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Latinos Eye Texas Redistricting Trial
September 06, 2011
Texas Republicans will face off against Democrats and minority advocacy groups this week in the first trial related to contested redistricting maps approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The trial will combine several federal lawsuits, The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) will present its case seeking equal representation for Texas Latinos in the congressional and State House redistricting plans. ...
Latino Voting Advocates Object To Texas Redistricting
September 02, 2011
Advocates for LULAC that included former Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez, National LULAC Counsel Luis Roberto Vera, Jr., Maverick County Judge David Saucedo and John Tanner, former Department of Justice Voting Rights Section ...
Latino Youth Not Prepared For Kindergarten
September 01, 2011
A new report released today by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) shows that Latino children are at a disadvantage when it comes to elementary school. The report shows that in 2009, only 48 percent of Latino four-year-olds attended preschool, compared to 70 percent of White and 69 percent of Black children of the same age. The report, “Preschool Education: Delivering on the Promise for Latino Children,” provides recommendations to ensure that young Latino children enter school on track for academic success. ...
Study To Look At Hereditary Prostate Cancer In Blacks
August 23, 2011
Creighton University’s Hereditary Cancer Center, has received a three-year, $731,278 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study the role heredity plays in prostate cancer among Blacks. “Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States,. African American men have two times the occurrence of prostate cancer as do Caucasian men and suffer a significantly higher ...
Chicago Ordered To Hire 111 Black Firefighters
August 18, 2011
The City of Chicago has been ordered to hire 111 Black men and to compensate 6,000 others who were passed over for employment due to discriminatory testing practices. The city must hire 111 bypassed black firefighters by March 2012 and pay at least $30 million in damages Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed that black candidates did not wait too long before filing the lawsuit A federal appeals court affirmed that ruling in May and remanded the case back to the trial court to implement ...
Patient Navigators Help Reduce Cancer Care Disparities
August 17, 2011
Past research shows that minorities suffer higher rates of advanced cancer and deaths from all types of cancer compared to whites. Health Behavior News Service reports in an article in the August issue of Cancer, the role of “patient navigator” is emerging as a tool to address these disparities. ...
Minorities Cheated By Redistricting
August 17, 2011
The Athens-Clarke Commission's and the state legislature's new districts are drawn to disenfranchise African-Americans, said black voters and elected officials at a town hall meeting on redistricting. The state legislature convened in a special session Monday to approve new state House and Senate district maps released Friday, as well as forthcoming new congressional districts. ...
Race Doesn't Predict HIV Risk, CDC Says
August 15, 2011
Income and education -- not race -- predicts HIV risk among inner-city heterosexuals, according to CDC data out today. They have determined that low-income heterosexuals in 24 urban cities were up to 20 times more likely to become infected with HIV than the rest of the U.S. population. ...
Native American Docs Try to Reduce High Death Rates
August 11, 2011
The 40th annual AAIP (Association of American Indian Physicians) conference is being held in Portland, Oregon this week, as more than 200 Native American doctors focus on ways to reduce high death rates afflicting tribes across the country. The death rate for Native Americans from tuberculosis and alcoholism ...
GA Redistricting May Limit Minority Voting Power
August 09, 2011
The passage of HB 87, state legislation clearly targeting immigrants, has given rise to an increasing awareness among Georgia’s ethnic minorities about what’s at stake for their political empowerment under the ongoing ...
ACLU Issues Report On Reducing US Incarceration Rates
August 09, 2011
Bipartisan reforms in historically “tough on crime” states have significantly reduced incarceration rates, saved taxpayers billions of dollars, lowered crime rates and should be emulated nationwide, according to a new report ...
Tribe Saves Sacred Land
August 04, 2011
Hundreds gathered at Glen Cove, Calif., for a closing ceremony to celebrate what Native American activists and their allies are declaring an historic victory. The Yocha Dehe ...
Latest CA Redistricting Maps Leave Latinos Dissatisfied
August 01, 2011
Now that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has approved new political boundaries for the state, civil rights groups are weighing what impact the maps will have on communities of color. Local sources report ...
CA Redistricting Angers Minorities
July 19, 2011
Redesigning new political boundaries in California has given minority observers a bigger headache then they expected. The spotlight centers around Los Angeles. A big problem is that the upcoming August 15 deadline for approval of the ...
Alabama Lawmakers Compared To KKK
July 15, 2011
It seems the new Ku Klux Klan members in Alabama are the state’s lawmakers and its target – no longer blacks – but undocumented migrants who have called the state home and kept the economic engines of small businesses running, reports CaribPR Wire founder Felicia Persaud. A new immigration law in the state ...
Blacks Eye CA Redistricting Plan
July 11, 2011
The California Redistricting Commission (CRC) has been considering a move that would cripple African American political power. "The CRC's process as they develop the next round of maps would divide South Los Angeles ...
Natives Want Feds To Look Into Sacred Land Dispute
July 11, 2011
In the latest twist to the saga involving the increasingly likely desecration of sites held sacred by some American Indians, a coalition of Indian citizens has filed a last-ditch legal appeal against the U.S. Forest Service, hoping to change a tide that has long seemed unchangeable. ...
Civil Rights Activists Angry About NC Redistricting
July 06, 2011
North Carolina Republicans and Democrats are at odds over the redrawing of Congressional districts. On Thursday, the state legislature with hold another public hearing on the matter. Lawmakers have already released preliminary maps of Congressional districts, and state house and senate districts. ...
Study Predicts Latino Population Surge In CA
July 05, 2011
Latinos and Asians are driving population growth in Silicon Valley and in the state of California, but a study shows that by 2040 Latinos will make up the largest population group in the San Mateo and Santa Clara regions. Former San Jose mayor Ron Gonzales discussed this and other information about the Latino population ...
Redistricting Reform Threatens Minority Voice
June 27, 2011
Few ordinary Californians have been more intensely interested in the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission than Berkeley-based Tea Party activist David Salaverry. Back in March, he realized that the fledgling panel, with its 14 citizen ...
Redistricting No Longer A Black-White Issue In Virginia
June 08, 2011
The group, Virginia New Majority, says the map approved by Board of County Supervisors in April does not reflect the county’ s demographics. ...
First Black Alabama Congressman Honored
June 03, 2011
A Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the National Bar Association, The Alabama State Bar Association and a Life Member of the NAACP. ...
'Achieving' Women Entrepreneurs Honored By 100 Black Men
June 02, 2011
In the United States, more and more women are taking the leap into entrepreneurship and learning the benefits of owning a business. ...
Camps Cleared In Haiti As Hurricane Season Starts
June 01, 2011
The mayor of a large city in the Haitian capital region has begun clearing out camps set up after last year's earthquake. ...
Illinois Congressional Redistricting Map Still Under Wraps
May 27, 2011
For the second time in 10 days, the Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly have released a redistricting map only to pull it off their website. ...
Hispanics Want More From Illinois Redistricting
May 25, 2011
“We believe that HB 3760 does not create a sufficient number of districts for Latino electoral opportunities to comply with the (federal) Voting Rights Act." ...
CA Redistricting: What's at Stake for Blacks
May 23, 2011
California, along with the rest of the states, has to re-configure four category of legislative districts in accordance with the new census numbers. ...
Civil Rights Group Help Victims Of Predatory Lenders
May 20, 2011
The NAACP initially accused Wells Fargo of unfair lending practices, but dropped a planned lawsuit after the bank agreed to help African Americans get high quality loans. ...
IL Coalition Offers "Inclusive" Redistricting Map
May 19, 2011
Proposal maintains 18 Black legislative seats and creates three “influence” districts. The map is a collective effort to ensure a fair redistricting process. ...
Redistricting 2011: Power Shift In Chicago?
May 17, 2011
Community activists charge that by undercounting thousands of African-American residents, the Census Bureau, itself, is partly to blame. ...
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