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American Money: Tips to Minimize Wasteful Spending

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.17.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

With the costs of basic necessities rising and wages stagnating, minimizing unnecessary and wasteful spending is more important than ever.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Noted Panelists Discuss Then and Now

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Last week, as part of the reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, I moderated three panels of civil rights advocates who reflected on early efforts to pass civil rights legislation, promises fulfilled and progress not yet made.

Our Voice, Our Vote!

Richard Fowler | Posted 04.09.2014 | Media
Richard Fowler

Young people can be doing a lot more to get their issues covered in the mainstream media. It starts by being proactive about pushing the issues to the forefront.

Why Racial Economic Inequality Must Be on the Agenda of the Civil Rights Summit

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.07.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

At the heart of racial inequality in the United States, there has always been economic inequality. By almost any economic measure -- wealth, income, homeownership, business ownership -- African Americans remain at great distance from whites, sometimes by margins that have scarcely budged in half a century.

American Money: How to Negotiate a Higher Salary

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Whether you or a man or woman, it's important to know your true market value and enter these conversations with confidence. Preparation is key and implementing some of the following steps can improve your chances of getting the salary you want.

A Response to the Koch Brothers Claim of Entitlement to Anonymous Political Giving

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Koch brothers' enormous wealth does not entitle them to any special treatment when it comes to the right of the American people to know about political money being spent to influence federal elections.

Ella Baker: My Civil Rights Generation's 'Fundi'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

During this last week of Women’s History Month, I wanted you to learn about Ella Baker, a transforming but too-little-known woman and overpowering justice warrior for my generation of civil rights activists.

David and Goliath: A Blueprint for Reforming American Education?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 03.28.2014 | Education
Curtis Valentine

The frustration surrounding America's inability to "fix" our education system to outperform the world highlights what Gladwell calls "the limits of power."

'Moral Monday' Group Plans Protest At Georgia State Capitol

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

A coalition of organizations under the "Moral Mondays" banner is planning to protest legislation at the Georgia state legislature in Atlanta on Tuesda...

Albert Einstein: A Radical Voice Sorely Missed; He'd Be 135 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Albert Einstein was a reluctant celebrity, but he recognized that he could use his fame to promote causes to make the world more humane and democratic. Today -- when both science and democracy are under attack by right-wing forces -- Einstein's voice as both a scientist and citizen are sorely missed.

Why Retirement Security for Women Is Not an Option

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 03.08.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

March marks Women's History Month -- a time for celebrating women's historic gains and achievements. But, equally important, especially in this sluggish economic recovery, is amplifying the contemporary economic challenges women continue to face, including the uphill climb to retirement security.

Matthew McConaughey Thanks God at Oscars

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

I was really surprised by Matthew McConaughey's Oscar acceptance speech at the Oscars. I've attended a handful of the award shows, most recently the N...

I Stand With the NAACP!

Richard Fowler | Posted 03.03.2014 | Media
Richard Fowler

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has a mission of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This mission is not bounded by political party or viewpoint.

Retrial For 'Warning Shot' Could Yield TRIPLE Sentence

AP | Posted 03.03.2014 | Crime

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman could end up in prison for 60 years when she's retried for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged...

LOOK: Kerry Washington (And Bump) Get Glam

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 02.23.2014 | Black Voices

The 2014 NAACP Image Awards is always a classy affair, not only for its celebration of the outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts and...

Partnering for Action in African American Communities

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Valerie Jarrett

What was clear in this meeting was that many of the goals the president set forth in his State of the Union address< will become reality because of the strong partnerships that he and his administration have forged with leaders from the civil rights community who work hard every day to advocate equality and opportunity for all.

How Post Offices Can Provide an Alternative to Payday Lending

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The federal government has a history of intervening to provide important services not offered by the private sector. And with a gap in the financial services arena for low- to moderate-income Americans, the U.S. Postal Service is a great fit to meet this demand.

Advocating for a Healthier Future

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

NAACP founders recognized that we, as African Americans, would never reach the peak of our potential if we were treated as second-class citizens in our own county, especially as it relates to our health.

Still We Rise: Recovering the Grassroots Impetus of the NAACP Post-1965

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As we commemorate our 105th anniversary on February 12, I am hopeful that we as an organization can rise and soar to new possibilities. With the help of the Lord, still we rise.

March Because Your Rights Shouldn't Depend on Your Zip Code

Cecile Richards | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Cecile Richards

In the weeks and months to come, Planned Parenthood will continue to join our allies in urging members of Congress to put politics aside and work together to restore voter protection under the Voting Rights Amendment Act.

Senate Panel Approves Justice Department Civil Rights Division Nominee

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday narrowly approved the nomination of a longtime legal advocate for liberal causes to run...

Carolina on Your Mind: Why Saturday's Moral March is Everyone's Lookout

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

If you share the values of civic equality and common care, they tie you to people working for them everywhere. That's true in a practical way: we here in North Carolina hope to reverse the gerrymandering that gives us a massively Republican congressional delegation in an evenly split state.

Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired; She'd Be 101 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

That popular legend is misleading. Parks' defiance of Montgomery's segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow.

How the Banking Industry Can Help Combat Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Growing income inequality continues to weaken the American middle class and stagnant wages, low wage jobs replacing those with livable wages and fewer government investments compromise the ideals that make this country strong.

Must End Gentrification to Advance Economic Equity

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Nationally there is much to be done that can address the record level of American economic inequality. It is a fight which must occur city by city. Growing economic inequality will only cease with an end to gentrification.