WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If you thought that the United States Constitution guaranteed your right to vote, think again. “While the right to vote is inherent throughout our founding document, and there are amendments prohibiting discrimination, nothing in the Constitution explicitly guarantees our right to vote. We, as Americans, possess no affirmative right to vote,” said Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) as he introduced the bill he co-sponsored with Rep. Keith Ellison on the floor of the House of Representatives (D-Minn.) last May. The Pocan-Ellison Right to Vote Amendment would provide all eligible citizens an affirmative right to vote and make it harder for state and local legislators to pass restrictive voting laws that have disenfranchised Blacks and poor voters in the past.
I am very, very pleased with the broad-based response and support that has grown up around the HK on J (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) and Moral Monday Movement. The declared objectives, of course, and the leadership of both initiatives are one and the same. Core announced policy goals of the initiatives are: Economic sustainability, alleviating poverty and expanding labor rights. Fully funded constitutional education. Health care for all – protecting Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, women's health and the Affordable Health Care Act. Addressing disparities in the criminal justice system. Protecting/expanding voting rights and civil rights. Environmental justice. Fair and just immigration reform. Equal protection under the law regardless of race, income, gender or sexual orientation.
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:
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.
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.”