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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.

Black Male Initiative Must Address Structural Racism

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

JOHN HOLT

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.

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

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

John Travis Holt NAACP

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.

Statement of Voting Rights to UN Human Rights Committee

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

John Holt NAACP

(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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