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Trans-Pacific Partnership:  What’s in it for Black Workers?
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: What’s in it for Black Workers?

  Editorial By Frederick H. Lowe The United States Senate has given President Barack Obama a green light to go ahead with the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA), which is the right to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secret trade deal between the United States and 11 other nations. Now it is up to the U.S. […]

Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia has been named executive director of Cook County Jail, the biggest mental health facility in the country. Photo by Penny Yi Wang
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Clinical Psychologist to Head Cook County Jail, the Nation’s Largest Mental Health Institution

  By Frederick H. Lowe Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist, has been named executive director of Cook County (Illinois) Jail, the nation’s largest mental health institution, and her appointment supports Sheriff Tom Dart’s view as well as growing national sentiment that the mentally ill don’t belong in jail because it is too costly and because it criminalizes behavior […]

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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 […]

Ron Busby, Sr., president U.S. Black Chambers Inc., wants Congress to enact the Trade Promotion Authority.
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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 […]

Black men who serve long sentences in prison lose out on Social Security Retirement Benefits.
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Locked Behind Bars and Out of Reach of Social Security

  By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—In an unprecedented move, Chicago officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million in reparations to black men who spent decades in prison after police tortured them into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. Although each man could receive as much as $100,000 before taxes, the settlement points to another major financial roadblock a corrupt and […]

Black Men Suffer from Mental Illness: How Racism Figures In
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Black Men Suffer from Mental Illness: How Racism Figures In

  The definition of mental illness has a racist history rooted in slavery By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO–Horace Howard has been committed to Tinley Park Mental Health Center five times for auditory and visual hallucinations and once to Cermak Health Services, a psychiatric hospital operated inside Cook County Jail, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. His history of psychiatric […]

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The Closing of the Woodlawn Mental Health Center Disrupted the Lives of the Black Men It Served

  The center provided the men with a refuge and some of them still call it home By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—-William Robinson was afraid to leave his home on Chicago’s South Side after being robbed twice at gun point and kidnapped once at gunpoint. Robinson, a former automobile and property claims processor for State Farm Insurance Co., was diagnosed […]

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Texas Tech to Award a Honorary Degree to a Wrongfully Convicted Student

By Frederick H. Lowe Texas Tech University’s Board of Regents has voted to award an honorary degree to Timothy Cole, a former business student who died in a Texas prison for the crime he didn’t commit. School officials expelled Cole in 1985 after he was charged with raping Michele Mallin, another student. A jury in Lubbock, Texas, convicted Cole, 26, […]

A Day in the Life of Black Men: Microaggressions, a Subtle Form of Racism
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A Day in the Life of Black Men: Microaggressions, a Subtle Form of Racism

  By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—Marcus Murray was walking in Hyde Park the other day. Murray was wearing sweat pants and a hooded sweat shirt, though he wasn’t wearing the face-concealing hood. However, his hands were in his pockets and that casual, non-threatening way of walking had the opposite effect on a white man walking with his children, Murray believed. […]

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Miss Japan Is Afro-Japanese

  There is a newly crowned Miss Universe Japan, but some Japanese don’t like her because she is African American and Japanese. Ariana Miyamoto, who is 20, is called “hafu”—half Japanese because she is biracial, recently stood her ground before the Japanese media, according to the blog Kotaku. ” I may not look Japanese on the outside, but on the […]