Former vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI)

Sir Alister Mcintyre, Former UWI Vice-Chancellor Has Died at 87

By | News & Current Affairs

THE region is mourning one of its foremost academics and statesmen. Former vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Alister McIntyre, 87, passed away in Jamaica on Saturday. In an immediate response, vice-chancellor of the UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, said Sir Alister’s death was “shocking.” “Larger than life in his long sojourn, it is difficult to embrace the finality of this existential fragility. The people…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Don’t Mess with Max: Mnuchin Madness

By | Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Who does Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin think he is? Simmering in his putrid privilege, he seemed to think that he was in charge of the House Financial Services Committee. He was rude and rogue when he snapped back at Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the committee chair, because she checked him on his nonsense. The hapless Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, forgot his place and was publicly and unacceptably…

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Mueller Report Reveals Black Activists Targeted by Russians

By | News & Current Affairs

Mueller Report Reveals How Black Activists, White Tears and Racism Helped Trump Become President. By Michael Harriot, The Root — Hidden in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-public but heavily-redacted “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” is a trove of information concerning the plot to use black grassroots organizations to help Donald Trump become America’s 45th president. The report opens by recounting Russia’s initial intent, which was…

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Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, 

State Attorney Kim Foxx plans to expunge thousands of marijuana convictions

By | News & Current Affairs

Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, announced that her office is set to expunge thousands of misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the coming months. By Ny Magee, The Grio — Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, announced that her office is set to expunge thousands of misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the coming months. Foxx and her office are in talks with Code for America to identify minor marijuana cases in the…

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Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

By | Editors' Choice

In three decades of advocating for prison abolition, the activist and scholar has helped transform how people think about criminal justice. By Rachel Kushner, New York Times — There’s an anecdote that Ruth Wilson Gilmore likes to share about being at an environmental-justice conference in Fresno in 2003. People from all over California’s Central Valley had gathered to talk about the serious environmental hazards their communities faced, mostly as a…

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Pelosi Slams AOC: “A Glass of Water” With a “D” Could Win

By | News & Current Affairs

By Red Heartland — Nancy Pelosi burned newcomer Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) once again on Monday. This time in hopes of bursting AOC’s “special” ego, Pelosi dropped a condescending remark that a “glass of water” with a “D” next to it could win in AOC’s uber-liberal district. “When we won this election, it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s,” Pelosi said. For once, Pelosi has stumbled upon a political…

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Danny Glover's visits with Don Rojas at his Maryland Home. February 6, 2019

A Fundraising Tribute to Don Rojas with Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Danny Glover, Dr. Ben Chavis and others

By | Events, Press Releases / Statements

A Fundraising Tribute to Don Rojas with Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles as Guest Speaker, Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dr. Ben Chavis and Several other Prominent Public Figures to Present Solidarity Greetings. The event is Saturday, May 11 from 4 to 7 pm and open to the public at House of the Lord Church, which is located at 415 Atlantic Avenue and Bond St. (Take the A train to Hoyt/Schemerhorn).

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The Capitol stands in the background of this 1830 engraving.

When Slaveowners Got Reparations

By | Reparations

Lincoln signed a bill in 1862 that paid up to $300 for every enslaved person freed. By Tera W. Hunter, New York Times — On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill emancipating enslaved people in Washington, the end of a long struggle. But to ease slaveowners’ pain, the District of Columbia Emancipation Act paid those loyal to the Union up to $300 for every enslaved person freed. That’s right, slaveowners got…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Green New Deal and Socialism aside, Ocasio-Cortez Makes Us Re-Think Democracy

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Tim Libretti, PoliticusUSA  — We might as well crown Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the Don Draper of the beltway—because there’s no mistaking that she has fundamentally re-shaped political conversation in Washington, D.C., offering a cure to bicameral boredom and a fresh approach to problem-solving. Whatever your position, it is hard to argue that she has brought a new zest and energy to the legislative arena with her unapologetic embrace of…

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The ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is part of a large concentration of chemical and oil companies known as "Cancer Alley." A new report finds that the fossil fuel industry is denying the reality of air and water pollution, or even shifting the blame for this pollution to those disadvantaged communities who are suffering the impacts of the industry's projects.

NAACP Reveals Tactics Fossil Fuel Industry Uses to Manipulate Communities of Color

By | Editors' Choice

By Ben Jervey, DeSmogBlog — The fossil fuel industry regularly deploys manipulative and dishonest tactics when engaging with communities of color, often working to co-opt the respect and authority of minority-led groups to serve corporate goals. That is according to a new report, “Fossil Fueled Foolery,” published today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which outlines the top 10 manipulation tactics that the group’s members and…

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