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Black men need to speak out against Donald Trump

  NorthStar News Today Editorial   by Frederick H. Lowe Black men cannot stand idly by as Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president, advocates shutting U.S. borders to Muslims because they may be terrorists or sympathetic terrorists groups like ISIS. Before his headline slamming Muslims, Trump went after black men, including President Barack Obama. In 1989 in New York’s[Read More…]

Black woman elected lieutenant governor in Kentucky

  Kentucky voters Tuesday elected Jenean Hampton, a Republican Tea Party candidate, lieutenant governor, making her the first  African American to win a state-wide office in the Blue Grass State. Hampton, who was Governor-elect Matt Bevin’s running mate, defeated Democratic candidate Jack Conway and his running mate, Sannie Overly, by 9% of the vote. Hampton and Bevin won 53% of the[Read More…]

Progressive group rallies state legislators

  By Burney Simpson Washington, D.C.— Several hundred progressive state legislators met here this month, brought together by a new organization that seeks to influence policy much like their conservative counterparts have done for the last several decades. The Denver-based State Innovation Exchange, calling itself SiX, is focusing on four key issues – criminal justice reform, equal pay, earned sick[Read More…]

Hillary comes out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership

  The two-top candidates for the Democratic nomination for president have come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, breaking with President Barack Obama. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who leads rival U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I.,Vermont) in national polls but lags behind him in some state and local polls, announced Wednesday that she is against TPP after vigorously[Read More…]

Rwanda eases the way for a ‘President for Life’

  (TriceEdneyWire.com) — While most African leaders want you to believe they’re for ending the colonial-era practice of rule by a President-for-Life, Rwanda is one among several moving quietly to embrace it. A petition drive allegedly from Rwandese citizens is urging a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to stick around for a third term. Rebuilding Rwanda into a[Read More…]

September 13th in Black History

  James Perkins, Jr. James Perkins, Jr., an African-American businessman, was elected the first black mayor of Selma, Ala., on this day in 2000, defeating long-term incumbent Joe Smitherman in the Democratic primary. In 1965, Selma had been the scene of a bloody crusade to open the voting booths to African Americans. A year earlier only 150 blacks were registered[Read More…]

Fattah Proclaims ‘Not Guilty’ and Peebles Takes Reins at Black Caucus Foundation

  By Burney Simpson WASHINGTON D.C.—Congressman Chaka Fattah on Tuesday pled not guilty to the 29-count federal indictment charging him and three others with fraud, racketeering and conspiracy arising from Fattah’s run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007. Following his indictment, Fattah released a statement, claiming “(t)his has been an eight-year effort by some in the Department of Justice to[Read More…]

Ferguson Hires Black Interim Police Chief

  Police By Frederick H. Lowe Regional Leader of black law enforcement executives takes the top job Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of a violent rebellion following the shooting death of unarmed black teenager by one of the St. Louis suburb’s cops, has hired an interim police chief, its second in four months since Thomas Jackson, the city’s long-term chief resigned[Read More…]

President Will Go From the White House to the Big House

  President Barack Obama is pushing criminal-justice reform by Frederick H. Lowe President Barack Obama on Thursday will become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison in order to meet with staff, inmates and law-enforcement officials as part his effort to push reform in the criminal- justice system. System reform is now being embraced by both Democrats and[Read More…]

Ruling Doesn’t Expand Medicaid

  Medicaid Expansion Deep south states have refused to provide Medicaid Expansion   By Frederick H. Lowe Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the landmark Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, does not affect Medicaid expansion that would provide health-care coverage to the nation’s poorest citizens, many of  whom are African American and live in the Deep South, because an[Read More…]

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