Decrying ‘Dog-Eat-Dog System,’ #PoorPeoplesCampaign Kicks Off 40 Days of ‘Moral Action’

Posted at https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/02/05/decrying-dog-eat-dog-system-poorpeoplescampaign-kicks-40-days-moral-action Published on Monday, February 05, 2018 by Common Dreams “We are witnessing an assault on the poor, on immigrants, on black and brown people, and on the Earth, and we can’t let it happen any longer.” By Jessica … Continued

New Report on Racial Inequalities in Wages, Income and Wealth

From the Economic Policy Institute (http://www.epi.org/): As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, it is important to remember that African Americans continue to face many of the same inequalities today that Dr. King gave … Continued

Urge PA Senators and Your Representative to Condemn Trump’s Disparaging Comments

From the Center for the Victims of Torture (http://www.cvt.org/): On January 11, President Trump reportedly used extremely derogatory language disparaging Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa. His use of profanity to dishonor the people of these countries is consistent … Continued

Why Have Banks Stopped Lending to Low-Income Americans?

Posted at https://talkpoverty.org/2017/11/30/new-bill-congress-make-mobile-home-loans-even-predatory/ December 5, 2017 | Amanda Abrams AP Photo/Seth Wenig At the end of September, the Federal Reserve released its annual collection of data gathered under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Among other findings, the report details that the country’s … Continued

2018 International Poetry & Storytelling Competition for High School Students

HERE. From the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg (http://www.wacharrisburg.org): CALLING STUDENT WRITERS . . . NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!  Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! Each year, in honor of MLK Day, the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg sponsors … Continued

Persistent Racial Disparity in Federal Sentencing

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Federal courts imposed prison sentences on black men that were 19% longer than those imposed on similarly situated white men between 2011 and 2016, reports the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC). In addition, federal prison … Continued

American Indian and Alaska Native Jail Count Doubles Since Late 1990s

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): The number of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) held in local jails nearly doubled from between 1999 and 2014, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics analysis covered by The Crime Report. During this … Continued

Most American Indian Tribes Have Opted Out of Death Penalty

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Nearly all American Indian tribes have rejected the option of pursuing the death penalty against their citizens for federal crimes committed on their land, reports the Associated Press. “Congress expanded the list of death-penalty eligible … Continued