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Black and Latino Wealth Plummets to Record Lows

By | Editors' Choice, News & Current Affairs

NAREB Report Shows Nation’s Economic Recovery Isn’t Shared Equally As part of the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) unveiled new and disturbing research on how communities of color are suffering a worsening racial economic disparity. The State of Housing in Black America reveals that while the private sector and financially secure consumers recover financial ground from the Great Recession, much…

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State of Emergency in Black Philadelphia

By | Events

A Local / National Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Additional Solutions to the Economic Underdevelopment, Mis-Education, Neglect, Drugs, Crime, Violence, Fraticide and Mass Incarceration in Distressed / Marginalized Black Neighborhoods

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Looking at Baltimore’s Surveillance Cameras

By | Editors' Choice, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

By John Duda

There are very legitimate reasons to be scared that the proliferation of video surveillance is rapidly encroaching on our rights to everyday privacy and anonymity on the streets of Baltimore. Spurred on by counter-terrorism paranoia, recent advances in camera technology and computerized image processing are bringing George Orwell’s dystopian nightmare of inescapable social control within reach of today’s bureaucrats.

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NY to Judge: Unseal Documents on ’71 Attica Riot

By | News & Current Affairs

By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press New York’s attorney general has asked a state judge to release sealed documents about the 1971 riot and retaking of Attica state prison in an effort to reveal the full history of the nation’s bloodiest prison rebellion and answer the questions of families whose loved ones died there. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the court in Wyoming County to open hundreds of detailed pages about…

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More than 1,000 Meet in Denver to Develop Drug War Exit Strategy As Poll Finds 58% of Americans Want Pot Legalized

By | News & Current Affairs, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

By Tony Newman Which state will be next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama administration’s recent announcements about marijuana legalization and mandatory minimums [3] really mean? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do blacks go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? What role…

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Urban Shield: ‘The Epitome of State Repression’ Coming to Town Near You

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Meeting of SWAT teams and military contractors from around the world faces local opposition in Oakland, CA By Sarah Lazare, A member of the Israeli Special Police Force participating in an ‘exercise’ at the 2010 Urban Shield in Alameda County (Photo: PoliceMag)SWAT teams, police forces, and military contractors from across the world will converge in Oakland, California this weekend—October 25-28—for a little-known ‘Urban Shield’ global training exercise and weapons technology…

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