Take Back America? (Race) Poverty and Policy

by Andre Banks on June 19 2007, 8:03AM

Rinku Sen, the publisher of ColorLines, is on this plenary “Poverty and Politics: Katrina’s Clarion Call”. In the planning stage, this session was called “Race, Poverty and Policy” which was abandoned for the coded “Katrina”. “Progressives”, can we not even…

Topics: Katrina, Politics

Why a 5-Year Ban on Immigrant Health?

by Malena Amusa on June 18 2007, 10:33AM

Michael Moore isn’t the only one putting America’s faulty health-care/insurance system on blast this month. A report published last week shows that many, many immigrant families with green cards and who are working, are still ineligible for Medicaid. That is…

Topics: Politics

Emmitt Till Law Moves in House

by Guest Columnist on June 15 2007, 11:16AM

by Brian Beutler for the Media Consortium In 1955, Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old black kid from Chicago, was savagely murdered by two white men who dumped his body into the Mississippi Delta. The crime was reprehensible and the suspects clearly…

Topics: Politics

Gonzales Protects Religious Right, Not Racial Justice

by Andre Banks on June 14 2007, 8:12AM

As if Alberto Gonzales hasn’t done enough to discredit the Justice Department and reveal the disgraceful, neo-con driven decline of the Constitution….The NYTimes reported today on the stark changes in the civil rights division at the Dept. of Justice during…

Topics: Politics

Rep. Jefferson Indicted, Fox Footage Shows…Conyers?!

by Andre Banks on June 5 2007, 8:29AM

tnews is out: Black Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson has been indicted today on 16 counts of public corruption for decades of bribery and shady business dealings in Africa. With an attorney general under serious fire for his own misdeeds, the…

Topics: Media, Politics

A street named Sonny

by Malena Amusa on June 4 2007, 9:41AM

Keith Boykin talks about a community’s struggle to have a New York street named after a controversial Black activist, Sonny Carson. Check out this good read: For several years now, I have lived in Harlem near Malcolm X Boulevard, also…

Topics: Politics

Barack Offers Plan for “Universal” Health Care

by Andre Banks on May 31 2007, 1:59PM

In a rare moment of reporting actual news, recently covered the public intro of Barack’s “universal” health care plan. Here are the details:Obama’s plan retains the private insurance system but injects additional money to pay for expanding coverage. Those…

Topics: Politics

The Cost of Greening NYCity

by Guest Columnist on May 30 2007, 10:23AM

by Mafruza Khan (NYC Mayor Michael Boomberg) PlaNYC is an ambitious plan New York Mayor Michael Bloomblerg announced last month to make our air, water, energy, land, and transport more environmentally friendly. While everybody loves Bloomberg, his mayoral acumen and…

Topics: Politics

Supreme Court? Supreme Problem

by Tammy Johnson on April 26 2007, 12:18PM

When I was a community organizer in Milwaukee, crafting the campaign plan was straightforward. Do the groundwork of going door-to-door, to churches and community events to educate people on the issue. Then mobilize them to move our target —testifying at…

Topics: Immigration, News Items, Politics, Schools & Youth

Apologies Stand in Place of Remedies

by Terry Keleher on April 25 2007, 2:05PM

The Alabama House and Senate approved resolutions apologizing for slavery on Tuesday, following similar moves by legislatures in North Carolina earlier this month and Virginia in February. The day before, the state celebrated its official Confederate Memorial Day. Hmmm….

Topics: Politics

Trouble with Hospitals and their Poor

by Guest Columnist on February 27 2007, 2:34PM

The other day one of my friends told me that he was thinking about incorporating his business as a non-profit to avoid paying taxes. The scary thing is, hospitals have been doing this for years—but at the cost of poor…

Topics: Politics

Rich Country, Poor Healthcare

by Kai Wright on October 11 2006, 5:04PM

by Kai Wright They say money can’t buy happiness, but apparently it can’t buy America quality healthcare either. Two new studies add to a building mound of evidence that our wildly expensive, market-based healthcare system is deathly ill. The U.S….

Topics: Politics

A Double Dose of Outrage.

by Andre Banks on August 29 2006, 9:00AM

Check out this gem of a post from Daily Kos (via Crooks & Liars) about the near unbelievable torrent of racist remarks (many from elected officials) across the last few weeks. The racism isn’t a huge surprise, but the…

Topics: Politics

Explosive Growth in Communities of Color

by Andre Banks on August 23 2006, 11:00AM

This week, the press has been focused on the new immigration numbers coming out of the Census Bureau's mid-decade update. But they've ignored the other racial news beyond immigration embedded in that data. The a Applied Research Center analyzed the…

Topics: Politics