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

Marcus Bright | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | 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.

Why the Starving Out of Public Education Threatens Our Economic Future and What We Can Do About It

Marcus Bright | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Marcus Bright

School districts should not have to go to drastic measures just to meet bare minimum needs. The focus should be on closing the achievement gap, graduating college and career-ready students and attacking the nation's dropout epidemic.

Winning The War On Poverty In 2014: Means Defeating the Wolves on Wall Street and Cowards on Capitol Hill

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

We can hear the 'wolves on Wall Street' howling at rising profits and executive salaries -- while the sucking sound you hear are jobs and families flung into poverty. 2014 will require a vigilant vote and voice to make a real difference for a very real problem.

Michigan Seniors Will Feel the Pain of Governor Snyder's Insensitive Tax on Pensions

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 03.08.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

It must be the dogged CEO in him, the strict businessman who only sees the dollar figures and not the people behind those numbers. To me, that's the only explanation for Gov. Snyder's scheme to raise taxes on pensions for senior citizens across this great state.

Macy's and Barney's Incidents Should Teach Us: Dollars and Sense

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

What African American doesn't have a story, where some unknown guard challenged you or followed you out of the store. What about the annoying stores that make you pull out the receipt on the way out the door, and have the security guard ravage through your purchased goods?

Money Talks

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Companies are quick to take our dollars, but slow or non-existent to invest in our business ventures, in our ideas and in our communities. It's time for a drastic change, and as the old adage goes, money talks.

The Key to Solving Absolutely Everything...

Dan Duffy | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Dan Duffy

His book Shake the World (now available in paperback from Penguin Books), is about people who decided to use their voices and ideas to change and enhance the lives of countless people all over the earth.

Live at Lincoln: RFK, JFK, MLK's Nonviolent Message at 50th MoW

Michael Shank | Posted 10.24.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

"That is a dangerous, defeatist belief," said the President. Dr. King called America the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." He was right. And it is still today.

March on Washington: Greatest Purveyor of Violence Is Still America

Michael Shank | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

While Dr. King's progressive dreaming of a world where racial and economic equality is commonplace may have been radical then, his most radical thinking -- and what would still get him in trouble with federal authorities to this day -- is his messaging on nonviolence.

My Week at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Headquarters

Robert Hoggard | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
Robert Hoggard

We are inching close to the 50th Anniversary of March On Washington and we live in a country that seems like no progress has been made.

We Lost the Battle, But the War's Far From Over

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

If we allow the killing of an unarmed Black teenager to be turned into some sort of circus where the responsible party blames the victim, then we have reached the height of absurdity. But in this moment of frustration, we cannot become so disillusioned that we lose focus

What Would Thomas Jefferson Say About Detroit?

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 09.08.2013 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Going over the depressing news about the Supreme Court's slash and dash of the Voting Rights Act, I began to lament further about the Emergency Management appointments in Michigan. Suddenly, I became even more energized to work harder to build the movement to Washington.

What Do We Tell Our Children?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

As we teach our youth to put the weapons down and better their lives, what are we to tell them when so many in Washington have failed us so cowardly?

Detroit Now Has a White, Republican Mayor and City Council: State Take Over Coming to a Black City Near You

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 05.18.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Detroit has seen its better days, but the latest national trending news is the most disheartening story that anybody could tell.

No Indictment Of Cop Who Killed Unarmed National Guardsman

Posted 02.17.2013 | New York

By Jess Wisloski, DNAinfo Weekend Editor HARLEM — It has been five months since her son, 22-year-old Noel Polanco was killed in an unorthodox tra...

Governor Rick Snyder's "Relentless Positive Action" Has Negative Affects on Michigan

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 02.09.2013 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Tuesday in Lansing, Michigan National Action Network will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other citizens at the Capitol to show the governor and other elected leaders that we will not stand quietly by while they hurt our families and communitie.

The Mis-Education of the Negro Pastors Urging Congregants Not to Vote

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 12.20.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

The fact is neither party truly cares about Christian morality, certainly not based on Old Testament scriptures. What seems instead to be driving both is power and control. Republicans care about power and control for the wealthy, while Democrats care about power and control for the not-so-wealthy.

Hip-Hop Mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs Honored By Al Sharpton's National Action Network

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 10.17.2012 | Black Voices

Sean 'Diddy' Combs was honored last night by the National Action Network (NAN) at the organization’s 3rd annual Triumph Awards held in New York City...