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American hypocrisy exposed: U.S. slammed on racism, police brutality and human rights violations

by Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Police killings and abuses, discrimination and racism highlighted during United Nations sessions. Nations condemn 'world's greatest democracy' for its assaults on Black people and racial injustices. The U.S. was recently... »

Brutal aftermath of police MOVE bombing still resonates

by Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor- | May 20, 2015 - 8:58:10 AM

WASHINGTON - More than 30 years have now passed since the worse abuse of police authority in modern American history. On May 13, 1985 a massive police operation was launched in Philadelphia after Wilson Goode, the city’s first Black mayor, permitted its racist commanders to first rain a 10,000 bullet fusillade, before executing a helicopter bombing of the headquarters of a radical, Black naturalist organization known as MOVE. »

A case of 'selective prosecution'?

by Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | May 20, 2015 - 8:57:50 AM

Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer, was sentenced May 11 to forty-two months in prison in what activists and legal analysts are calling the latest salvo in the Obama administration’s war against whistleblowers and journalists. »

Unrest sows seeds for future leaders, opens eyes of youth

by Richard B. Muhammad - Editor | May 20, 2015 - 8:56:48 AM

BALTIMORE - Unrest in a city known yesterday for crab cakes, row houses, marble steps, downtown tourist spots and sports stadiums—alongside struggles with decay, violence and heroin—has captured global attention. »

Boys to Men Conference a huge success

by FinalCall.com News | May 20, 2015 - 8:52:21 AM

CHICAGO - Nearly 350 boys and young men from Chicago and surrounding areas enjoyed a full day of activities, training and guidance during the power packed Boys to Men Conference held at The National Center, which is the international headquarters of the Nation of Islam. »

Spike Lee breaks silence on ‘Chiraq’ controversy

by FinalCall.com News | May 19, 2015 - 8:24:17 AM

CHICAGO - A press conference was held May 14 at Father Michael Pfleger’s Saint Sabina Church to address the controversy regarding acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee’s upcoming movie titled “Chiraq” which is scheduled to begin shooting at the end of May. »

Black unemployment falls but still doubles rate of Whites

by Freddie Allen | May 19, 2015 - 8:21:48 AM

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - The Black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Despite the improvement, the Black jobless rate is still double the unemployment rate of White workers, which has remained flat since February at 4.7 percent. »

New Congressional Caucus champions HBCUs

by Jazelle Hunt | May 19, 2015 - 8:19:26 AM

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - A little help may be on the way for historically Black colleges and universities struggling against falling financial support and an increasingly skeptical public. The Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus was launched in early May, with Congressional members Representatives Alma Adams (D-N.C.) and Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) at the helm. »

Supporters keeping pressure on for Mumia Abu-Jamal

by Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer- | May 12, 2015 - 9:31:40 AM

A Pennsylvania Federal court struck down a law written to prevent incarcerated persons in the state from communicating with the outside public. The April 28 ruling is a victory for United States Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal says his supporters. Critics of the law say it specifically targeted Mr. Abu-Jamal. »

Tornadoes, floods upend Texas and Plains States

by AP | May 12, 2015 - 8:42:03 AM

VAN, Texas - Emergency responders searched through wreckage in parts of Texas and Arkansas early May 11 after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others. »

Texas shooting deaths highlight growing contradictions in America

by Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor- | May 12, 2015 - 8:32:12 AM

As far-fetched as it may seem, the deaths of two Phoenix, Ariz. men who were gunned down by off-duty police; the decision by military commanders to elevate the force protection condition at all domestic military installations; and the frenzy throughout the Lone Star State that the federal government was planning to implement martial law there; are all related. »

Families, activists refuse to forget lives lost to police

by Richard B. Muhammad | May 12, 2015 - 8:31:52 AM

While the death of Freddie Gray and charges filed against police officers in Baltimore have offered hope for justice, many families are still grieving over the loss of loved ones. The Final Call presents these untold stories of those who say the pattern and legacy of police brutality must be uprooted. »

Paying for Chicago's sins

by Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | May 12, 2015 - 8:31:28 AM

CHICAGO—A $5.5 million reparations package, approved unanimously by the Chicago City Council May 6, could set a precedent for legal activists and victims of police brutality across the country. »

The West’s real problem in Africa is Islam

by Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer- | May 12, 2015 - 8:28:01 AM

WASHINGTON - “The tremendous growing Muslim population and the growing strength of Islam in Africa has become a problem for the West,” Abdul Akbar Muhammad, International Representative for the Nation of Islam, told a crowd here at the Justice Center. »

Babies living and dying based on zip codes

by Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer- | May 12, 2015 - 8:27:58 AM

WASHINGTON—Around the world as more mothers move to urban areas looking for better opportunity, they are often welcomed to slum life where lack of clean water, proper health care, employment, and basic sanitation leads to high rates of infant mortality. »

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