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Most Black Americans Sitting Out ‘Occupy’

Written by Chris Levister, Special to the NNPA from the Black Voice News on Friday, 28 October 2011 19:32.

When Ray Leeds saw a crowd gathering in front of the California Museum of Photography, in Riverside’s downtown pedestrian mall last week, the photography buff and out-of work union pipefitter left nothing to chance. “I grabbed my camera and just started taking pictures. It was surreal. Out of nowhere they just started singing and pitching tents,” he said.  “It was engrossing. You couldn’t just stand there and snap pictures.”


Trying Juveniles as Adults: Doesn’t Reduce Juvenile Crime

Written by Kenneth J. Cooper on Friday, 28 October 2011 19:27.

NNPA -- Only eight states publicly report the race and ethnicity of juveniles transferred to adult courts for criminal prosecution, the Justice Department has found, and it’s no wonder that more states do not. Those that do are sending disproportionate numbers of African-American and Hispanic teenagers to face the possibility of the most serious punishment that a juvenile offender can face—getting locked up in a state prison alongside hardened adult criminals.


The Plot to Dilute the Black Vote

Written by George E. Curry on Friday, 21 October 2011 18:32.

After decades of trying to ease voting restrictions that suppress voter turnout in the U.S., already among the lowest among industrialized nations, Republican-led state legislators and GOP governors have quickly implemented or proposed a series of changes aimed at reducing Black political clout.


HistoryMakers Make Lasting Impression in Schools Across the Nation

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 14 October 2011 19:03.

CHICAGO – More than 500 African-American living legends nationwide participated in the 2nd Annual Back to School With the HistoryMakers program on Friday, Sept. 23.


Tea Partiers to Counter Wall Street Protesters

Written by Eric Mayes on Friday, 14 October 2011 18:56.

A coalition of local Tea Party groups – under the umbrella of the Independence Tea Party Association – is “monitoring” Occupy Philadelphia protestors camped out at city hall. “Occupy Philadelphia has threatened to block traffic and set up tents – all without acquiring the proper permits.  The Tea Party condemns such behavior,” said Teri Adams, the association’s president, in a statement.


Darn Right It’s “Too Incendiary”

Written by Lee A. Daniels on Friday, 07 October 2011 18:22.

The New York Times reported yesterday that Mark Melvin, a prison inmate in Alabama, is suing the state department of corrections because they won’t let him have a book his attorney sent him. His lawsuit charges that prison officials characterized the book as “a security threat,” as “too incendiary” and “too provocative.”


Georgia Remains Center of Death Penalty Controversy

Written by George E. Curry on Friday, 07 October 2011 18:19.

Ray Charles sings about Georgia being on his mind. But, as Troy Davis was laid to rest Saturday in Savannah, Georgia was also on the minds of distraught death penalty opponents who saw him executed on the basis of questionable evidence and despite an array of witnesses who had recanted their original testimony.


Obama Finally Gets His Groove Back

Written by George E. Curry on Friday, 30 September 2011 18:47.

2012-presidential-campaignFacing the worst polling numbers of his administration, an increasingly alienated Democratic base and rigidly uncooperative Republicans, President Obama has junked his Compromiser-in-Chief approach and started calling out members of the GOP who oppose adopting programs that will help revive the economy. Stella isn’t the only one who got her groove back. President Obama has recaptured his 2008 presidential campaign mode and it comes not a minute too soon.

Report: Black Buying Power African-Americans Wield Considerable Consumer Power

Written by NNPA on Friday, 30 September 2011 18:46.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  African-Americans’ buying power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2015, according to The State of the African-American Consumer Report, released today, collaboratively by Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy, and The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers across the U.S. This growing economic potential presents an opportunity for Fortune 500 companies to examine and further understand this important, flourishing market segment.


U.S. Department of Education Investigating Record Number of Civil Rights Complaints

Written by Nadra Kareem Nittle, NNPA on Friday, 30 September 2011 18:40.

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Education is seeking to improve the quality of education for minority and poor public school students by aggressively launching civil rights investigations aimed at preventing district administrators from providing more services and resources to predominantly white schools.