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A personal look at the lives of the Wilmington Ten

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA News Service from the Wilmington Journal Most of the defendants were young, some barely in their 20s, when they were convicted in 1972 of crimes they didn’t commit. Some were still in high school, and living with their parents. At least one, Anne Shepard, was rearing three young children. Most of them had dreams of a bright, hope-filled future. Their only “crime,” they s ...

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Historic health care decision moves nation toward health equity

News Analysis By Brian Smedley, Ph.D. Trice Edney News Wire The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a significant advancement in the effort to repair the deeply broken U.S. healthcare system and promote equitable opportunities for good health for all. As long as its provisions are fully funded by Congress, the law wil ...

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Congressional Black Caucus walks out on Holder contempt vote

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Afro American Newspaper Furious over a House vote June 28 finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the Congressional Black Caucus and other Democrats walked out of the vote in protest. In all, 108 Democrats — including minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Civil Rights Era icon John Lewis, D-Ga. — joined the protest of an action they called “silly ...

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DHS could be held in contempt

Center for Civil Justice asks Genesee County Circuit Court to enforce its order and hold Department of Human Services in contempt SAGINAW — On June 18, the Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) filed a motion asking the Genesee County Circuit Court to enforce its class action ruling that low-income families cannot be denied or terminated from cash assistance based on a 60-month lifetime limit that violates state l ...

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Detroit files Title VI Civil Rights complaints against discriminatory corporate school reforms

Detroit students, parents and civil rights activists joined a national coalition of youth and community groups from New York to California June 21 to jointly file Title VI civil rights complaints against discriminatory “reform” policies that largely target African American and Latino communities. Chanting “No education! No life! We’re gonna fight for our rights!” the community groups called for an end to fa ...

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Rodney King, dead at 47: ‘A symbol of civil rights’

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire The death of 47-year-old Rodney King, the man whose name has become synonymous with police brutality and excessive force, has shocked the nation. Twenty years after the vicious beating of King by Los Angeles police officers, his sudden death by apparent drowning June 17 shines a new spotlight on injustices that continue against African Americans and recalls his res ...

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Teen pregnancies, dangers on the rise

By Zach Burgess Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune After more than a decade in decline, the United States teen pregnancy rate has been rising in recent years. According to momlogic.com, the estimated public cost for teen pregnancy in the United States is between $6 and $9 billion a year. Eighty percent of teen moms are on some form of public assistance. Seven out of 10 teen mothers are unlike ...

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Prayer walk addresses state injustices under Snyder

At a time when ministers are criticized for not addressing political issues in their pulpits, Evangelist Sarella Johnson, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is calling on people of all religious faiths to join her in a prayer walk in front of Michigan Gov. Richard Snyder’s southeast Michigan headquarters. The prayer walk is scheduled for June 28 at noon. Evangelist Johnson noted the walk will be s ...

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Black bankers president warns churches: Change the way you do business

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire WASHINGTON — The head of a national Black bankers organization is warning that growing foreclosures upon churches across America indicate that houses of worship must quickly change the way they do business or possibly face a national crisis. “A trend in church foreclosures is causing national leaders representing African American communities all over America to foc ...

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Bond revoked, Trayvon Martin killer back in jail

By Trice Edney Staff Trice Edney News Wire SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the Florida killing of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, was remanded back to jail June 3 after the judge in the case revoked his bond saying he misled the court about his finances. Zimmerman, who had been free on a $150,000 bond, returned to custody in Sanford, Fla. less than an hou ...

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