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NC NAACP responds to NC House’s passage of “Historical Artifact and Patriotism Act”

SPECIAL TO THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL RALEIGH, NC - This week, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to pass the “Historical Artifact and Patriotism Act,” which makes it virtually impossible for local communities to move Confederate monuments. The measure, which came out of the House Homeland Security Committee, was fast-tracked to Gov. McCrory’s desk to be signed. The NC NAACP and Forward Together ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Child Watch, How to keep our Black boys alive

  BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police, and all live daily with the understanding it can happen to any of them at any time. Terrell Strayhorn is Director of the ...

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Release low-level, non-violent drug offenders

BY DR.  JULIANNE MALVEAUX Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne Johnson grew marijuana plants and was charged with intending to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. D ...

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How to reform the criminal justice system

BY GEORGE CURRY There is no question that the criminal justice system is broken. President Obama made that clear recently in his address to the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia. “The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners,” he said. “Think about that. Our incarceration rate is four times higher than China’s. We keep more people beh ...

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RAINBOW COALITION: Sorry is not enough

BY REV. JESSE JACKSON, SR. “That’s what strikes me. There but for the grace of God.” That was President Obama’s reaction when he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison, the medium-security El Reno Federal Correctional Institution near Oklahoma City. “These are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys ...

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BLACKONOMICS: The math and the “after-math” the confederate flag

BY JAMES CLINGMAN Now that the confederate flag has been taken down, complete with honor guard and pomp and circumstance, what are Black folks going to do now? Another question is, “What does the math of the aftermath look like?” Everything boils down to economics/business at some point, so let’s take a look at the past few weeks to see what has really taken place. After all the bluster, the tears, the rall ...

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NC ACTIVIST TAKES DOWN CONFEDERATE FLAG –

 For a short while last Saturday, the South Carolina Confederate battle flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse was taken down, and North Carolina activist Bree Newsome was the one who admittedly did it. The Raleigh native says after the Charleston Church Massacre, where the alleged white supremacist killer was seen waving the flag in pictures on his website, she felt she had to take down the symbol ...

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