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We Are Your Constituents; the Lobbyists Are Not

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.17.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

If you've turned on your television lately, you've likely seen an ad or two blasting the historic Iran nuclear deal. The reality is, millions are being spent in a lobbying effort to destroy an agreement that has been reached after extensive negotiating and diplomacy between world powers and Iran.

A Dentist Killing Cecil The Lion Is Outrageous, But So Is An Officer Killing A Black Man Or Woman

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.03.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

If the death of Cecil the lion leaves you angry and frustrated, it might be time for you to be just as furious over the deaths of unarmed civilians killed and beaten by those hired to protect and serve us. Just a thought.

One Year Of Distrust Based On Unexplainable Encounters

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.27.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

When you observe the litany of cases in just one year alone, the question is, why wouldn't there be a distrust in the Black community?

Confederate Flag, Eric Garner Anniversary and The Harper Lee Factor

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.13.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

As I went to three of the funerals for the beautiful nine martyrs in Charleston, South Carolina, I addressed the audience and joined our local chapter of National Action Network (NAN) and the NAACP to call for the Confederate flag to come down.

Have You No Shame?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

For the grieving mother or father of an innocent child killed at the hands of an officer "by mistake" or for any other unjustified reason, even hinting that stop-and-frisk reform has led to an increase in crime is to put the nail in the coffin of that child.

To Win Battleground Of Ohio, Republicans Must Address Police Brutality And Reform

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

For the last quarter of a century, NAN and I have advocated on behalf of many victims of racial violence at the hands of police. But in all those years, I've never seen a situation that will force a national election to deal with policing as I do now. Translation: GOP candidates will actually have to deal with policing as an issue.

A Progressive Agenda Must Be Strategically Pushed

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

There is too much on the line for us to get caught up with minor differences. From racial disparity to income inequality, immigration reform, marriage equality, fair housing, job growth, pay equity, improved schools and much more, the challenges we face are real, and our commitment must be steadfast.

Could Dr. Ben Carson Be Too Liberal for Some Conservatives?

John A. Tures | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Explaining why Dr. Carson was disinvited from speaking at the Southern Baptist Convention last month, Baylor University History Professor Thomas S. Kidd writes "Carson has also made statements about Muslims, Jews and Christians all being "God's children," perhaps implying that there are multiple paths to God."

The Loretta Lynch Saga: The True Meaning & Dog Whistles

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Lynch's confirmation delay is nothing more than bells, whistles and red meat for the right-wing. It's yet another message that Blacks, women and quote "others" are expendable, and the least priority at best; they are in fact targeted by this crowd.

Will the South Teach the North About Police Reform?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We are a long way from justice and this case will have to work its way through the prosecutor, jury selection and trial, but just the contrast of this tragic incident and that of Garner's death and others is remarkable.

'It's Not Over': Families Of Slain Black Men Give Powerful Panel On Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Black Voices

Relatives of five slain black men spoke out against police brutality at a National Action Network panel this week. The names of their lost sons, husba...

The Comparisons Between Ferguson And Selma Are Too Similar To Ignore

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices

They only lasted minutes, but the images of the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, on television permanently seared the inhumanity o...

Christopher Mathias

Eric Garner Memorial Burns Down On MLK Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A makeshift Staten Island memorial for Eric Garner -- the 43-year-old black man who died this summer after being put into a fatal chokehol...

Why Rants on Sharpton, NAN and the #JusticeForAll March Are Immature, Insensitive and Irresponsible

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

I honor the enthusiasm, the tenacity, vigilance of all who have marched, took rubber bulletts, made financial sacrifices, and found strength to go on anyhow. But as you assess where you are, and you find that this work is in your purpose, grab hold to your lane and stay in it with consistency and persistency.

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

Sharpton: Activists In Ferguson Are Ready

AP | Tom Hayes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Activists from across the country are gearing up for the highly anticipated announcement of a grand jury's decision over whether a wh...

National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 11.09.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?

The Plight of Eric Garner and Undocumented Immigrants Highlight the Impact of Street-Level Bureaucrats

Marcus Bright | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Marcus Bright

Street-level bureaucrats are those "lower level" officials that deliver public policy with every encounter that they make. They greatly shape how a policy is carried out in what they do or don't do.

NAN's Huddle Uses Positive Peer Pressure to Tackle Societal Issues

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Marcus Bright

One model that is serving as a catalyst for promoting cultural change among urban youth is the National Action Network's (NAN) Youth Move Huddle.

Freedom Summer 2014

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, there are modern schemes to try and take away your vote. Well we at National Action Network will not sit by idly and watch as the fundamental rights so many fought and died for are being eliminated -- and neither should you.

Staying Focused

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward -- for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.

A Time for Action

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

This week, all roads lead to National Action Network's 16th annual convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel. We have undoubtedly progressed as a society, but until social justice and fairness are achieved across the board, we cannot rest. The time for action is now, and you're all invited.

Alabama Prepares For Major Civil Rights Anniversary

AP | PHILLIP RAWLS | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march is a year away, and both cities are making plans to draw...

Float Like a Butterfly

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 05.03.2014 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

For young men and women, who may not have had a two parent home or money in the bank, those that they looked up to, gave them reason to pursue success and confidence that they could make it in the world.

Detroit's Belle Isle Is a State Park and Barney Fife is Securing The Perimeter

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.13.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Well the deal is done and Michigan State Troopers and Department of Natural Resource Officers have landed onto Belle Isle park. A Detroit park that has been a jewel and place of fun, relaxation and exercise for so many, for so long.