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Churches, Conferences Observing S.C. Boycott

Written by Wendy Brinker on Friday, 28 August 2009 17:14.

(NNPA) – Strike another victory for the NAACP’s economic boycott of South Carolina. Notice was recently sent that the National Convocation of the Christian Church voted to cancel plans to hold its 2010 Biennial Session in Charleston after receiving a request from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asking the Convocation to support its boycott of the state.

The Invisible Cost of Incarceration

Written by Patrice Gaines on Friday, 28 August 2009 17:13.

WASINGTON (NNPA) – In communities around the country, black people are missing. Neighborhoods languish. Dreams deferred rot in distant warehouses we call prisons. The similarities between the correctional system and slavery are eerie: Families ripped apart. Traditions lost or never made. The shipment of flesh, the pipeline that nearly guarantees black children go from the cradle to the prison; the insane profits made by warehousing human beings.

Half Century Since March on Washington: Has Black Activism Weakened?

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Friday, 28 August 2009 17:12.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - This week marks the 46th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. Nearly a half century since the march that drew more than 200,000 to Washington, D.C., black activists confess they have changed their strategy in the wake of an African-American President, but they contend that their commitment remains the same.

SPLC Report: Militias Returning in Fear of Black President

Written by Southern Poverty Law Center on Friday, 21 August 2009 15:46.

(NNPA) - Sparked by a combination of anger at the federal government and the deaths of political dissenters at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, the movement took off in the middle of the decade and continued to grow even after 168 
people were left dead by the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's federal building — an attack, the deadliest ever by domestic U.S. terrorists, carried out by men steeped in the rhetoric and conspiracy theories of the militias.

Berklee College of Music Students, Alumni from Latin America to Perform in Mexico City Concert/Talent Competition

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 21 August 2009 15:32.

Six rising Latin American artists who are students or alumni of Berklee College of Music will perform their original tunes in an international concert event that marks the climax to the Spanish language songwriting competition Berklee Canta en Espanol. Contest finalists will share the stage with Berklee alumni, who are among Latin music's newest stars, on October 7 at the world-renowned Lunario National Auditorium, in Mexico City. Finalists will be announced soon at and

Domestic Violence Hiding in the Open, The Crime is Drastically Underreported Until It Reaches a Horrific End

Written by By Larry Miller, Philadelphia Tribune on Friday, 14 August 2009 15:49.

PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) - No one knows how many women suffer abuse at the hands of their husbands, boyfriends and intimate partners, but law enforcement officials and social service experts agree that domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes in the nation. And as the killings of Andrea Arrington in Ridley Park and Lee Anne Smith in Philadelphia demonstrate, domestic violence becomes lethal all too often.

In New York: Staggering Number of Missing Blacks Fuel Speculation of 'Human Traffickiing'

Written by By Nayaba Arinde on Friday, 14 August 2009 15:43.

NEW YORK (NNPA) - One of the great undiscussed dilemmas plaguing this city is the number of runaways and abducted children. The numbers are staggering. AMBER Ready Inc./Foundation states that annually about 800,000 children are reported missing in America. “The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime defines human trafficking as ‘the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.’ ...


U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Must Be Replaced, Rights Leaders Say

Written by By Hazel Trice Edney on Friday, 14 August 2009 15:33.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 52-year-old U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, historically a leading force for overturning racist policies and enacting civil rights laws against Jim Crow segregation, has become obsolete and must be replaced, say civil rights leaders who are moving to make it happen.

Maltreated Young Adults Not Receiving Needed Mental Health Services

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 07 August 2009 15:24.

Mental health problems among young adults suspected of being maltreated as youths often go untreated as they transition to adulthood, according to a study by researchers at RTI International. The study, published in the August issue of Psychiatric Services, found that more than 48 percent of young adults suspected of being maltreated as youths had indicators of mental health problems. But the study showed that among those young adults with mental health problems, less than a quarter of them used outpatient mental health services.

50 Charity Executives Selected As the Most Influential

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 07 August 2009 15:00.

The 2009 NPT Power & Influence Top 50MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. -- Service is the new black. It's so fashionable that those leading the national service movement have packed the catwalk of The 2009 NPT Power & Influence Top 50, the 12th annual listing of the nonprofit sector's most influential executives.