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Letter No. 84: Immigration reform now!

This past week, I was pleasantly surprised to receive from you and the White House a response to my personal immigration story and open letters calling for immigration reform. The letter reiterated your support for immigration reform even though it ...

Kayden's Courageous Fight Despite Adversary

Kayden was born prematurely with a life-threatening birth defect called an omphalocele. It is a rare condition in which the intestines and organs develop outside of the baby’s abdomen. In the United States, more than 700 babies a year and ...

Water running dry in Detroit?

Organizers from groups such as the National Action Network and the Working Families Party are voicing their outrage over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s shutoffs and say the utility company is risking the public’s health.

President Obama ramps up fight against HIV/AIDs

President Obama's new strategy to combat HIV/AIDS intends to turn the United States into a place where the infection is rare, and regardless of a person's standing, when someone does contract it they'd still have complete access to all necessary ...

Remembering the Great War

It’s hard to fathom—and in some ways it’s very disturbing—that in this generation, where Americans have been deep in the throes of numerous global military conflicts, we have also reached the 100th anniversary of World War I. Also known as ...

National Action Network and the Central Park five ‘Pause for the Cause’

Monday, July 7, Central Park Five member Kharey Wise joined the National Action Network’s Youth Move for a moment of self-reflection. Founded by Ashley Sharpton, the weekly “Huddle” program asked its youth to take a long, hard look in the ...

Ron Kirk talks America and nuclear energy

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency officially called for requiring the country's existing power plans to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The effort would help President Barack Obama address climate change, a priority ...

Supreme Court Makes Another Decision Involving the Affordable Care Act

Monday morning SCOTUS, in another 5-4 conservative/liberal split, sided with the right for businesses to abstain from participating in healthcare that goes against its religious practice instead of with the majority of American people, who disagree with a business’ right ...

Free national hearing test available by phone

Are Americans warming up to a free over-the-phone hearing test developed by Indiana University researchers and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? As news about the test spreads, the answer seems to be a resounding ...

‘You are valuable, Black men,’ preaches Michael Eric Dyson

“Are you the one or should we expect someone else?” Dr. Michael Eric Dyson asked rhetorically, addressing an audience last Thursday evening at Bethel AME Church.

New York comes in as 10th safest city to live in

June is National Safety Month. In commemoration of the occasion Wallethub did a study comparing how secure the 50 states and the District of Columbia are to one another.

Claims of discrimination by the Ansonia Housing Authority Settled

An agreement was made between the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and the city of Ansonia, Connecticut and the Ansonia Housing Authority concerning allegations of discrimination.

Obama administration allots $6.7 million for conservation jobs for youth

As thousands of college students return home for the summer, and compete with the thousands of teenagers already scrambling for jobs in an ever-shrinking job market, the Obama administration has announced they will be allotting $6.7 million for the creation ...

Workers protest for wage increase

Fast food workers seeking higher pay protested against McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s locations around the globe demanding a minimum wage increase.

NAACP selects Brooks as new leader

Last week, the NAACP’s national board of directors selected attorney Cornell William Brooks to be the association’s president and CEO. Since Benjamin Todd Jealous stepped down, an interim president was installed. Brooks, a veteran lawyer, minister and longtime president and ...