Author Archives: Freddie Allen

  • Upcoming Washington March Should Again Focus on Jobs

    Civil rights leaders will march on Washington, D.C. on August 24 to observe the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Now economists, labor groups and community ...

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  • Black Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2009

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The unemployment rate for Blacks fell from 13.7 percent in June to 12.6 percent in July, the lowest jobless rate for Blacks since January 2009, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. Although economists warn against being too ...

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  • Civil Rights Leaders Meet with Obama on Voting Rights

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Voting Rights Act is down, but not out and civil rights leaders joined President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. at the White House July 29 to discuss renewed efforts in the fight against voter discrimination. In a statement released after the ...

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  • Black Clergy Stand Their Ground Against Zimmerman Verdict

    Just as they did during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the July 20 demonstrations in more than 100 cities around the nation to protest the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman on charges that he murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, many ministers were in the forefront of protests ...

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  • Voting Rights Advocates Face Uphill Battle

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, striking down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, civil rights organizations and voting rights advocates are preparing to battle against an expected avalanche of new ...

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  • Activists Urge End to War on Drugs

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black activists marked the 42nd anniversary of the War on Drugs with a protest in front of the White House aimed at ending a targeted action that has led to the disproportionate arresting, conviction and incarceration of Blacks for decades. The Institute of the Black ...

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  • Autism Often Goes Undetected in Black Kids

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Areva Martin watched her youngest child play with growing concern. Marty was almost 18 months old and he didn’t play like other kids his age. Instead of racing toy cars on a track or across the floor, Marty would organize them in lines. He did the same thing with ...

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  • Adding Shakur to Most Wanted List Baffles Activists

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When officials from the FBI and the New Jersey State Police called a press conference to name Assata Shakur, a 65-year-old-Black women and political refugee living in Cuba, to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List, the move left many political activists puzzled. ...

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  • Substance Abuse Fuels Incarceration Rates for Black Men

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A recent study reports that treating substance abusers, especially African Americans, could save the nation billions of dollars at a time when all eyes are glued to debates over how to solve the country’s national debt. The study by researchers at Meharry Medical ...

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  • Black Unemployment Drops Faster Than for Whites

    The Black unemployment rate fell to 13.2 percent in November, down from 14.3 percent the previous month. The decrease of 1.1 percent was a sharper drop than for Whites (6.8 percent, from 7 percent in October) and Latinos (10 percent, the same as for the previous month), according to the monthly ...

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