Four murdered in Mississippi prisons

The Mississippi Department of Corrections is investigating the murders of four black-male inmates at four state prisons that occurred within a week of each other. The inmates were murdered in two regional prisons and two others were murdered in state prisons during major disturbances sparked by gang warfare, the Jackson-based department of corrections announced January 3rd. One man was murdered[Read More…]

UN Secretary General issues warning

UN News–The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to de-escalate geopolitical tensions on Monday, which he described as being “at their highest level this century” as the new decade dawns. The New Year has begun with our world in turmoil. We are living in dangerous times”, said the UN chief, noting that turbulence is only escalating. “Even nuclear[Read More…]

Driving while black in California

  Is this your getaway car?   California police stop a much higher percentage of black motorists on the suspicion they are involved in crimes, the California Attorney General reported on Thursday. “People who are perceived as Black had the highest proportion of stops for reasonable suspicion while those who were perceived as Middle Eastern or South Asian had the[Read More…]

Legal weed in Illinois leaves blacks without a pot to piss in

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Legal weed went on sale Wednesday in Illinois, but blacks were buyers not sellers in a market controlled by white men. All of the state’s cannabis dispensaries were licensed to white-owned companies to sell recreational marijuana, a product whose sales’ upside is high and lucrative at this time. Pot heads stood in long lines[Read More…]

Food insecurity expected to rise next year in Haiti

  UN News—The Office for the Coordinator of Human Affairs (OCHA) reports that deteriorating economic conditions this year—including a low growth rate, high inflation and an increase in the cost of basic food items—have had a negative impact on the humanitarian situation in the Caribbean nation.  At the same time, insecurity and social tensions meant aid workers had limited access to a large part[Read More…]

Congressman John Lewis is battling pancreatic cancer

U.S. Representative John Lewis and a civil rights icon has disclosed that he is being treated for pancreatic cancer, an often-deadly disease that took the life of Aretha Franklin. Congressman Lewis announced in a news release Sunday, “ This month in a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis had been reconfirmed.” Stage[Read More…]

African countries sign free-trade agreement

The agreement creates a $3.4 trillion economic bloc   Fifty-five African countries have signed a free-trade agreement that will unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc that will develop countries across the continent. The agreement, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), is the largest trade bloc since the World Trade Organization was founded in 1994. Africa’s[Read More…]

Department of Justice Frames Policing and Prosecutorial Reforms as Anti-Police

By The Sentencing Project Americans “have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves,” Attorney General William Barr said  during a Department of Justice ceremony honoring police officers. He added: “If communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need.” Tim Elfrink of the Washington Post explains[Read More…]