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Harvard study finds housing affordability a growing issue; Despite drops in home prices, many still struggle with rental costs

Written by Charlene Crowell on Monday, 12 September 2011 12:53.

While the recession has contributed to a price drop in residential homes, many consumers still lack the resources to transition from renting to homeownership.  In fact, according to a recent housing report, not only are the numbers of renters growing; but the nation’s supply of affordable rental housing is shrinking.

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Volunteering to Help Others Could Lead to Better Health

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 12 September 2011 12:52.

WASHINGTON – People who volunteer may live longer than those who don’t, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves, suggests new research published by the American Psychological Association. This was the first time research has shown volunteers’ motives can have a significant impact on life span.

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Woman Fighting for Equality in the Workplace

Written by George Barnette from the AFRO-American newspapers on Friday, 02 September 2011 21:00.

A local woman is working hard to get more equality in federal jobs as she believes the government is closing doors on opportunities for minorities.   “I felt that Black federal employees that were brave enough to take on the injustices that were happening to us needed to have an advocacy group to actually expose what’s going on in the federal government,” said Tanya Ward Jordan, founder of the Coalition for Change (C4C).

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Footsteps to Freedom Continues to Recreate American History on the Underground Railroad

Written by Cheryl Brown on Friday, 02 September 2011 20:58.

Special to the NNPA from the Blackvoicenews.com - As the sun came up on the beautiful Ohio River in Maysville, KY, the Footsteps to Freedom group awoke in the French Quarters Hotel for breakfast on the river.  They listened to Griot Jerry Gore, the descendant of Addison White, one freedom seeker who made it to freedom.

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Lonise Bias Builds on Sons' Legacies

Written by Barrington M. Salmon on Friday, 02 September 2011 20:17.

Most people would not blame Lonise Bias if she climbed into a shell and never emerged after experiencing every parent's nightmare – not once, but twice – with the untimely deaths of her sons.

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Mothers’ Forum Pushes for Answers to ‘Flash Mob’ Violence

Written by Nathaniel Lee, Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune on Friday, 26 August 2011 20:12.

A diverse crowd of concerned parents and residents from a cross section of Philadelphia gathered at the Vare Recreation Center, in South Philadelphia, to discuss possible solutions to the escalating problem of youth violence. The event was organized by Mothers in Charge, an organization consisting of mothers who lost children in acts of violence.

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Disparities Facing Black Communities Widen

Written by Wendell Hutson, Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Crusader on Friday, 26 August 2011 20:10.

 There are so many disparities facing the Black community today state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-13th District) said she has lost count. “The number of disparities facing our communities continue to grow with no end in sight and I no longer can keep up with them,” Hunter told the Crusader.  “But if I had to list the top three it would the criminal justice system, education and employment.”  E. Hardy knows too well the struggles Black men face once they are cycled through the criminal justice system.  In 2002, he pled guilty to felony retail theft to avoid a trial and possible incarceration if convicted. 

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New Program to Help Close 'Digital Divide' in Atlanta

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 26 August 2011 19:58.

ATLANTA – More than 300,000 low-income students will be able to access broadband in their homes through a new program designed to bridge the digital divide between people with access to technology and people without it, officials announced.

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More Than One Million Fathers Are Improving America by Taking Their Children to School

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 19 August 2011 18:22.

738 U.S. cities have signed on to the Million Father March 2011, the largest back-to-school initiative in United States' history
By Phillip Jackson  Chicago - An army of more than one million American men are taking to the streets this year in one of the most important battles that America has ever fought.  And that is the battle for the hearts, minds and spirits of American children.  These men will include janitors, lawyers, doctors, technicians, factory workers, bankers, bus drivers, construction workers, policemen and trash collectors. 

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Work and Wages among Older People of Color

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 19 August 2011 18:20.

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 16, 2011 -- The number of people of color in the workforce -- particularly Hispanics and Asian Americans -- will soar in the next two decades as the older population expands, grows more diverse, and works longer. But, African Americans and Hispanics age 50 and older face substantial workplace challenges, including relatively low earnings, high unemployment, and limited access to self-employment. Older Asians fare better, but still lag behind their non-Hispanic white counterparts on many indicators.

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