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NAACP Files Comments In Opposition to Proposed IRS Regulations Restricting Civic Engagement

Written by NAACP on Monday, 03 March 2014 15:53.

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The NAACP filed comments in opposition to proposed IRS regulations that would redefine political activity for 501(c)(4) organizations. “In a rush to combat legitimate abuses of 501(c)(4) status, the IRS has proposed overbroad regulations that throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water,” stated NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller.  “For more than a century, the NAACP has fought tirelessly to protect the rights of everyday Americans to participate in the political process – a process based on one man,  one vote.  The proposed regulations undermine that effort and the efforts of other organizations to secure unfettered access to the ballot box.  For the NAACP, it is not about political campaigns nor a political candidate, it is about the American right to vote.”

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Overcoming the Racism Game

Written by Gregory B. Dean on Monday, 03 March 2014 15:44.

Over 450 years ago, Native and African Peoples became the victims of European expansionism in the New World. The British colonists, after gaining independence from the Crown, needed cheap labor to develop the vast lands and natural resources they'd stolen. Their solution: establish African Slavery, an innovative labor system engineered and powered by the "Racism Game". This European self-attribution of racial superiority, when combined with Euro-inspired Capitalism, Religionism, and Militarism, served to justify European enslavement of millions of Africans in the name of building a secure and profitable American empire.  

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In a Great Victory for Public School Supporters, a Wake County Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against the North Carolina Voucher Program

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:47.

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RALEIGH - Judge Robert H. Hobgood issued a temporary injunction Friday stopping efforts by extremists to undermine North Carolina's public schools by diverting $11.7 million from the general school fund into a voucher program that would send taxpayer money to any of the state's 700 private schools. In a full courtroom at the old Wake County courthouse, plaintiff attorneys emphasized that the NC Constitution prohibits discrimination based on race and religion and mandates that taxpayer funds be used "exclusively" for the public school system. After hearing a few hours of arguments, the judge read a short order granting our request for a temporary injunction that stops any further activity on the so-called opportunity scholarships -- a program devised by a national ideological coalition to undermine public school systems.

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NAACP Applauds Attorney General Holder for Speaking Out Against Felony Disenfranchisement

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:42.

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(Washington, DC)-- The NAACP commends Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder for speaking out against laws prohibiting people with felony convictions from voting even after they have served the terms of their sentences. The NAACP has been actively engaged in campaigns in Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Delaware and other states to bring the practice to an end. "By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes," Holder said at a Washington, DC, symposium on sentencing laws. Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky are the only states that continue to disenfranchise persons convicted of felonies even after they have completed all of the terms of their sentences. There are an estimated 1.5 million disenfranchised citizens in Florida alone.

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Civil Rights Group Responds to Lesser Convictions and Hung Jury in Michael Dunn Trial for Murder of Unarmed Florida Teen

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 24 February 2014 22:25.

JOHN TRAVIS HOLT GEORGIA FULTON NEW YORK – The following is a statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, on the hung jury in the Dunn Trial: “On Saturday, February 15th, in Florida, the trial of Michael Dunn for shooting and killing unarmed 17-year old Jordan Davis resulted in a hung jury on the count of first-degree murder. Although we are pleased with the guilty verdictson the lesser charges of attempted murder and shooting a deadly missile, a mistrial on the most significant count of first-degree murder is outrageous.
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Wilmington on Fire (Kickstarter Pitch Video)

Written by John Travis Holt on Friday, 21 February 2014 18:09.

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"Wilmington on Fire" is a feature-length documentary that will give a historical and present day look at the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 and how the descendants of the victims of the event are asking for legal action in regards to compensation. The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is also considered one of the only examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government (coup d'etat) and left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow (segregation) throughout the state of North Carolina, and the American South. © 2011 Christopher Everett

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EVENTS: New Hanover County Schools celebrates African American History Month

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 10 February 2014 18:35.

February is African American History Month, and New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) has already begun to celebrate with events that are educational, inspirational and fun. Throughout the district, schools are incorporating African American studies into classroom curricula highlighting the important ways African Americans have impacted our nation's history. To celebrate African American History Month, the following events are planned:

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The Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials Elects New Officers

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 10 February 2014 18:31.

Raleigh, NC—The Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials held elections for its executive committee on December 3, 2013.  Swearing-in of the newly elected officers was scheduled 9 a.m. February 1, 2014 at the League of Municipalities Albert Coates Local Government Center 215 N. Dawson Street in downtown Raleigh. The ceremony was performed by Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley. 

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Upward Mobility Not Based on Merit

Written by By Jazelle Hunt, Washington Correspondent on Monday, 10 February 2014 18:27.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In last week’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama declared, “…Our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams.” The operative word was “should.” A recent study by a team of Harvard University and University of California-Berkeley researchers and others confirm that the birth lottery still rules the day. The report states, “Contrary to popular perception, economic mobility has not changed significantly over time; however, it is consistently lower in the U.S. than in most developed countries. It also said two studies found, “Upward income mobility varies substantially within the U.S. Areas with greater mobility tend to have five characteristics: less segregation, less income inequality, better schools, greater social capital, and more stable families.”

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Consumer Advocates Claim Victory After 2-Year Campaign for Reform

Written by Charlene Crowell on Monday, 03 February 2014 15:47.

More good news keeps coming for consumers in early 2014. On the heels of new mortgage rules that took effect on January 10, the following week four banks making payday loans pulled their products from the market. Announcing a halt to their triple-digit interest rates were Wells Fargo, Regions, Fifth Third and US Bank. Together, these lenders have combined assets of $2.1 trillion, serving customers through 30,000 branches and more than 21,500 ATMs across the country.