Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officers uncovered a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation in a warehouse near Downtown L.A., including over 1,500 pounds of pot and several guns. [ more › ] [SOURCE: LAist Read more [...]
Love in the Stacks: Some Thoughts on Black History Monthby Mark Anthony Neal | NewBlackMan (in Exile) February 1st marked the start of another Black History Month, an event that began, humbly enough, as Negro History Month in 1926 at the behest of Historian Carter G. Woodson, also the founder of the Association for the Study of African American (Negro) Life and History (ASALH). Eighty-seven years after that first commemoration—Woodson chose February as way to acknowledge the birthdays of Read more [...]
Democracy Now:After losing both her father and her brother to gun violence in St. Louis, and later being victimized by domestic violence, Goldie Taylor purchased a gun for her own protection. On Monday, three days after the Newtown massacre, Taylor wrote: "After my father and brother were murdered, owning a gun made me feel secure. Now it's time to give it up." [SOURCE: NewBlackMan (in Exile) Read more [...]
Democracy Now Fast food workers walked off the job New York City Thursday to hold a series of rallies and picket lines in what has been called the largest series of worker actions ever to hit the country's fast-food industry. Hundreds of workers at dozens of restaurants owned by McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell and others went on strike and rallied in a bid for fair pay and union recognition. Organizers with the Fast Food Forward campaign are seeking an increased pay Read more [...]
School Closings and Public Policy—The Anatomy of A Catastropheby Mark Naison | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile)School closings, the threat of which hang over Chicago public schools, and which have been a central feature of Bloomberg educational policies in New York, are perhaps the most controversial features of the Obama Administration’s “Race to the Top” initiative. The idea of closing low performing schools, designated as such entirely on the basis of student test scores, removing Read more [...]
Why was a respected pediatrician and Harvard professor forced to resign from his government post?