles. The decision sparked anger among some Lexington residents, who see the Confederacy as a link to the town's past. After a 2 1/2-hour public hearing, the Lexington City Council voted 4-1 to allow only U.S., Virginia and city flags to be flown. ...
UNREST BETWEEN BLACK LAWMAKERS
Black Florida Rep. Allen West, the only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is threatening to quit the CBC over what he calls “racially motivated rhetoric” by fellow caucus members aimed at the tea party. While speaking at a Black Caucus-sponsored event in Miami, fellow CBC member Congressman Andre Carson of Indiana made the assertion that ...
Civil Rights Groups Express 9/11 Solidarity
National civil rights, human rights, civil liberties, Muslim, Jewish, and South Asian groups introduced their statement of shared principles and previewed their activities related to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. More than 70 diverse organizations have signed on to the statement of shared principles in advance of the anniversary ...
Latino Youth Not Prepared For Kindergarten
A new report released today by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) shows that Latino children are at a disadvantage when it comes to elementary school. The report shows that in 2009, only 48 percent of Latino four-year-olds attended preschool, compared to 70 percent of White and 69 percent of Black children of the same age. The report, “Preschool Education: Delivering on the Promise for Latino Children,” provides recommendations to ensure that young Latino children enter school on track for academic success. ...
Latinos Concerned By Education Law Waivers
Members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are voicing concerns over what is says are efforts lead by the Department of Education that could have negative impact for low income and minority youth. According to LULAC, the Department of Education’s recent efforts to provide relief to state and local education agencies from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has the potential to water down the law’s ...
Researcher: Residential Segregation Declines In U.S. Cities
According to University of Michigan research the ideal of equal housing opportunities is closer to becoming a reality in most major U.S. metro areas, "While black-white segregation remains high in many places, there are reasons to be optimistic that 'apartheid' no longer aptly describes much of urban America," said Reynolds Farley, an investigator at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) who studies racial segregation in the United States. ...
Rally Tonight Against Alabama Immigration Law
Opponents of Alabama's law on illegal immigration are holding a rally tonight in Birmingham. The demonstration was originally timed to coincide with the law taking effect Earlier this week a federal judge temporarily blocked the law from going into effect, saying she needed more time to consider lawsuits filed by critics who believe the law is unconstitutional. ...
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