WASHINGTON, DC – February 27, 2014 – Medric Cecil Mills, Jr. suffered a fatal heart attack directly across the street from District of Columbia Fire Engine House 26, while five fire and EMS Department personnel inside refused to provide medical assistance. The outrageous circumstances surrounding Mills’ tragic death has not only captured attention in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but across the nation. On February 24, the D.C. Council’s Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held an oversight hearing to review and discuss Mills’ death and the policies and procedures of D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
Issues of felony disenfranchisement, stand your ground, racial profiling, and the school to prison pipeline addressed by Human Rights Committee’s Report (Geneva) The NAACP applauds the UN Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations from the United States International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) treaty compliance review. The report identifies issues of felony disenfranchisement, stand your ground laws, the death penalty and more. (Full Report Here). The NAACP brought an 11-person delegation to the hearings in Geneva.
It was all-to-easy for many to overlook the tragedy occurred Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm in Brooklyn, NY -- Kahton Anderson shot and killed Angel Rojas. Spirit And Blood. On that tragic day, Angel Rojas was doing what he had done every day since arriving from the Dominic Republic – riding the bus to work to support the needs of his family. Unfortunately for Angel and his family, a 14 year old African-American gang member shot and fatally wounded him bringing undesired sentimentality to his surname. Mr. Rojas – or “red” as in the color of his blood – was killed as his body fluid was senselessly spilled on the B15 bus in Brooklyn.
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Over the past several months I’ve been writing about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action against voter suppression. Last week we published a quote from a reader that pointed out that our efforts are falling short of their intended results. My article two weeks ago on the African American Caucus, which as all articles are, was posted on Facebook, drew a comment from Vivian Brenner who said “Good read! You're organizing and getting momentum, and the word is getting out.
WASHINGTON – The economic status of African-Americans and the “crisis-level” income gap between the rich and the poor was the agenda of this year’s State of the Black Press luncheon Friday at the National Press Club in D.C. The event, sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, featured discourse among journalists and financial experts about the different factors affecting Black economics, including the crippling recession that some said wiped out gains made by middle-class Blacks during the recent recession. “The recession supposedly ended in 2009 but there are still adverse effects,” said economist Valerie Wilson, who works with the D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute. “At the rate of recovery that is taking place we will not reach pre-recession employment levels possibly until 2018.”
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Filled with doubt about his future, Jordan Davis, a 17 year-old student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School began to cry one night sitting on the patio of his father’s condo in Jacksonville, Fla. Like most teenagers, longing for his own identity and independence, Jordan wanted to work and was having a hard time finding a job. He didn’t feel great about his grades, either. “He said, ‘Dad, I don’t think I’m going to make it,’” Ron Davis, Jordan’s father remembered. “‘I can’t find a job. I’m not doing that well in school. I just don’t think that I’m going to make it.’”