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Lawmakers protect police at the expense of demonstrators

By News & Current Affairs

By J.S. Adams, Contributing Writer — Over the past 10 months, protesters fighting for racial equality have faced challenges from police departments and governments. Now, they face more challenges, as state and federal lawmakers introduce legislation aimed at cracking down on demonstrators. The majority of them, on the Republican front, say this is in direct response to violent riots the country witnessed following the death of George Floyd. Some have…

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H.R. 40 Reparations Judiciary Committee Vote Forum

By Events, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

On April 14, 2021, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send the H.R. 40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act to the floor of the House of Representatives. Leaders crafting the national strategy to pass H.R. 40 met to discuss the historic Judiciary Committee vote, what it means, and next actions in the effort to make H.R. 40 law. This online event was hosted in…

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Jesuits in US pledge $100M for racial reconciliation

By Reparations

By David Crary — The U.S.-based branch of the Jesuits has unveiled ambitious plans for a “truth and reconciliation” initiative in partnership with descendants of people once enslaved by the Roman Catholic order. The Jesuits pledge to raise $100 million within five years with a broader goal of reaching $1 billion from an array of donors in pursuit of racial justice and racial healing. Even the smaller amount represents the…

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Sister Search: Remembering my Howard University Roots During this Women’s History Month

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Nkechi Taifa — To say I was an “interesting” teenager is an understatement. Once upon a revolutionary time, I was a Black Power teen who lived in the once Chocolate City but went to an all-white, all girl high school. I hung out, however, with Black Panthers and brothers from the Nam, recited poetry, attended organizing meetings for the first U.S.-based African Liberation Day, and celebrated Kwanzaa. And upon my high…

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REPARATIONS, Not Only Possible … But INEVITABLE!

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Nkechi Taifa — WASHINGTON — If acknowledgement is the first step toward acceptance, reparations for Black people in America has taken a major step forward. The Feb. 17th House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Reparations is one case in point. Then you add the recent Harvard study from Harvard Medical School and the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice that shows, as Kamm Howard from the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) testified,…

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Personal statement of Nkechi Taifa on the granting of compassionate release to William Underwood

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Nkechi Taifa, Esq.— The godsend of the granting of compassionate release to William Underwood today is a matter of preparation and persistence meeting opportunity.  The blessing is the story of a family that never gave up.  Lawyers who were relentless.  The power of strange bedfellows.  And it is a story of the constant demand for justice. William Underwood is a devoted father of four, a grandfather and a former…

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Of Terror and Promise: On This MLK Day, There’s No Better Time to Call for Reparatory Justice!

By Editors' Choice

By Nkechi Taifa— The terror Blacks feel is in our bones. For me, it began when white storm clouds of terror hung over the home of Mose Wright late one August night in 1955, when white, armed terrorists demanded his great-nephew, 14-year-old Emmett Till, be handed over to them. I was scarcely eight months old. Young Emmett had made the mistake of being from Chicago and, not heeding “The Talk” his…

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Amy Coney Barrett: Handmaid or Heroine

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By Nkechi Taifa, Esq — We cannot understand the current moment without viewing it with a historical lens. After the death of Justice Thurgood Marshall, there was a gaping hole in the U.S. Supreme Court. The court lost a defender of justice, and African Americans and people of color lost a champion for civil rights. History seems destined to repeat itself: Just as conservative Clarence Thomas replaced civil rights icon…

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