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Democrats Need a Hot Chocolate Party

Written by George E. Curry on Friday, 12 August 2011 18:23.

It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama and Democrats need pressure from within the party to force them to stand their ground against the Tea Party insurrection in Congress.  As was evident in the recent debt ceiling fiasco, conservative House Republicans have gravitated even farther to the right because of pressure from the Tea Party movement.  Democrats are being towed along kicking and screaming.  


‘Your Boy’ Statement by Pat Buchanan Draws Immediate Objection

Written by AFRO-American newspapers on Friday, 12 August 2011 18:21.

(NNPA) - Conservative pundit Pat Buchanan is playing damage control after creating a bit of controversy when he referred to President Barack Obama as “your boy” in a discussion with Rev. Al Sharpton. Buchanan, a former Republican presidential candidate, was appearing on a show Sharpton was hosting on MSNBC Aug. 2 when he brought up the issue of the Bush tax cuts.


Missing Black Children: A Crisis of Media Neglect           

Written by Nicole Lockley (NNPA) on Friday, 12 August 2011 18:02.

Ke’Shaun Vanderhorst, Jeanine Barnwell, Jaycee Dugard and Caylee Anthony. All four individuals have something in common: their lives were ended or altered tragically.
Nearly 800,000 children under the age of 18 are reported missing each year in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Of those reported missing, 33 percent are African-American.


These Roots Run Deep: Reunion Links Black Families to White S.C. Church

Written by Herbert White, The Charlotte Post on Friday, 12 August 2011 17:53.

(NNPA) - Josiah and Matilda Currence would be proud of their family in 2011 America.Born slaves in the early 19th century, the South Carolina couple’s descendants recently gathered at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Clover, S.C., for the Armstrong-Currence reunion.  The high point of the reunion was the unveiling of a plaque acknowledging their forebears’ connection to the historically white church.


Grant Awarded to American Indian Workforce Development Program

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 05 August 2011 18:50.

RALEIGH– A N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs program that provides workforce development services to American Indian citizens, communities and businesses in four tribal communities in North Carolina has received a $274,534 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to continue services throughout FY2011-12. “The American Indian Workforce Development Program helps American Indian citizens gain the skills necessary to join the workforce and contribute to their local economy,” said Commission Executive Director Greg Richardson.

Multi-Million Dollar Award for Victims

Written by Jesse Muhammad on Friday, 29 July 2011 16:18.

( - In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast, a federally-funded program has drawn criticism due to accusations of discriminating against Blacks in the distribution of recovery funds. On July 6, a settlement was reached in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of Louisiana regarding the highly criticized Road Home program.


Cuts in Social Security … ‘Unthinkable’

Written by Charles D. Ellison on Friday, 29 July 2011 16:16.

Lawmakers in Washington are like basement poker players, pushing money, change, family keepsakes and strips of clothing back and forth across a scratched table. It’s smoky and the alcohol flows from a spigot given the rhetorical fistfights breaking out these days. Yet, little gremlins appear hidden in the details, ripping reams of fine lines from multiple deals being thrown back and forth as negotiations reach the cliff of sudden default death.


Undermining the Right to Vote

Written by Lee A. Saunders, AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer on Friday, 29 July 2011 16:14.

There is no right more precious in our nation than the right of citizens to cast a ballot on Election Day. That is why generations of Americans have sacrificed and even died in efforts to expand the right to vote. Yet across the country, powerful corporate interests and the right-wing politicians who do their bidding are working hard to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.


The Deficit and What It Means to Black America

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 29 July 2011 16:09.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As our leadership in Washington, DC seeks common ground over the nation’s debt limit, there are some real consequences at stake for the black community. The debate on Capitol Hill is no longer philosophical, it’s real and the impact on African-Americans and the poor could be devastating.


Is Race an Issue for Black Suburb with White Mayor?

Written by Wendell Hutson on Friday, 22 July 2011 18:37.

(NNPA) Special from The Chicago Crusader - Allegations of misuse of a city credit card by Dwight Welch, long-time mayor of Country Club Hills, has evolved into a racial bomb being lobbed by public officials, along with accusations of misfeasance.  Welch, a white former policeman has been mayor of the city for the past 24 years and his unsuccessful opponents in the last election—two Black aldermen – Steve Burris and Vincent Lockett-recently accused the mayor of abuse and misuse of a city credit card.  Welch countered the allegations are racially motivated.