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A country at a crossroads Road to presidential election paved with protests, voter suppression and talk of civil war

The United States is fraught with social and political turmoil, as talks of secession and civil war heighten in a climate where voting rights are under attack, protests continue over the genocide against Palestinian people and President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are embroiled in a tight race toward the 2024 presidential election. Dissatisfaction in a tight race Trump...

Nations join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel

The Gaza Strip has been a corridor of bloodshed and misery for Palestinians. For their brethren in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, it has been repressive domination by illegal settler-colonialists. This is flanked by collective punishment, including targeted killings, destruction of civilian infrastructure like hospitals, houses of worship, and universities, in addition to obstruction of humanitarian aid and...

The Honorable Minister Farrakhan Calls on the Entire Black Nation to: DECLARE WAR ON OBESITY (FAT)!

In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful. I am asking every member of the Nation of Islam and every member of the Black Nation and elsewhere to join me in declaring war on OBESITY (FAT). Allah (God) hates obesity.  Yet, in every efficient society on Earth today, those who live easy lives and even those who are poor, are found to...

22 AGs oppose WHO pandemic treaty, citing threats to sovereignty and civil liberties

by John-Michael Dumais A group of 22 state attorneys general on Wednesday (May 8) told President Joe Biden they oppose the federal government’s plans to grant the WHO greater powers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the U.K. government said it refuses to sign the WHO’s pandemic accord. This article was published on The Defender—Children’s Health Defense News & Views...

Hot weather poses new risk as thousands remain without power after deadly Houston storm

HOUSTON—As the Houston area works to clean up and restore power to hundreds of thousands after deadly storms left at least seven people dead, it will do so amid a smog warning and scorching temperatures that could pose health risks. National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Chenard said on May 18 that highs of around 90 degrees were expected through the start of the...

Black mayors share solutions to the challenges their cities face

ATLANTA—At the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) 10th annual conference held in Atlanta, Black mayors convened to discuss some of the challenges facing their cities and the strategies they employ to deal with them. “As mayors, we represent small towns and cities and villages, and we represent big metropolitan areas, but we are all dealing with very similar issues. The...

MOVE and the Philly community commemorate 39th anniversary of bombing

PHILADELPHIA—On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia’s skyline was marred by an unfathomable tragedy in an event that would etch a permanent scar on the city’s conscience—the MOVE bombing. This day saw the Philadelphia Police Department execute an action so extreme, it culminated in the dropping of two explosive devices from a helicopter onto a row house in the heart of...

UN expert raises alarm over unfair treatment of pro-Palestinian student protesters in U.S.

A UN independent human rights expert warned on May 10 that the recent increase in student protest attacks across campuses in the United States indicates an “erosion of intellectual freedom and democratic principles within educational settings.” “I am deeply troubled by the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, arrests, detentions, police violence, surveillance and disciplinary measures and sanctions against members of the...

‘Answered’ documentary tour stops in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA—In a world filled with questions about spirituality, identity, and purpose, documentaries like “Answered: The Coming of God” by Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad can serve as informative beacons of light. This thought-provoking film takes viewers on a profound journey, exploring the nature of God and what the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught about the reality of Unidentified Flying...

Persistent threat: Two years after Buffalo massacre, hate crimes targeting Black community show no signs of abating

As the nation commemorates the second anniversary of the heinous Buffalo mass shooting that claimed the lives of 10 Black individuals at a Tops Supermarket, a painful reality emerges: hate crimes against Black communities continue unabated, casting a long shadow over efforts for justice and equality. “It was a modern-day lynching,” Garnell Whitfield Jr., son of victim Ruth Whitfield, solemnly remarked...