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Hard times hit Blacks, Latinos first and worst

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The economic slowdown, rising debt, gas and food prices, loss of jobs, and mounting foreclosures have hurt families across the board, but according to a new report Black and Latino families are “hit first and hit worst.” “Since 2000 the economy has slowed its growth,” Tim Westrich, a research associate at the Center for American Progress...

The next consumer crisis?

How to avoid debt slavery (EconomicWarfare.org) WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - Larry Morgan has a home and so far has been able to avoid the mortgage mess and foreclosure. He’s a juggler with bills and used to have a line of equity to use when things got tight. Not anymore, now he just has his credit cards and debt is steadily...

VA lawsuit: High suicide rates for soldiers

(FinalCall.com) - Black war veterans are more likely than White veterans to experience post traumatic stress disorder but are less likely to receive disability benefits for the disease, according to a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco against the Department of Veterans Affairs. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder suddenly brought on by life threatening experiences that result in...

Over-medicated and underserved

Advocates say just prescribing drugs for Black youth doesn’t solve problems (FinalCall.com) - The Rev. Fred Shaw, Jr., of the Basic Life Institute in Compton, Calif., has been working with troubled youth and gang-bangers for over a decade. But as he tries to help them turn their lives around, the specter of drugs has surfaced. Not illegal drugs,...

Obama still standing after attacks by opponents

ASKIAMSenior Correspondent No end to demonization of Obama? (FCN, 05-06-2008) WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - Despite combined attempts by the presidential campaigns of both Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), and political pundits in the corporate-owned media concerning the National Press Club appearance of his former pastor, Sen. Barack Obama headed into the May 6 Indiana and North Carolina primary balloting...

Wrongfully convicted call for justice for the innocent

Contributing Writer ‘I have a reason to be angry’ CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - One victim appealed for DNA testing. Another vowed to help others. Both called for justice. Johnnie Lee Savory and Joyce Ann Brown were among a dozen wrongfully convicted former prisoners calling for justice in their cases and diligence in releasing others railroaded into prison sentences they did not deserve. “My...

On a mission to save Black boys

By Richard MuhammadContributing Editor CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - Phillip Jackson was blunt: The first-class prisons are there, the juvenile offender lock-ups are there, but first-class education and opportunity are not available for young Black males. The executive director of the Black Star Project said the Black community needs to come together and demand much more for its male children than what is...

A Tragic Injustice: Judge acquits officers in shooting death of Sean Bell

New Yorkers vow to fight for justice for father killed in hail of 50 bullets In wake of acquitals, anger simmers New York (FCN, 05-06-2008)New York town mourns young Black police officer (FCN, 02-18-2008)Sean Bell: Tip of iceberg in NYC police murder culture (FCN, 04-16-2007) NEW YORK (FinalCall.com) - The streets of New York City remain quiet after the acquital of...

In wake of acquitals, anger simmers New York

NEW YORK (FinalCall.com) - When the word of Justice Arthur Cooperman’s “not guilty” verdict reached the crowd outside the Queens Supreme Court, shouts of “No! No! No!” erupted immediately. The family of Sean Bell, along with the two wounded friends of the slain father of two little girls, and the Rev. Al Sharpton quietly walked own Queens Boulevard–the media...

Rev. Wright: Media coverage was attack on the Black church

The Attack on Black Theology (FCN, 04-20-2008) WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - An “unashamedly Black” and “unapologetically Christian,” Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright kicked off the opening of the two-day Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference April 28 at the National Press Club. Before a standing room only audience filled with conference attendees and representatives of media outlets, and a live televised audience via...