How the Gun Control Debate Ignores Black Lives

On a drizzly afternoon in January 2013, almost a month after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 first-graders dead, more than a dozen religious leaders assembled in Washington, D.C. They had been invited by the Obama administration to talk about what the country should do to address gun violence. Vice President Joe… Read More »

NC NAACP Seeks Preliminary Injunction to Halt Photo ID Requirement before Midterm Elections

The legal team representing the North Carolina NAACP and individual plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of a restrictive photo ID requirement prior to the upcoming March primary elections. While other provisions of North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law, H.B. 589, were brought to trial in July, the photo… Read More »

National Minority Quality Forum Releases Report on Expanding Health and Dental Care Access through Innovation

Today, the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) released a white paper entitled “Quality Care Should be Accessible for All: Expanding Access through Innovation and Employing Mid-level Providers in the Medical and Dental Fields.” The paper focuses on the broad problem of poor oral health, especially within low-income and minority communities in the United States, and… Read More »

Kentucky Governor Issues Executive Action, Restoring Voting Rights

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s executive action today will automatically restore voting rightsto an estimated 100,000 persons with nonviolent felony convictions who have completed their sentences. Kentucky is one of only four states, along with Iowa, Florida, and Virginia, which disenfranchise all persons with felony convictions even after completion of sentence. Voting rights in these states… Read More »

How racism explains Republicans’ rise in the South

Even if candidates don’t talk about it, race will be among the most important factors in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The Democratic Party has the support of 56 percent of Latinos, 65 percent of Asian Americans and 80 percent of the black population, according to the Pew Research Center. The share that… Read More »

Chicago Officer Charged in Death of Black Teenager

As this city prepared to make public a video from the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white Chicago police officer, a state prosecutor charged the officer with first-degree murder on Tuesday. The charges against Officer Jason Van Dyke come more than a year after the shooting, but only days after a judge… Read More »