Protesters Flood California Cities to Fight Trump Immigration Policy
7/3/2018 8:17:10 PM

By Ellen Knickmeyer   WASHINGTON—They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: “No more children in cages,” and “What's next? Concentration Camps?” In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Protesters flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like...

Black Clergy Jailed and Shackled for Supreme Court Prayer Protest
6/28/2018 9:25:33 AM

By Julianne Malveaux   Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William Barber, Vashti McKenzie, Barbara Williams Skinner and many others) to articulate the justness of our cause and to mobilize us to work for the justice that is called for in the New Testament, especially in Matthew 25: 35-45. Our ministers are revered leaders who...

Putting America First (Again)
6/28/2018 9:07:09 AM

By Kevin Brooks   Everybody’s talking about putting America first lately. And like every other hot-button issue of the day, everybody has an opinion about it. You’re either for it or against it; it’s great or it’s terrible; it’s a xenophobic dog-whistle or just plain, simple common sense. Depending on the color and opacity of your bubble. The News used to be 22 daily minutes of FCC-mandated airtime that Dad drowsed to as he dove into his first six-pack after work. Today it’s a 24/7 all-access entertainment industry; sponsored,...

Developer Sells Property, Later Discovers Emmett Till Lived There
6/27/2018 5:48:29 PM

By Erick Johnson It looks like an ordinary building on the South Side, but its occupants were not. For 121 years, the two-story structure has stood in Chicago’s predominately Black Woodlawn neighborhood. An unassuming edifice built with Chicago’s muscular red brick, it’s a piece of Black history that was recently sold before the owner found out that Mamie Till-Mobley and her son, Emmet Till, once lived there. Emmett was a 14-year-old boy whose brutal murder drew global attention and helped spark the Civil Rights Movement. The building was the last Chicago home...

Birthplace of Singer, Activist Nina Simone to be Preserved
6/27/2018 5:46:48 PM

The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use for the house in Tryon where Simone was born in 1933. Last year, four African-American artists purchased the home. National Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Meeks says the trust will work with the home's new owners and the community to honor Simone's contributions to society and to...

California Advances Biggest U.S. Change to Police Use of Force
6/27/2018 5:43:26 PM

By Sophia Bollag and Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO—California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country. It's time to change a “reasonable force” standard that hasn't been updated in California since 1872, making it the nation's oldest unchanged use-of-force law, said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat who introduced the...

Chaos on the Border Inflames GOP's Split with Latinos
6/27/2018 5:14:00 PM

By Thomas Beaumont and Bill Barrow   When more than 1,000 Latino officials—a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic—gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them. It marked the first time a presidential administration skipped the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in at least 24 years. But the absence was striking for another reason. As jarring images of severed Central American migrant families played out on television, the White House chose not...

New Lawsuit filed to block Obama Presidential Center in Chicago
6/14/2018 11:38:50 AM

Days before the Chicago Plan Commission approved plans for the Obama Presidential Center, a federal lawsuit was filed to block the proposed $500 million facility that will be built in Jackson Park.   The 500-acre park is located in Chicago’s predominately Black Woodlawn and South Shore neighborhoods, where former First Lady Michelle Obama, rapper Kanye West and some of the nation’s most prominent Blacks once lived. On Thursday, May 17, the Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved the blueprints for the Obama Presidential Center, despite emotional appeals...

Records: DNA from Tissue Led to Golden State Killer Arrest
6/11/2018 1:44:58 PM

By Kathleen Royayne   SACRAMENTO—DNA from a tissue left in a trash can led authorities in April to arrest a former police officer suspected of being California's notorious, elusive Golden State Killer, according to warrants released last week. Documents released by a judge at the request of news outlets detail the case Sacramento County sheriff's investigators pieced together to obtain arrest and search warrants for 72-year-old Joseph DeAngelo, who is facing murder charges in multiple counties. DeAngelo is suspected of committing at least a dozen killings...

Report: 110 Confederate Monuments Removed in U.S. Since 2015
6/11/2018 1:44:10 PM

By Jay Reeves   BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—It took generations to erect all the nation's Confederate monuments, and a new report shows they're being removed at a pace of about three each month. The study—released Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center—shows that 110 Confederate monuments have been removed nationwide since 2015, when a shooting at a Black church in South Carolina energized a movement against such memorials. The number—which includes schools and roads that have been renamed in California, a repurposed Confederate holiday in...