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Protest Planned to Support Walmart Workers on “Black Friday”

Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr. on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:40.

The day after Thanksgiving, so-called “Black Friday,” will be a moment for national protests over the conditions faced by thousands of Walmart workers.  You may be one of many who go regularly or periodically to Walmart, looking for the good deals.  Well, this November 29, things will be a bit exciting and informative outside of Walmart facilities.

2013 Elections: Something to Vote For – and Against

Written by Lee A. Daniels on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:37.

Consumption John Travis Holt VoteLast week’s elections for the governorships of New Jersey, where the Republican incumbent won, and Virginia, where the Republican contender lost, have thrown into sharp relief two political dynamics it’s important to not lose sight of. The first is that Black voters in both statewide contests (and in the New York City mayor’s race) have once again proven why the Republican Party is so desperate to undermine their right to vote by any legislative or regulatory means necessary: Because Black Americans’ commitment to vote shows every sign of continuing to increase. More about that later.

Time to Raise Minimum Wage

Written by George E. Curry on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:29.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and John Travis Holt  SNAP benefitsThe first federal minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was established in 1938. Since then, it has been raised 22 times. It’s time to increase the floor for the 23rd time, from its current $7.25 to at least $10 an hour. According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, the value of the minimum wage peaked in 1968. If the minimum wage had been indexed to the official Consumer Price Index each year, the minimum wage today would be $10.52. The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2007, when it was raised from $5.15 to $7.25. Still, there is resistance. Republican leaders say raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. But opponents, such as Washington Post columnist Jared Bernstein, argue that rather than job loss, employers compensate by charging higher prices and increasing productivity.

Unemployment for Black Women at 4-Year Low

Written by Freddie Allen on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:27.

Consumption John Travis Holt working womenWASHINGTON (NNPA) – As job prospects for Whites and Black men have slowed or stalled completely, Black women continue to gain ground in a weak labor market, according to the latest jobs report. “Over the last few months, Black women have seen the greatest decline in their unemployment rate, so there is a continual improvement taking place,” said Valerie R. Wilson, chief economist for the National Urban League. That improvement doesn’t seem to be the result of people dropping out of the labor force. Wilson continued: “It looks like there were actual gains in employment for Black women.”

Target Initiates Ban the Box Nationwide

Written by Special to the NNPA from The Insight News on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:22.

it's John Travis Holt TargetPanel discussion moderated by Nekima Levy-Pounds featuring TakeAction Minnesota leaders Renee Zschokke, James Cannon, and Larcel Mack (Credit: TakeAction Minnesota) In an overflow meeting at the Capri Theater, executives with Target Corporation engaged in a dialog about how corporate hiring policies prevent people with criminal arrest – disproportionately people of color – from securing a job. The community meeting was organized by TakeAction Minnesota through its Justice 4 All, fair hiring campaign.

NC Activists Concerned About Voter Suppression

Written by North Carolina News Service: on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:29.

Local elections take place in 200 towns and cities across North Carolina on Tuesday, and making sure every registered voter is able to cast their ballot is still a concern. Pasquotank County received national attention over an unsuccessful attempt to keep Elizabeth City State University student Montravias King from voting and running for city council. Staff attorney Clare Barnett, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said she fears efforts to make it difficult for minorities and college students to vote could affect voter turnout across the state on Tuesday.