WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If you thought that the United States Constitution guaranteed your right to vote, think again. “While the right to vote is inherent throughout our founding document, and there are amendments prohibiting discrimination, nothing in the Constitution explicitly guarantees our right to vote. We, as Americans, possess no affirmative right to vote,” said Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) as he introduced the bill he co-sponsored with Rep. Keith Ellison on the floor of the House of Representatives (D-Minn.) last May. The Pocan-Ellison Right to Vote Amendment would provide all eligible citizens an affirmative right to vote and make it harder for state and local legislators to pass restrictive voting laws that have disenfranchised Blacks and poor voters in the past.
President Obama's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative Fatherhood Buzz Encourages Fathers To Take Time to be a Healthy Dad Today
Select Local Barbershops to Host Events and Provide Fathers with Parenting Resources
Washington, DC (November 13, 2013) -- As part of President Obama's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance will team up with community agencies and barbershops across the country as part of Fatherhood Buzz to provide fathers with key tips, information and strategies that focus on men's health. Barbershops, which serve as unofficial outlets for peer education in many communities, were chosen as the trusted hub to share information about fatherhood and the essential role that fathers play in society. Events will include national and local resources for fathers, including handouts on health and wellness, parenting tips, networking, and positive conversations.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When lawmakers ratified the 15th Amendment in 1870, protecting voting rights for Blacks, opponents of the law lashed out, violently at times, employing literacy tests, poll taxes, and fraud in an effort to disenfranchise the new voters. It would be nearly 100 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed many of those practices, ushering in a “new era in American democracy.” A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on the economic conditions of low- and middle income families, chronicles past struggles and highlight current roadblocks that attempt to dilute the Black vote.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A new study suggests that access to “excellent teachers” should be a civil right and that students should be able to “take legal action” to get better results. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan Washington think tank, partnered with Public Impact on the report that recommends a number of federal policy reforms designed to increase the influence of excellent teachers in American classrooms. Public Impact is a research and advocacy group focused on the educational needs of underserved students.
In June, Republicans tried to cut $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as food stamps, and failed. Any rational person would say that they went too far.
RALEIGH – If you enjoy North Carolina’s natural beauty, consider showing the state how much you appreciate it by lending a hand during the N.C. Department of Transportation’s 2013 Fall Litter Sweep. Scheduled from Saturday, Sept. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 5, Fall Litter Sweep offers volunteers the opportunity to help keep North Carolina clean and beautiful by picking up trash along roadsides across the state.
Construction News and Resources: S&W Ready Mix Concrete named first place winner in Commitment to Environmental Excellence
Norfolk, Va. - Company officials proudly announce that S&W Ready Mix Concrete Company's Castle Hayne Plant was recently named as a first place winner of the 2013 Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards. Co-sponsored by Concrete Products magazine and the National Ready Mix Concrete Association, the Environmental Excellence Awards program provides national recognition for companies that provide outstanding environment protection and maintain sound environmental management practices in their operations.