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My Mother Is Speechless: I Must Lift My Voice

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — The Malveaux family and about 200 guests celebrated my mom’s ninth decade on the planet on May 5, 2018. Her birthday was in February, but both logistics and quirkiness contributed to the selection of date. She wanted friends to come, and she didn’t want weather drama. As her birthday fell in Lent, she didn’t want a big celebration then. So we festively gathered to celebrate a…

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A group of Trump supporters display their "Women For Trump" and "Keep America Great" signs during the "Make America Great Again" rally held at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Race against time: How white fear of genetic annihilation fuels abortion bans

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Carla Bell, YES! Magazine — Last year, White people constituted 60% of the U.S. population, down from about 90% in 1950. It’s projected that by 2050, they will be the new minority and people of color will be the majority—a nightmarish prediction to some White people. Sen. Lindsey Graham voiced his concern of a demographic dilution at the 2012 Republican convention, when he said, “The demographics race we’re losing badly … not generating enough angry…

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Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg releases 18-page plan to help African Americans and “complement” HR40

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

WASHINGTON (NBC News) — Working to prove himself to African American voters, Pete Buttigieg is releasing an 18-page plan Thursday to improve conditions and opportunity for black Americans on everything from the health care, education and criminal justice systems to entrepreneurship and access to credit. The wide-ranging plan constitutes Buttigieg’s initial version of a proposal for reparations for slavery. His campaign says it views it as a “complement” to H.R. 40, legislation working…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Meharry’s Juul Grant Is Good News

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Should Meharry Medical College, a Historically Black College (HBCU) established in 1876 in Nashville, have accepted $7.5 million from Juul Labs, the controversial e-cigarette company that provides an alternative to smoking tobacco? Meharry says it will use the grant, the second-largest it has ever received, to study public health issues and African Americans, including the health effects of tobacco products. They will establish a Center…

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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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The text was approved by 535 MEPs in a vote at the European parliament on Tuesday.

MEPs pass ‘watershed’ resolution calling for action against racism

By News & Current Affairs

Text calls on member states to tackle discrimination against people of African descent. By Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian — The European parliament has called for action to tackle the “structural racism” facing millions of Europeans of African descent in an unprecedented resolution that was overwhelmingly approved by MEPs. The resolution calls on European Union member states to develop national anti-racism strategies to deal with discrimination in education, health, housing, policing, the justice…

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Minority Cannabis Business Association

MCBA Releases Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance for Nationwide Adoption

By Editors' Choice

Portland OR, March 11th – Members of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) unveiled their latest model policy recommendation to lawmakers and cannabis regulators, this time releasing a Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance to be adopted by local governments throughout the country. The Model Ordinance was drafted by a team of attorneys and drug policy reform advocates from MCBA, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Let’s Clamp Down on Tobacco and Vaping Product Access for Young People

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Nearly half a million people die every year from complications from smoking. About a tenth of them never put a cigarette to their lips – they die from exposure to second-hand smoke. Death from tobacco is, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of preventable death. But too many people, enticed by advertising, think that smoking is so “cool” that they embrace it….

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a press conference to announce Green New Deal legislation to promote clean energy programs outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., February 7, 2019.

The Green New Deal Must Transform the Economy

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ryan Gunderson & Diana Stuart, Truthout — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey introduced the Green New Deal on February 7, a resolution that deserves praise for putting forth the boldest climate change proposal in U.S. history. Considering two recent projections of catastrophic climate change — namely scientists’ warning of a runaway “hothouse Earth” scenario and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report detailing the impacts of a 1.5 degree Celsius (1.5°C) rise in global temperatures…

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Reparations for Black People Should Include Rest

Reparations for Black People Should Include Rest

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Illustration by azzeazy Just as sleep deprivation was used as a means to control slaves, the modern-day “sleep gap” weighs down many Black people today. By Janine Francois, Broadly — What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore…” asks Langston Hughes in the haunting lines of his poem, “Harlem.” Written nearly 70 years ago, Hughes’ words remain…

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