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From Katrina to Coronavirus What Have We Learned?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Leon McDougle, MD, MPH — As I view the reaction to the novel coronavirus unfold in the United States, I’m reminded of lessons learned during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and how the failure of infrastructure (levees) resulted in more harm to the public than the initial damage caused by landfall of the hurricane. Let’s fast forward to 2019, just as the national weather service tracked the impending strike of…

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The SDPC Mourns the Loss of a Great Leader

By Editors' Choice

Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, October 6, 1921 – March 27, 2020. Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc. General Secretary, the Rev. Dr. Iva Carruthers, the Board of Trustees and the entire SDPC network of congregations across the nation mourn the loss of the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a soldier for justice, human and civil rights. Rev. Lowery, who received Samuel DeWitt Proctor’s “Beautiful Are Their Feet” award in 2015, transitioned from…

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., left, meets with the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, center, and the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker at First African Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention on Sept. 25, 1963.

Remembering the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement”

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ellen McGirt — All movements have moments. When it comes to voting rights, Reverend Joseph Echols Lowery was there for most of them. The man who was known as the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement” died peacefully at home last Friday. He was 98. Lowery was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with the Rev. Martin Luther King, and a co-creator of the bus boycott that…

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Black Family Summit Launches Emergency Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

By Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

Organizations to Address Myths and Disinformation, Highlight Racial Disparities   New York — Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) announced today that the Black Family Summit, which the organization convenes, has launched a multifaceted emergency Initiative to address the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on African Americans and people of African descent in the U.S.  Convened by Leonard Dunston, President Emeritus of…

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Phenomenal Black Woman: The Essence of Susan L. Taylor on Vantage Point with Dr. Ron Daniels

The Essence of Susan L. Taylor: Phenomenal Black Woman – Vantage Point with Dr. Ron Daniels

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio March 30, 2020 — On this Phenomenal Woman: Women’s History Month special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Susan L. Taylor and guest Yusef Muhammad. Topics The Essence of Susan Taylor: Phenomenal Black Woman Coronavirus Alerts and Preparedness Guests Susan L. Taylor, Former Editorial Director, Essence Magazine, Founder/CEO, National CARES Mentoring, New York, NY Yusef Muhammad, Former President,…

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An order was signed late Sunday authorizing the release of offenders serving certain types of sentences in county jails.

1,000 inmates will be released from N.J. jails to curb Coronavirus risk

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

No other state is thought to have taken such sweeping action to reduce its jail population in response to the pandemic. By Tracey Tully, NYT — New Jersey will release as many as 1,000 people from its jails in what is believed to be the nation’s broadest effort to address the risks of the highly contagious coronavirus spreading among the incarcerated. New Jersey’s chief justice, Stuart Rabner, signed an order late Sunday authorizing the…

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Medicare for All Black Voices

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Dr. Emilee Bargoma and Greg Akili — There have been several attempts over the past 80 years to provide healthcare coverage in the US, because while it spends more on healthcare than any industrialized country, 44 million are under-insured and 30 million are uninsured. These populations cannot afford the high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs in their plans. The closest Americans have come to universal healthcare has been the Affordable…

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National Guard during the 1919 Chicago Race Riots.

Plots Against America?: Jim Crow was Homegrown Fascism

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Guy Lancaster, HNN — Note: this essay quotes a sign attached to the body of a man lynched in 1919, which uses a racial slur. HBO’s recent release of a prestige adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2004 novel The Plot Against America makes it worthwhile to examine whether fascism is really so alien to the United States as many wish to believe. In Roth’s novel, a Jewish extended family in Newark experiences fascism’s arrival…

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Cuban doctors prepare to leave for Italy to provide medical aid.

Cuba’s Coronavirus Response Is Putting Other Countries to Shame

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Editors' Choice

Cuba is caricatured by the Right as a totalitarian hellhole. But its response to the coronavirus pandemic — from sending doctors to other countries to pioneering anti-viral treatments to converting factories into mask-making machines — is putting other countries, even rich countries, to shame. By Ben Burgis, Jacobin — Last week, the MS Braemar, a transatlantic cruise ship carrying 682 passengers from the United Kingdom, found itself momentarily stranded. Five of…

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By Dr. Valda Crowder, M.D., MBA

Neighborhoods with ‘Medical Deserts’ Have Emergency Needs During COVID Pandemic

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Dr. Valda Crowder, M.D., MBA — A zip code has become a life or death matter. Families that live more than an hour from a hospital may face a death sentence based on their address. A long ambulance ride increases the risk of death. Patients with respiratory emergencies, like the ones caused by coronavirus, are particularly vulnerable. According to the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, over 1,000 hospitals in our country have…

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