Black Workers

Will the proposed trade agreement be another bad deal for black workers?

  Previous deals have cost black workers hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs African Americans have lost 281,000 manufacturing jobs since China joined the World Trade Organization   By Frederick H. Lowe President Barack Obama is seeking Congressional authority to move quickly on  the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement, but if TPP is anything like earlier contracts, black workers will[Read More…]

Head of U.S. Black Chambers Supports Trans-Pacific Partnership

  Critics say an agreement could cause a further loss of manufacturing jobs, hurting black-male workers By Frederick H. Lowe Ron Busby, Sr., president of The U.S. Black Chambers Inc., which calls itself the National Voice of Black Business, has given his support to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which critics led by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other[Read More…]

Historical Marker on Wall Street to Acknowledge the Slave Trade

New York City officials will install a marker on Wall Street, finally acknowledging the city’s role in the slave trade. The marker will be unveiled Juneteenth (June 19th), which was the day in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told the slaves that the Civil War had ended and they were free. June 19th, 2015,[Read More…]

Reparations Activists Ready for New Phase in Long Struggle

By Linn Washington Jr. NEW YORK — Racism is a topic that usually divides black and white Americans. However, iconic civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is one contentious race-mired issue where blacks and whites seemingly share a similar posture. “Blacks and whites have one thing in common. They will not discuss reparations,” Jackson said, defining reparations for[Read More…]

Black media, Business and Civil Rights Groups Take Issue With Lawsuit Attacking Sharpton

( — Three national African-American organizations have issued a joint statement in response to a $20 billion federal lawsuit filed by television producer Byron Allen, charging Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, the NAACP, the National Urban League, Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network, and former Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker with racial discrimination. In the lawsuit, Allen[Read More…]

Black America Missing Nearly Half of Its Economic Share

New Report Shows African-Americans at Rock Bottom of America’s Equality Index By Hazel Trice Edney ( — Amidst continued struggles to maintain voting rights, protests to end shootings of unarmed black males by police and a constant press to lower the jobless rate for African-Americans, a new report this week announces that Black America is still not receiving nearly half[Read More…]

Black Unemployment Rate was 10.4% in February

African- Americans’ jobless rate is higher than every other group The overall unemployment rate dropped in February as the nation’s businesses added 295,000 new jobs, but African-Americans did not benefit as much as other ethnic and racial groups. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for African Americans was 10.3% in January compared to[Read More…]

Felony Disenfranchisement Diminishes Black Voting Strength, but Black Prison Inmates Help Rural White Areas

By Frederick H. Lowe Felony disenfranchisement, which prohibits individuals from voting although they have completed their prison sentences,  is a major obstacle to full black voting strength, according to a study published by the Joint Center  For Political and Economic Studies, a Washington, D. C.-based think tank for African-American elected officials. “Many states disenfranchise former offenders after they have completed[Read More…]

Unemployment Rate Drops for Black Men in January

Labor participation rate also declines By Frederick H. Lowe The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for black men 20 years old and older dropped in January compared with December, but the results were mixed for African-American workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this month. The jobless rate for black men was 10.8 percent in January compared to 11.0[Read More…]

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