(Washington, DC)-- The NAACP commends Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder for speaking out against laws prohibiting people with felony convictions from voting even after they have served the terms of their sentences. The NAACP has been actively engaged in campaigns in Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Delaware and other states to bring the practice to an end. "By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes," Holder said at a Washington, DC, symposium on sentencing laws. Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky are the only states that continue to disenfranchise persons convicted of felonies even after they have completed all of the terms of their sentences. There are an estimated 1.5 million disenfranchised citizens in Florida alone.
Civil Rights Group Responds to Lesser Convictions and Hung Jury in Michael Dunn Trial for Murder of Unarmed Florida Teen
February is African American History Month, and New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) has already begun to celebrate with events that are educational, inspirational and fun. Throughout the district, schools are incorporating African American studies into classroom curricula highlighting the important ways African Americans have impacted our nation's history. To celebrate African American History Month, the following events are planned:
Raleigh, NC—The Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials held elections for its executive committee on December 3, 2013. Swearing-in of the newly elected officers was scheduled 9 a.m. February 1, 2014 at the League of Municipalities Albert Coates Local Government Center 215 N. Dawson Street in downtown Raleigh. The ceremony was performed by Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In last week’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama declared, “…Our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams.” The operative word was “should.” A recent study by a team of Harvard University and University of California-Berkeley researchers and others confirm that the birth lottery still rules the day. The report states, “Contrary to popular perception, economic mobility has not changed significantly over time; however, it is consistently lower in the U.S. than in most developed countries. It also said two studies found, “Upward income mobility varies substantially within the U.S. Areas with greater mobility tend to have five characteristics: less segregation, less income inequality, better schools, greater social capital, and more stable families.”
More good news keeps coming for consumers in early 2014. On the heels of new mortgage rules that took effect on January 10, the following week four banks making payday loans pulled their products from the market. Announcing a halt to their triple-digit interest rates were Wells Fargo, Regions, Fifth Third and US Bank. Together, these lenders have combined assets of $2.1 trillion, serving customers through 30,000 branches and more than 21,500 ATMs across the country.