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Black Colleges Key to Reviving U.S. Education

Black Colleges Key to Reviving U.S. Education By Stan Washington Special to the NNPA from The Atlanta Voice ATLANTA – If the United States is going to regain its global leadership position in higher education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will need to play a major role, says a White House official on education. Just how the nation’s predominately Black institutions will participate in that objective was the main topic at a recent Southern Education Fund conference of HBCU presidents, held in Atlanta. HBCUs are a critical component in President Obama’s national education initiative to restore the U.S. to its former ranking as the world’s leader in higher education, said John S. Wilson, … Read entire article »

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Who Will Care for You?

  Needs for Nurses, Instructors Intensifies By Jessica Williams-Gibson Special to the NNPA from The Indianapolis RecorderIndianapolis Recorder Nurses are one of the most crucial caregivers, once a person enters into the health care system. They perform needs that range from helping a person get dressed to assisting physicians during surgery. Nurses are on the front lines of the health care industry. As baby boomers age and as the need for health care escalates, so does the need for nurses. “It could be catastrophic if we don’t increase our pipeline and make sure we’re meeting the needs of our health care system,” said Lydia Ostermeier, director of IU Health Nurse Recruitment. The Department of Labor estimates that by 2020 more than 500,000 nurses will be needed to fill the … Read entire article »

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NNPA 2011 Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood” with “Shaft” As Emcee

NNPA 2011 Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood” with “Shaft” As Emcee

Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood”with “Shaft” as Emcee By Geneva Topps Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Crusader There was an air of “Hollywood” in Chicago when the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPAF) held its annual “Merit Awards” gala at the National Newspaper Publishers Association convention. Held at the historic Parkway Ballroom guests at the gala walked the red carpet into the beautifully appointed grand … Read entire article »

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Black Newspaper Publishers Conference Brings Out Black Leaders

Black Newspaper Publishers Conference Brings Out Black Leaders

NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell Sr. Passes Mantle of Leadership to Arizona’s Cloves Campbell Jr. By Jasmyne A. Cannick NNPA National Correspondent CHICAGO, IL – Led by Chairman and Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell Sr., over 200 Black newspaper publishers from all over the country gathered at Chicago’s legendary Drake Hotel for several days of robust conversations on the future … Read entire article »

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California Legislature Asks Governor Brown to Sign Swanson’s Landmark Child Exploitation Law

California Legislature Asks Governor Brown to Sign Swanson’s Landmark Child Exploitation Law

Unanimous and Bipartisan Support in the Assembly and Senate Propel the ACCESS Act to the Governor’s Desk Today (Sacramento, CA) – In an unusual display of bipartisanship, a bill to fight the commercial sexual exploitation of children passed the Senate today with unanimous support and now moves to the Governor’s desk for approval. AB 12, the Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act (the ACCESS Act), would increase the fine … Read entire article »

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ALAMEDA COUNTY RESPONDS TO STATE BUDGET PLAN

ALAMEDA COUNTY RESPONDS TO STATE BUDGET PLAN

ALAMEDA COUNTY RESPONDS TO STATE BUDGET PLAN Alameda County officials said Wednesday they are deeply concerned about the State budget plan passed by the Legislature, particularly about a strategy to shift more responsibility to counties for housing inmates and providing other services – even though funding to accomplish these changes is far from certain. County officials also say that additional … Read entire article »

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Redistricting Black Political Survival

Redistricting Black Political Survival

Ask the average person about redistricting and the response, most likely, would be a perplexed stare. Yet, redistricting is one of the fundamental “deciders” of who gets to represent the community (district) in the Congress (House of Representatives only); the state Senate, the state Assembly and the state Board of Equalization. (The county and the city officials draw their own district lines). It is important to understand the rationale behind the state mandated redistricting … Read entire article »

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How California Tea Partiers Hijacked Redistricting Reform

How California Tea Partiers Hijacked Redistricting Reform

SAN FRANCISCO—Few ordinary Californians have been more intensely interested in the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission than Berkeley-based Tea Party activist David Salaverry. Back in March, he realized that the fledgling panel, with its 14 citizen members drawing political districts instead of politicians and its commitment to openness and transparency instead of behind-the-scenes deal-making, offered a golden opportunity for conservative Californians to influence the redistricting process at a time when their political clout was waning … Read entire article »

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Supreme Court Ruling another Blow on Women’s Right to Fair Pay and Treatment on the Job

Supreme Court Ruling another Blow on Women’s Right to Fair Pay and Treatment on the Job

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement on today’s United States Supreme Court decision that invalidated a class-action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart by women from across the country alleging years of discrimination in pay and promotions. “Today’s ruling from the right wing Roberts court is another blow to a woman’s right to fair pay and fair treatment on the job. There is no place in … Read entire article »

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Richmond council divided over proposed Congressional redistricting

Richmond council divided over proposed Congressional redistricting

By: Robert Rogers, Richmond Confidential By August, Richmond may have a new representative in Congress – and the city’s leaders are divided over whether that’s a step in the right direction. Democrat George Miller has been Richmond’s Congressman for more than three decades, but that run could effectively be over this fall. A state commission created to redraw state and federal district boundaries has proposed moving Richmond out Miller’s 7th District and into Democrat … Read entire article »

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