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A brief history of Black August

For the past four-and-a-half decades, the self-defining, uncompromising efforts of a few freedom fighters from the Black Liberation struggle have been recognized each August by the many who acknowledge those deeds.

Mothers of unarmed sons killed by NYPD meet with Inspector General

Her message was to say, “Enough is enough,” and request that the IG’s office launch an investigation into the unjust killings of unarmed Black and Latino youths and the NYPD’s use of deadly force.

Staten Islanders demand real justice for Eric Garner

Last Thursday night at the Central Family Life Center, what started as a five-person panel to educate the neighborhood on their legal and civil rights escalated into the audience challenging one another and their hosts from the NAACP to initiate ...

Marcus Mosiah Garvey—all praises due

A contingent of grassroots activists will acknowledge the legacy of Pan-African icon, the honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, this Sunday, the 127th anniversary of his physical birth in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, Aug. 17, 1887.

Anonymous makes its presence felt in Ferguson

While residents in Ferguson, Mo., continue to protest against the police shooting of Michael Brown by taking to the streets, the most well-known online hacker group is working to lift the veil on local law enforcement from afar.

More police shootings nationwide

As the nation comes to terms with the fatal Aug. 9 police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, more police shootings have taken place.

Is police brutality a national epidemic?

While heavy armored vehicles roll down the streets of Missouri, the outrage simmering dangerously over the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has gone viral.

Eric Garner’s Death Ruled a Homicide

The New York City Medical Examiner finally released Eric Garner’s autopsy. The medical examiner has confirmed what internet videos have shown and the Black community has suspected since Garner’s death was made public three weeks ago, that it was a ...

City Council passes “Avonte’s Law”

The New York City Council unanimously passed “Avonte’s Law” last Thursday, which calls on the Department of Education and the New York Police Department to evaluate the need for alarms and install audible alarms on doors of public school buildings ...

Feds investigate ‘One Newark’ plan

The U.S. attorney general is investigating allegations that Newark’s school re-organization plan discriminates against Black students. The “One Newark” school reorganization plan, announced by Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson in December, is scheduled to be operational this fall. It includes ...

Demonstrators call for dismissal of Marissa Alexander case during ‘Stand Your Ground Week’

Black residents in Florida are pushing for a dismissal of the case against Marissa Alexander and the exit of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey. Reports indicate that Alexander, who is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly ...

Letter No. 85: Immigration reform now!

Against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty in New York City last week, dozens of New Yorkers gathered to urge you to make good on your remarks made June 30 to take executive action on immigration reform. New Yorkers ...

Aruba Reaches Out but has Problems

Just last weekend, the Aruban prime minister, Mike Eman, other cabinet ministers and high officials ended a week-long hunger strike to protest what authorities said were efforts by the Netherlands, the island’s so-called mother country, to sabotage the 2014-15 budget.

The death of Eric Garner demands prompt answers

Just this week, there was the candlelight march on Staten Island, complete with neighborhood mourners, a grieving widow and lingering questions about the senseless death of yet another unarmed African-American man at the hands of police.

Leaders who can keep the dream alive

Over the last month, I had the privilege of reading two new books on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The first was written by David L. Chappell, professor of modern history at the University of Oklahoma, titled “Waking From the ...

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