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Senator Geraldine Thompson Florida Legislators announce two new Bills to protect the right to vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pushing back against repeated state actions to restrict voting, today a group of Florida legislators announced two new bills to comprehensively protect the right to vote: The Florida Voting Rights Act (SB 1246 and HB 1079), co-sponsored by Senator Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) and Representative Reggie Fullwood (D-Jacksonville), would prohibit any voting procedures that discriminate on ...

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Brian C. Johnson for West Park City Council

Brian C. Johnson for West Park City Council ...

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NAACP spends lion’s share of Image Award ad budget with non-Black media What could they be thinking?

By Natalie Cole Our Weekly Publisher and CEO   The primary and most trustworthy source of news and information to Black Americans has been and continues to rest in the bosom of the Black Press. So why is it that in the year of our Lord 2014—during Black History Month no less—the NAACP needs to be reminded that the Black Press is interested in the “Advancement of Colored People” too, everyday? What woul ...

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U.S. Voting Hurdles Remain

US VOTING Rep. Keith Ellison is leading drive to guarantee right to vote. By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON, D.C.  (NNPA) – If you thought that the United States Constitution guaranteed your right to vote, think again. “While the right to vote is inherent throughout our founding document, and there are amendments prohibiting discrimination, nothing in the Constitution explicitly gu ...

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Black Meetings Making History in Greater Fort Lauderdale

By Kitty Oliver   Broward County turns 100 years old in 2015, marking a century of dramatic racial and economic change for African Americans.  In that time the area has evolved from a rustic, almost uninhabitable frontier into the most diverse multi-ethnic urban area in the country, rivaling Queens County, NY. Milestones of local progress include the planned transformation of the Sistrunk Corridor in F ...

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Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

By Kara Brandeisky ProPublica President Obama announced last week some limited reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs.  Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president’s claims have stood up to scrutiny. Here are some of the misleading assertions he has made. ...

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THE DEMOCRATIC BLACK CAUCUS OF FLOIRDA BRINGS THE “FLORIDA SPEAKS TOUR” TO MIAMI

In light of recent events in the state of Florida, The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, the office of State Senator Dwight Bullard, and Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials have come together to launch the “Florida Speaks Tour” scheduled to make its stop in Miami, Florida on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. Agnes Episcopal Church . The Florida Speaks tour is a series of town hall assemblies ...

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Hastings Introduces Resolution Recognizing People of African Descent and Black European Leaders

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after introducing a resolution in recognition of people of African descent and Black Europeans, and outlining concrete steps for the United States to take to help address racism and discrimination in Europe “An estimated seven to ten million individuals of African descent currently live in Europe, particularly in Franc ...

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CORRECTED: Hastings’ Remarks on H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013

Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Florida for yielding me the customary 30 minutes, and I yield myself such time as I may consume. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today and agree with everything that my good friend and colleague from Florida said--everything that he said--with the exception of the fact that I am opposed to the rule. While I may support the underlying legislation, the rule blocks over 70 amendmen ...

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What Is A Government Shutdown, How Does It Affect You?

D-Day!  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare is finally in motion and there are tons of Republicans who are up in arms about its passing. A partial shutdown of the U.S. government began shortly after midnight on Tuesday, when the two houses of Congress could not see eye-to-eye on a budget. The Republican-led House of Representatives only agreed to compromise on the budget if there was a delay to the s ...

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