HUD/Dubuque, Iowa settle discrimination case

The agreement is the result of a review HUD conducted in June 2011, which found that Dubuque imposed policies that discriminated against housing choice voucher applicants based on their race. Specifically, the review found that, in response to racial tensions ...

SOTU promises 'year of action'; but did speech say enough?

Finally. That was the general sentiment expressed by Black economic activists in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOU) speech this week – a speech that surpassed previous SOUs in dealing with economic woes that disparately affect ...

Greening the Hood: Is clean energy reaching poor communities?

For Adama Mosley, a resident of the West Oakland neighborhood known as “Ghosttown,” having solar panels installed on her home was “a dream come true.” Mosely had long been concerned about pollution from freeways and nearby brownfields (contaminated former industrial ...

NAACP testifies at Senate Committee hearing on “Stand Your Ground” laws

“The NAACP is staunchly opposed to “Stand Your Ground” laws,” said Hilary O. Shelton in his testimony. “They are applied in a racially biased manner, and the bottom line is, as we saw in Sanford, FL, that they make it ...

Single mom: Son born out of wedlock snubbed by church

"I told them I was not married and that's where everything just broke loose."

Mother of Navy Yard gunman: 'My heart is broken'

The mother of the man apparently responsible for killing 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard said that her "heart is broken" in an apology released Wednesday.

Child poverty remains at record high levels

WASHINGTON - U.S. Census Bureau data released today reveals that there were 46.5 million poor people in America in 2012, including 16.1 million children. The number is essentially unchanged from 2011.

NCBM fires executive director, Vanessa Williams

The board of directors of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) voted this week to terminate the employment of its executive director, Vanessa Williams. In a letter, Williams was notified she was terminated effective immediately.

Advocates applaud ruling declaring stop and frisk unconstitutional

With her Monday ruling that New York City’s infamous “stop-and-frisk” policing tactic is unconstitutional, a federal judge may have forever changed how America’s largest police force treats people of color.

Vance-Cooks is first black and first woman to lead GPO

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Davita Vance-Cooks as Public Printer.

Securing the vote for all Americans

President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez this week met with civil rights leaders, and state and local elected officials at the White House to discuss how to safeguard every eligible American’s right to ...

"The sequester is stupidity on steroids"

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) on July 23 chaired a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the impact of sequester spending cuts on national security and the U.S. economy. Warner, who describes sequestration as “stupidity on steroids,” sought to highlight ...

Clyburn to lead House drive to revise Voting Rights Act

TEWire - House Democrats have tapped Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), to lead their efforts to revise the Voting Rights Act, after the Supreme Court gutted the law’s Section 4.

The Game of Change Comes to the White House

On March 15, 1963, the Ramblers played Mississippi State in a regional semifinal game known as the Game of Change.

Deen dropped by Smithfield

The Virgina-based company said it was dropping Deen as a spokeswoman.