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Millions Of Ex-Offenders Given a Voting ‘Death Sentence”

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly 6 million former prisoners –1 million of them Black – will not be able to vote in the November presidential election because of state laws that continue to punish them even after they have completed their sentences, according to a recent report by the Sentencing Project. The report said 5.85 million citizens who were formerly incarcer ...

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Black Economic Dysfunction

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Amazingly, Black folks in this country still don’t get it.  After all we have been through and after everything we have accomplished, prior to and after integration, our relative collective economic position in America has changed very little.  In some cases we have regressed in terms of ownership of land, from some 20 million acres of land (31,000 square miles) in 1910; and ...

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High Risk Sexual Activity Among Teens Drops Dramatically

By Imani Evans Special to the NNPA News Service from The Dallas Examiner WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new findings that show a “dramatic decline” in risky sexual behavior among Black youth since 1991. The data, which cover 1991 to 2011, was presented by Laura Kann, Ph.D., and Kevin Fenton, M.D. at the recently concluded 2012 International AIDS Conference ...

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Say No To Drugs Parade A Success!!

The Healing Temple Church of God and Christ held their 24th annual “Say No to Drugs Parade” on July 28th. The parade started at the church on Chicago Avenue headed west to Central then turned north up Central to Augusta, east on Augusta toward Cicero and back to Chicago Avenue. The young people and adults were chanting things like “Stop the Violence; Save Our Children and We Want to Live.” The parade was le ...

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Happy Daze Are Here Agaain! Dwight Howard Emerges As New Face of Lakers

by Kenneth Miller LA Watts Times Correspondent From Watts to South Central, Inglewood, to Hawthorne and beyond, Lakers fans are rejoicing in the acquisition of superstar big man Dwight Howard joining the storied local basketball franchise. It is one of those moments that sort of transcends your normal sports story. Not as important as the Martin Luther King assassination or the presidential election of Bara ...

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60 Pastors Adopt Strategy to Reduce City Violence

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, The Leaders Network, a clergy-based disaster relief and social justice advocacy organization, held an emergency coalition meeting with 60 ministers and pastors from different communities and cultures to strategize how the faith  community can respond to the escalating violence in Chicago neighborhoods. The meeting was held at the Greater St. John Bible Church located on 1256 N. Wa ...

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We Need A Movement

The women’s Council of Community Intercession established by 5th Senate District Democratic candidate Dr. Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, held its first meeting Monday, July 10, 2012 at Wallace Catfish Corner. The citywide group of women rallying around the need for bold and immediate action regarding the issue of public safety, human rights and self-determination. Dr. Watkins declared that we need a Movement. T ...

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Providence St. Mel First Annual Alumni Picnic

Providence St. Mel has a track record that speaks for itself. For the last thirty four-years 100% of all Providence St. Mel graduating seniors have been accepted into four year universities. It takes extreme planning and coordination to gather such a bunch of alumni for fun. On Saturday July 14, 2012 Providence St. Mel Alumni Association hosted the First Annual Providence St. Mel All Classic Picnic. Hundred ...

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Samuel Administers Justice-Rescued

Key Verse: “And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” (1 Samuel 7:3)   FIRST WORDS… This week’s lesson comes on the heels of our Independence Day celebration, ...

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The Decline of Civil Liberties

By Wilmer J. Leon III NNPA Columnist Some of the most sweeping decisions pertaining to civil liberties for Americans came during the Warren Court (1953-1969). The Warren Court ended school segregation with the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision.  In Mapp v. Ohio (1961) the Warren Court established the exclusionary rule which banned courts from using evidence obtained in violation of the Fourteenth ...

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