09/09/2013

Remember when the Senate immigration bill was heralded as a huge victory a few months ago? While most progressive groups swallowed the bitter pill of one-sided compromise that drastically increased border militarization and ignored workers rights, few groups bravely spoke out against it, which we covered in a previous edition of the App.

09/09/2013

With the US teetering on the edge of an “undeclared” war against Syria, the App did a little research this past week into how views and perspectives on the imminent war were playing out in Arab-American communities. We learned from a report in the Arab American News, a paper in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the largest Arab-American community in the country that some 200 demonstrators at a rally there last Thursday criticized President Barack Obama’s Administration for its involvement in the Syrian crisis.

09/09/2013

It's no secret that there are long-term consequences of poverty. Health outcomes by income and race, much like education outcomes, show a clear correlation between being low-income and suffering health problems. Infant mortality is more than twice as high among African-Americans as among whites.

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As the Supreme Court closed out its final week of this session, there was a flurry of historic cases that set the web a titter.  Most of the attention was focused on the Court’s rulings on the Voting Rights Act and the so called Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) in which they applied an odd brand of states’ rights to gut the VRA and strike down federal jurisdiction over marriage. Although DOMA’s demise as federal policy was cause for celebration for many of our allies, if you were not a state or a corporation, there was little reason to celebrate.

 

Senate Farm Bill Feeds Big Business Starves Families

By Bob Wing*

Chokwe Lumumba--a founder and leader of the Republic of New Afrika, the New Afrikan People’s Organization and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, defense attorney for Tupac Shakur and others, and a first term city councilman--is the new Mayor of Jackson, Miss.

His June 4 victory is a stirring tribute to the courageous Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers who fifty years ago on June 12, 1963 was gunned down at his Jackson home.

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