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As appeared first on the Chicago Defender By Kelly Washington Following weeks of protest against police brutality and racism, The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 was introduced on Monday by top Democratic lawmakers- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Black senators Kamala Harris (CA) and Cory Booker (NJ), Representative Jerry Nadler (NY) who heads the Judiciary Committee in the House, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. It comes as Minneapolis lawmakers vowed to disband the city’s police force after the death of George Floyd,

As appeared first in Atlanta Daily World What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the Year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.-Frederick Douglass July 4th or Independence Day is a federal holiday set aside to observe the signing of the Declaration of Independence, giving birth to what we know as the United States of America as an independent nation. It is commemorated with fireworks, family gatherings, and

As appeared first in New Pittsburgh Courier by Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) – A recent NAACP “Black Media Speaks” forum plummeted into a conversation in which the future of hard-copy Black-owned newspapers was all but pronounced dead. To the shock of some of the members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), A federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers, there was not one Black newspaper journalist or publisher on the panel. “In 2020, for there to be a virtual panel on Black Media and not invite or involve the

As appeared first in New Pittsburgh Courier by Dr. Quintin Bullock History will surely recall the first year of this decade as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year when large portions of our economy stopped, when institutions that defined our everyday lives – from schools to grocery stores, from offices to playgrounds – changed. Economists will undoubtedly look back and see the business cycle at work, characterized in the broadest sense as recession followed by recovery, unemployment followed by opportunity. But there are communities within our society that

As appeared first in the Michigan Chronicle To my fellow CEOs, My heart truly aches because of the recent senseless killing of Mr. George Floyd and the long legacy of systemic racism that has caused the deaths of countless numbers of Black people and continues to contribute to the generational trauma of so many others. As CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services, a Black- and woman-owned company committed to changing lives through energy efficiency, I wanted to speak to CEOs, who like me, lead companies of 100 team members or more. Our

Angela Stanton-King has overcome being separated from her newborn daughter after giving birth in prison and re-entering society without a job or income. Now she has a new set of challenges as a black Republican running in an urban Democratic stronghold. The 53-year-old hopes to unseat the popular civil rights icon John Lewis, 80, who has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District since 1986. The seat was also held by former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young in the 1970s, and has only been in Republican hands three times since the

As appeared first on Atlanta Daily World (Black PR Wire) Los Angeles, CA – OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in the country, is proud to support #BlackOutDay2020, a national financial movement happening on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The movement recognizes the need for economic solidarity and requests that not one Black person in America spend a dollar outside of Black-owned businesses on July 7th. In 2016, the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack Movement began with a simple text and call to action from Killer Mike to Black America to move its money to

By Kelly Washington As appeared first in the Chicago Defender Taking photographs, video, and audio in public spaces is our constitutional right. This even extends to law enforcement performing their duties in public. It is an accountability tool for civil servants, such as law enforcement, who abuse their power. We know that because of our fallible legal system, video proof does not mean justice; however,  it still provides the public evidence of excessive force, unprofessionalism, unconstitutional actions, and in the worst-case scenario, murder hands of a few police officers.

As appeared first on Atlanta Daily World The importance of clinical research is widely recognized and while many decide to participate in clinical trials, there is a lack of representation of individuals from underserved communities. In 2019 alone, 46,391 individuals participated in clinical trials that resulted in the approval of 48 new drugs, yet a limited number of study volunteers identified as black/African American, Asian, and/or Hispanic. Current efforts to address this lack of representation include a guidance document released by the FDA encouraging pharmaceutical companies to broaden their

As appeared first in The Chicago Defender By Kelly Washington #Black Lives Matter! This phrase is resonating from every mountaintop to Hennepin County in Minneapolis, to every country from the Americas to Europe. Unfortunately, it is because we are juggling so many hashtags at this tumultuous time in our country. #AhmadAubrey #GeorgeFloyd #TonyMcDade and somewhere in there lies a hashtag for Breyonna Taylor. Breyonna Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT shot to death in her apartment by the Louisville Metro Police. The judge issued the police officers a no-knock warrant,