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NAACP Commends Concluding Observations from UN Human Rights Committee

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:25.

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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.

Jordan Davis Worried that He Wouldn’t ‘Make it’ in Life

Written by Freddie Allen, Washington Correspondent on Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:02.

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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.’”

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.

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?”

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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