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Police tangle with students in Texas and California as wave of campus protest against Gaza war grows

by Nick Perry, Jim Vertuno and Acacia Coronado AUSTIN, Texas—Police tangled with student demonstrators in Texas and California while new encampments sprouted April 24 at Harvard and other colleges as school leaders sought ways to defuse a growing wave of pro-Palestinian protests. At the University of Texas at Austin, hundreds of local and state police—including some on horseback and holding batons—clashed with...

The graves of our ancestors: A call for ethical repatriation and respect

PHILADELPHIA—In the still air of our collective history, the screams of those who were silenced by a transgression against their final resting place echo, if one chooses to listen. We speak of the remains of Black people, robbed of their dignity, and used in ways that contravene the spiritual traditions of their descendants. It’s a tale as harrowing as...

Brown v. Board of Education, 70 years later

In 1940 the cost of a stamp was three cents, the first Social Security checks were paid, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, and psychologists Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark conducted a “doll study” with disturbing results.  Their study, with children ages three to seven, used four dolls, identical except for color, to test children’s racial perceptions. The...

Celebration and service

Muslims observed and celebrated the conclusion of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, service and spiritual renewal. Eid-ul’Fitr (Id-al’Fitr) or “Festival of Renewal” or “Holiday/Festival of Breaking the Fast” celebrations and community events took place in various Muslim communities. Communities participated in communal prayers, food, games, exchanged gifts, and continued distributing food to people in need in various...

New York City and navigating America’s migrant crisis

by Nayaba Arinde NEW YORK—“An entire city was dropped on our city, and everyone there can’t work,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams opined when the number of mostly Latino and a lesser number of West African migrants and asylum-seekers stood at 180,000 last year. While over half have since left, according to the city, the number today is more...

Let her come home! Part 2. 11-year-old Black girl remains in custody with next court date slated for May 8

NEW IBERIA, La.—Again an 11-year-old Black girl’s family, friends and supporters expected her release from the Lafayette Juvenile Detention Center following a highly anticipated court hearing held April 16, but to their dismay, she remains captive on charges they insist are questionable. On March 14, first-degree murder and accessory to murder charges against the child in the death of 36-year-old...

Discrimination and disinvestment lock Black people outside of safe, affordable housing and homeownership

On February 1, 1968, two Memphis, Tenn., sanitation workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death after sheltering in the compactor of their truck due to the rain. Their deaths sparked the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. In March 1968, almost a month into the strike, it was announced that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be...

The war in Palestine is nothing less than genocide

“Whoever kills a person, unless it is for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he had killed all men. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved the lives of all men.” —Holy Qur’an 5:32 To the Zionist State of Israel and the Western governments that back its war-making in Gaza and...

Black Youth Marked For Death By U.S. Government

  In the times of Moses, Pharaoh saw the Children of Israel multiplying. So he said, “Come, let us deal wisely with them lest they multiply, join on to an enemy of ours and come against us.” What did Pharaoh mean, “let us deal wisely with them?” Let us plan and carry out a masterful maneuver, scheme. What is the...

Significant increases in cancer mortality after COVID mRNA vaccination, Japanese researchers find

A Japanese peer-reviewed study found statistically significant increases in cancer mortality, especially after the third COVID-19 mRNA vaccine dose. John Campbell, Ph.D., analyzed the study on his podcast. During a separate episode, Campbell discussed the study with Angus Dalgleish, a professor of oncology at St. George’s, University of London. by John-Michael Dumias The Defender This article was originally published by The...