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Urban violence brings renewed calls for National Guard deployment

CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - The idea of coordinated military action to counteract gang related violent crime is not a new idea, however, it appears to be gaining traction among some lawmakers as the number of those killed in many cities across America continues to rise. “Gang activity and its resulting violence has taken a toll on my community for far too...

Jewish leaders call on Obama to denounce Farrakhan … Again!

CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - Recent calls by Jewish organizational leaders for public denunciations of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan are part of a long history of avoiding honest discussion of their historical involvement in the slave trade and misdeeds involving Blacks. “This is consistent with the Jewish movement under White Supremacy,” said Dr. Conrad Worrill, National Chairman Emeritus of the National...

Church struggles to move on after tragedy

ROCKFORD, Ill. (FinalCall.com) - In an exclusive interview with The Final Call, Apostle Melvin Brown described the trauma he, his family and the church family, have suffered since the fatal shooting of a young Black man in the church basement August 24, 2009. Since the shooting incident, Kingdom Authority International Ministries has struggled to remain afloat, and the pastor...

Obama lawyers defend ‘kill lists’

NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - Lawyers for the Barack Obama administration told a federal judge that the U.S. government has authority to kill U.S. citizens whom the executive branch has unilaterally determined pose a threat to national security. That Nov. 8 claim came in federal court in Washington, D.C. in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties...

Women’s rights violations inside America

CHARLENEM UN expert examines violence against females in the U.S., gov't response (FinalCall.com) - Robin Levi has a simple point of view when it comes to violence against women in the United States and what the government should be doing to stop abuses. “What's really important is reminding ourselves the United States is not immune from human rights law,” said the...

Shutdown of U.S. government averted, for now

- WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - With less than 60 minutes before the automatic sequence would have shuttered the U.S. federal government, furloughing 800,000 workers, Republican and Democratic legislators shook hands and informed President Barack Obama that they had reached another temporary budget agreement April 8, slashing $38 billion in discretionary spending and averting a government shutdown. The deal approves the funding...

Education conference focuses on males

CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - Effective schools for the education, cultivation and development of Black boys must have a creative environment, offer discipline and teachers fueled with a passion to motivate students. These points among others were major themes discussed at the Black Star Project's National Conference on Educating Black Males. Over 250 predominately Black, educators, parents, and school administrators from around the...

Georgia lawmaker speaks out against Libya war funding

ERICTOUREM -Contributing Writer- ATLANTA (FinalCall.com) - “There is nothing more powerful than protest, there is nothing more powerful than getting out there, making noise and making protest heard,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in response to the expressed appreciation of protestors who gathered recently in front of the his 5th congressional headquarters. The news conference turned demonstration was organized by the...

L.A. school educates thoseshut out’ of the system

CHARLENEM LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) - Tears streaming down her face, Brandi Brown admitted that she never thought the day would come when she would graduate. But in August, thanks to the efforts of an alternative school in Los Angeles, that's exactly what she and 50 of her peers did. “It's been hard to try and get my life back on track,” said...

A new thought, a new mind, the mind of God in us

CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - On October 19, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke to spiritual leaders from across the greater Chicagoland area joining members of Christ Universal Temple as they celebrate 55 years of service within the community. Christ Universal Temple is an iconic place of worship on the city's South Side, and the Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon– this church's...