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The Confederacy’s ‘heritage’ of slavery

BY GEORGE CURRY The disclosure that Dylann Roof, the admitted killer of nine unarmed African Americans attending Bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church June 17 in Charleston, S.C., was photographed dozens of times holstering the rebel flag ignited a long overdue discussion on what that flag represents and prompted the removal of the flag from the state Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C. after more than 50 year ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Tear down the walls of economic inequality

BY DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX After a spirited debate, the South Carolina House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds at the urging of Gov. Nikki Haley, who quickly signed the measure into law. The flag was lowered for the final time on Capitol grounds Friday morning. Many South Carolinians hailed its ceremonious removal as a “new day” for their state as we ...

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Dream of home ownership a nightmare for Blacks

BY HARRY ALFORD Without argument the sub-prime mortgage crisis was the most devastating economic attack against Black America in history. We saw it coming, but did nothing about it. Mainstream banks such as Wells Fargo showed no shame in fleecing Black communities. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (two government sponsored enterprises) strayed way off their charters and soaked up severe amounts of risk. It began ...

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NAACP Ends Boycott of South Carolina

July 12, 2015  (PHILADELPHIA, PA) – Today, at the NAACP 106th National Convention, the National Board of Directors voted to end the 15 year economic boycott of South Carolina. The NAACP is looking forward to the membership body of delegates casting an affirmative vote for this emergency resolution, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  You may read the emergency resolution here. In light of these developments, the NAACP ...

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After First Day of Historic Voting Rights Trial, Over Six Thousand March Through Winston-Salem for Mass Moral Monday

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Thousands of people from across North Carolina and the country descended on Winston-Salem tonight to march for the full restoration of voting rights in the state that is home to what has been described as the worst voter suppression law in the country. The march began in Corpening Plaza at 5:15, shortly after the close of the first day of trial. The marchers then met NC NAACP President R ...

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STATE BRIEFS, JULY 2, 2015

STATE LAWMAKERS EXTEND BUDGET EMPASSE 45 DAYS [RALEIGH] With both houses of the NC General Assembly at loggerheads over a compromise budget, the state House and Senate agreed to a 45-day extension just before the July 1st deadline, allowing for conferees to hash out details for a 2015-16 spending plan. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the continuing resolution to extend the period into law, allowing state government ...

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“Thank God for peanut butter and jelly” by Marian Wright Edelman

In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time—and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP including 1.3 million households with children—relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice. ...

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Normalizing relations with Castro by Bill Fletcher

    I was standing in Jacksonville, Fla. airport awaiting a flight home when I looked up at the television at the gate. CNN was repeating the story that President Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro were to have a one-on-one discussion and were also to speak to the press. This was a sight that, until a few months ago, I had never expected. The change in U.S./Cuba relations has been a long time ...

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Proof that the Supreme Court got it wrong in Shelby By George Curry

  When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting the severity of voting violations in jurisdictions covered by the act. As a popular GEICO commercial says, now we know. We now know because of extensive research conducted by William R. Kenan, Jr. ...

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