Trans-Pacific Partnership: What’s in it for Black Workers?

  Editorial By Frederick H. Lowe The United States Senate has given President Barack Obama a green light to go ahead with the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA), which is the right to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secret trade deal between the United States and 11 other nations. Now it is up to the U.S.[Read More…]


Clinical Psychologist to Head Cook County Jail, the Nation’s Largest Mental Health Institution

  By Frederick H. Lowe Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist, has been named executive director of Cook County (Illinois) Jail, the nation’s largest mental health institution, and her appointment supports Sheriff Tom Dart’s view as well as growing national sentiment that the mentally ill don’t belong in jail because it is too costly and because it criminalizes behavior[Read More…]

Will the proposed trade agreement be another bad deal for black workers?

  Previous deals have cost black workers hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs African Americans have lost 281,000 manufacturing jobs since China joined the World Trade Organization   By Frederick H. Lowe President Barack Obama is seeking Congressional authority to move quickly on  the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement, but if TPP is anything like earlier contracts, black workers will[Read More…]

United States Military Academy honors Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

  Classmates didn’t speak to Davis when he was a West Point cadet By Frederick H. Lowe The United States Military Academy is erecting cadet barracks that will be named in honor of Four-Star General Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the fourth African-American and the first in the 20th century to graduate from West Point. The barracks, which will house 650[Read More…]

It’s Sweet Home Chicago for President Obama’s Presidential Library

The foundation  also will maintain offices in New York and Hawaii By Frederick H. Lowe After weeks of  speculative newspaper articles and rumors, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made it official on Tuesday, announcing that the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago’s South Side, where the president worked as a community organizer and was[Read More…]

Police killed 101 Civilians in April

At least 30 black men were killed in April, the equivalent of one each day for the month, but because the race of many victims wasn’t known, there may be more African-American victims of police violence. By Frederick H. Lowe The website Killed by Police reported on Friday that cops killed 101 civilians in April, down from 115 in March,[Read More…]

Loretta Lynch was Sworn in Monday as U.S. Attorney General

The U.S. Senate approved her nomination on Thursday Loretta Elizabeth Lynch was sworn in Monday as the nation’s 83rd U.S. Attorney General and the first African-American woman to head the U.S. Justice Department (see today’s video). The U.S. Senate voted 56 to 43 on Thursday to confirm Lynch. When the vote was announced, ending the five-month delay, the gallery burst[Read More…]

Locked Behind Bars and Out of Reach of Social Security

  By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—In an unprecedented move, Chicago officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million in reparations to black men who spent decades in prison after police tortured them into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. Although each man could receive as much as $100,000 before taxes, the settlement points to another major financial roadblock a corrupt and[Read More…]

Drought-Stricken California Gets Mandatory Water Reductions

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., who is trying to marshal his forces to control the state’s historic drought, on Wednesday issued an executive order to prevent wasteful water usage. The order includes the first-ever statewide mandatory water-use reductions. Gov. Brown also wants to streamline the state’s drought response and to invest in new technologies that will make California more[Read More…]

Texas Tech to Award a Honorary Degree to a Wrongfully Convicted Student

By Frederick H. Lowe Texas Tech University’s Board of Regents has voted to award an honorary degree to Timothy Cole, a former business student who died in a Texas prison for the crime he didn’t commit. School officials expelled Cole in 1985 after he was charged with raping Michele Mallin, another student. A jury in Lubbock, Texas, convicted Cole, 26,[Read More…]