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August 1st, 2014
Written by Philip Marcelo in Common Ties That Bind, Race Relations with 0 Comments
Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus, center, speaks with people in the audience after addressing the crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Boston. Priebus says the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race.
The GOP goes after the black vote, competing with the Democratic Party. While the GOP hopes to see gains in the 2014 midterm elections, they are also focusing on the 2016 presidential race. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the...
July 29th, 2014
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President Barack Obama speaks to participants of the Presidential Summit for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014 during a town hall meeting. The President announced that the program will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The summit is the lead-up event to next week’s inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering any U.S. President has held with African heads of state.
An African leadership program has been named after Nelson Mandela. President Barack Obama welcomed the inaugural class of young African leaders to Washington Monday, drawing cheers as he announced their program is being expanded and renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela. The youngsters are participating in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, part of the...
July 22nd, 2014
Historically black colleges and universities have educated a huge percentage of black America. Today, HBCUs are facing unprecedented challenges.
The Koch brothers are connecting with black colleges. What does it really mean? America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. Enter a $25 million gift to the United Negro College Fund from the conservative Koch brothers, which has pitted the needs of black students against liberals' insistence that the Kochs are pursuing a racist...
July 17th, 2014
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Border Patrol agents who work at airports within 100 miles of the border are often in plain clothes and work closely with Transportation Security Administration agents to monitor people, even those who are flying within the country.
The U.S. Border Patrol has wide latitude at checkpoints along the border and at airports near those borders. The arrest of a prominent immigration activist and former journalist at a Texas airport was a reminder of the latitude that the U.S. Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was detained at the McAllen/Miller International Airport in south...
July 13th, 2014
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AFSCME President Lee Saunders said the actions of the college fund's president "are not only deeply hostile to the rights and dignity of public employees, but also a profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement." Photo Credit:
AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a powerful government workers' union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fund's president appeared at a Koch event. In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal...


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