By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she’s proud to have been part of an administration that “banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations” and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world.
Clinton spoke about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values after receiving an award from The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a gala in New York.
“Today we can say again in a loud and clear voice that the United …
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is prescribing time and vigilance to tackle problems as entrenched in American society as racism and bias.
He also is urging patience, saying progress usually comes in small steps.
In an interview with BET (Black Entertainment Television), a cable TV channel, the president described his conversation with a group of young civil rights activists, including a leader of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, he hosted last week in the White House.
Racial tensions have been heightened by the failure of grand juries in Missouri and New York to …
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim’s family said.
The decision in Staten Island not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo threatened to add to the tensions that have simmered in the city since the July 17 death of Eric Garner — a case that sparked outrage and drew comparisons to the fatal police shooting of 18- …
By Karen Stokes
Tensions were high late Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri as residents awaited the decision from the Grand Jury on the fate of Police Officer Darren Wilson, 28, on the shooting of Michael Brown.
St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced that the Grand Jury made the decision to not indict Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
The announcement sparked protests and violence between Brown supporters and law enforcement.
The skies lit up in flames and a dark cloud of smoke covered the area close to where Michael Brown was …
By Brad Heath, USA Today (via BlackPressUSA)
When it comes to racially lopsided arrests, the most remarkable thing about Ferguson, Mo., might be just how ordinary it is. Police in Ferguson — which erupted into days of racially charged unrest after a white officer killed an unarmed black teen — arrest black people at a rate nearly three times higher than people of other races. At least 1,581 other police departments across the USA arrest black people at rates even more skewed than in Ferguson, a USA TODAY analysis of arrest …
By Eelisa Jones
There are some of us who are lucky enough to have met at least one person in our lives who has answered the question of how to improve the lives of those around us with a resounding battle cry.
These individuals endlessly strive to achieve progress in the name of equality and succeed in blazing through the status quo, leaving trails of inspiration for others to follow.
Polly Williams was this kind of woman. She was known as a leader, a representative, a mentor, and a friend to many who …
By Karen Stokes
Residents of the city of Milwaukee motivated the community with various initiatives to “get out the vote” in the 2014 midterm elections.
This has been a tight race for months but Scott Walker defeated Mary Burke, 52 percent to 47 percent.
According to the Milwaukee Election Commission, approximately 66 percent of Milwaukee residents went to the polls. This is compared to 47 percent who voted in the 2010 midterms.
Helping people to get to the polls was an organized effort with rides being offered to voters who did not have transportation.
By Karen Stokes
One week before the midterm elections President Barack Obama shared the stage with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke in front of a cheering, energized crowd of approximately 3500 with 300 in an overflow area at North Division High School, 1101 W. Center St. in the central city of Milwaukee.
The president greeted the crowd: “Its good to be in Milwaukee and at North Division High School. Go Blue Devils!” Referring to the North Division team mascot.
“One week from today you get to choose a new governor,” said President …
By Srijan Sen
Incumbent Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic Party nominee Mary Burke agreed to two debates this fall sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Board. One held on Oct. 10 at the La Crosse-Eau Claire market, the other on Oct. 17 at the Milwaukee market. Neither one delivered a decisive blow.
The focus of both candidates so far has been on the economy and job creation ignoring other hot-button issues such as labor rights, minimum wage increases, reproductive rights, shadowy campaign donations and environmental implications that has divided the …
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By Karen Stokes
As of October 9, 2014, Wisconsin voters will no longer be required to provide a photo ID to vote in the November 4 election.
The United States Supreme Court voted six to three, to block the implementation of the law requiring voters to show a photo ID.
Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia dissented. This vote stops a decision from a lower court that would have allowed the Wisconsin voter ID law to be in place for the election in November.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) along …