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Obama Teams up with Pro Athletes to Meet ACA Deadline

Written by Freddie Allen, Washington Correspondent on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:59.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the final, frenzied push to boost health insurance enrollment numbers under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama turned to sports figures to promote the health care law on television and online. Riding on the wave of the highly-anticipated NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness, the move could capture the attention of young Blacks, who often view celebrities and professional athletes as positive role models.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 12:48.

People lie – we know this. People lie to kids – we know this, too. But what happens next? Do children who’ve been lied to lie more themselves? Surprisingly, the question had not been asked experimentally until Chelsea Hays, then an undergraduate student in psychology at the University of California, San Diego, approached professor Leslie Carver with it. Now the pair have a paper out in Developmental Science, suggesting that adult dishonesty does make a difference, and not in a good way.

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Black Male Initiative Must Address Structural Racism

Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent on Monday, 17 March 2014 15:42.

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WASHINGTON – If President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative expands educational and work opportunities for young Black and Hispanic males, but fails to address the burdens of structural racism that threaten their lives, the program might not succeed, some community activists believe.“Let’s say they do all the right things, let’s say they excel in the classroom, let’s say they are involved in community activities, but then they go out on the street and they are harassed by police, profiled and arrested,” said Walter Fields, executive editor of the NorthStar News a news website that caters to African American. “Or they go to college and they get a degree, then they go out on the labor market and they are discriminated against. How do we control that, after you have told these young men that they have to rise above it and be better, then they run into a system that is designed to cut them down?”
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Failing Forward

Written by Bernada Nicole on Monday, 17 March 2014 12:58.

John Holt failing forward"Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.” – Matthew Keith Groves Have you ever had an “ah-ha moment,” where you wished you could go back and have a do-over because of the mistakes that you made? If you are anything like myself, I am certain that you have had plenty of times where you wished you could just blink and magically cause your mistakes to be a mere memory in the wind.

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Call for Federal Voter Protections and a Common Commitment to Voting Rights

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:56.

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The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Movement Joined the Alabama-Based Saving OurSelves Coalition Today in Raleigh Yesterday

RALEIGH - The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement joined together with the Alabama-based Saving OurSelves Coalition to hold a rally and press conference yesterday in Raleigh calling upon Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to its full strength.  The Forward Together Movement welcomed the SOS Coalition yesterday afternoon as its Caravan for Democracy makes its way from Selma, Ala. to Washington DC, leaving 49 years almost to the day after civil rights leaders were beaten for daring to organize for voting rights in the Jim Crow South. Many of the assembled carried signs that memorialized the efforts and sacrifices made at Bloody Sunday in March 1965, sacrifices that spurred Congress to act on the mass disenfranchisement of African Americans by passing the Voting Rights Act later that summer.

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Statement of Voting Rights to UN Human Rights Committee

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:35.

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(GENEVA, Switzerland) – The NAACP issued the following statement read before a hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Committee ahead of the US ICCPR review: This statement is made on behalf of The ACLU of Florida, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Navajo Nation, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, and The NAACP. As detailed in the shadow reports submitted by numerous U.S.-based organizations, we are deeply concerned by continuing efforts across the country to restrict access to the ballot.

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Defeat Voter Suppression

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 10 March 2014 22:54.

Time To Panic?

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:41.

Educate, organize and mobilize: When a community is facing a political disaster should it push the panic button?  Many of you know that I’ve been monitoring and writing commentaries on voter suppression and the North Carolina Voter Suppression Act of 2013 since early August 2013.  Since August I’ve watched the growth of voter suppression activities and the evolution of under supported campaigns to defeat voter suppression.  In deciding whether or not to push the panic button, several important evaluations must be made.  Continue Reading

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Miseducation Negro/African American Public Schools Policies Evaluated By Congress

Written by Ben Haith on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:50.

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After completing the sixth grade in Stamford, Connecticut, I was promoted to Cloonan Junior High School and for the remainder of my public school career my education deteriorated. When I look back, I realize that many of my teachers in Junior and High School were inferior educators because of their policies toward people of color. Their policies kept them from preparing their Negro/African American students for good positions in our society.

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America's Poverty Crisis Cries Out For Sixties Style Direct Action

Written by Sherwood Ross on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:06.

David Simon, the Baltimore Sun crime reporter who created the HBO series, "The Wire," (2002-2008), in a recent interview said of African-Americans: "They're the last…(on) the economic ladder. And if you look at…Baltimore, Md., half of the adult male African American-residents have no work. That's not an economic system that is having a bad go of it, that's something that doesn't actually work." 

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7 Free Help Lines Available To Help African-American Families With Money Troubles

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 03 March 2014 16:10.

John Travis Holt commentary 150X150 As a public benefit, CareConnect USA has published several toll-free help lines for families seeking financial assistance. -- WAXHAW, NC – When a household relies on two paychecks, budgets are strained if one job is lost. In cases like this, a family can tread water for a time. But as they struggle to find work, many will fall into troubling debt. Fortunately, more households are finding lifelines for help. Since 2009, phone calls to financial help lines have risen 10% per year. As a public benefit, CareConnect USA publishes help lines for families seeking financial assistance. According to national director David Moakler, awareness is the key.