Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protests
11/2/2017 10:35:43 PM

WASHINGTON—Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboy players who don't stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish football players or coaches for their protests after taking government money into the private business of professional football. The NFL is a private business—and the First Amendment only protects Americans from free speech abuses from the government. But legal experts differ on whether pro teams who play in publicly-funded stadiums or who accepted government money in exchange for...

Puerto Ricans suffer apocalyptic nightmare after hurricanes
11/2/2017 10:35:11 PM

By Barrington M. Salmon It’s been nearly a month since two, historic hurricanes savaged Puerto Rico, and despite the utter devastation left after the storms, the island’s 3.4 million residents are still waiting for substantive relief from the federal government. Help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been slowed, because of glaring lapses in coordination, a lack of guidance of medical and other personnel, as well as what critics and Puerto Rican officials have said was an almost total breakdown in distribution and supply chains. The result has been a...

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. calls for ‘full-scale’ boycott of BMW
11/2/2017 10:33:40 PM

By Freddie Allen Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., the founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, called for a “full-scale” boycott of BMW, the German automaker, for refusing to reply to the survey for the group’s annual diversity scorecard. Not only did BMW refuse to complete the survey, the German automaker also refused to meet with the civil rights leader. Jackson made the announcement, during a press conference at the 2017 Rainbow PUSH Coalition Global Automotive Summit. “The diversity scorecard was developed in 2012 to provide a snapshot of each...

Out of the shadows: Overt racism still flourishes in the American south
11/2/2017 10:31:31 PM

By Stacy M. Brown Race relations in the United States, especially in the South, are plagued by troubling examples of the challenges that face the nation, as Americans work toward achieving the dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of, more than 50 years ago. Forty-two percent of Americans said that they personally worry a “great deal” about race relations in the United States, up seven percentage points from 2016 and a record high in the Gallup’s 17-year trend, according to Gallup News. The Gallup poll marked the third straight year that worries about race...

Everyone knew Houston’s reservoirs would flood—except for the people who bought homes inside them
10/27/2017 1:39:50 AM

By Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune and Reveal, Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune, and Al Shaw, ProPublica, October 12, 2017 This story was co-published with The Texas Tribune. When Jeremy Boutor moved to a master-planned community in Houston’s booming energy corridor, he saw it as idyllic. Lakes on Eldridge boasted waterfalls, jogging trails and a clubhouse. It was upscale, secure and close to the office. A bus even picked up his two young sons in front of their house and took them to a nearby international school. “This neighborhood was a paradise,” said Boutor,...

Film Review: Marshall’s legacy prevails in must-see new film
10/27/2017 1:39:17 AM

By Dwight Brown Considering all of his major accomplishments, why hasn’t someone made a film about Thurgood Marshall’s life that was comprehensive? He was the lawyer who won the Brown v. Board of Education United States Supreme Court case, the founder of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a United States Solicitor General and the first African American Supreme Court associate justice. But that’s not what the father/son writing team of Connecticut lawyers Michael Koskoff and Jacob Koskoff had in mind when they wrote this slice of life script. It’s a tactic...

We need a values revolution in America Reclaiming our moral values and critiquing the so-called Values Voters Summit
10/27/2017 1:38:06 AM

By Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II On Friday, October 13, Donald Trump went before the annual Values Voter Summit hosted by the Family Research Council and declared America "a country that never forgets that we are made, all of us, by the very same God in heaven." In the name of Jesus, Trump vowed to "stop cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values," but the Values Voter Summit no more represents Jesus than did the church authorities that backed slavery. Ironically, Trump invoked the name of Jesus in virtually the same breath that he announced his executive order...

Eight honored with leadership awards
10/27/2017 1:37:07 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond and Federal Communications Commission Chair Mignon Clyburn were among eight honored with the National Newspaper Publishers Association 2017 National Leadership Awards. Curley M. Dossman Jr., the president of Georgia Pacific Foundation; William Hawthorne III of Macy’s; former education secretary John B. King Jr., CBC Foundation Chair and Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-Ill.), were also honored at the awards reception held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Tawanda...

Kaepernick files grievance against NFL, alleging collusion
10/27/2017 1:35:24 AM

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL on Sunday, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests during the national anthem. Kaepernick started a national conversation about political activism by athletes last season when he decided to sit, and then kneel, during the anthem to bring attention to mistreatment of African-Americans by police. Other players have continued the protests this season, prompting an angry response from President Donald Trump, who said players should be fired for not...

States ignore social competency for students in ESSA plans
10/27/2017 1:34:15 AM

By Lauren Poteat According to a recent report by Education Week, states have largely ignored a critical mandate of the Every Student Succeeds Act that calls for schools to measure the social and emotional competencies of their students. “Not a single state’s plan to comply with the federal education law—and its broader vision for judging school performance—calls for inclusion of such measures in its school accountability system,” according to Education Week. However, advocates for measuring social-emotional learning have said that the current tools need...