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Health as a Civil Right: Social Justice Leadership in HIV

In the United States, African Americans still face a higher risk of HIV infection than any other racial or ethnic group as evidenced by AIDSVu.org (hyper link on Monday), an online mapping tool that provides a visual display of the prevalence of HIV. Black men and women of all ages and sexual orientations are less likely than other Americans to know they are infected, are diagnosed late and are less likely to be receiving treatment. We cannot continue to tolerate these disparities


Investing in Prisons Over Education is not Being Smart on Crime

What does it mean to be "tough on crime"? Does "toughness" depend on how many people we imprison? Or should the indicator be whether our society combats crime at its root? Current policies point directly at the former option, but we need to be smarter on crime.


Civil Rights Community Gathers at the LCCHR Dinner

This year, the honorees included Richard Trumka, Shirley Sherrod, and Joe Solmonese.


Operation Bike Week Justice

For the seventh consecutive year, the NAACP will monitor motorcyle events in Myrtle Beach, SC to ensure all tourists are treated fairly and equally regardless of race.


Y75: the NAACP Membership Challenge

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Youth & College Division, the NAACP has launched the first National Membership Campaign of the year.


Health Care Reform and HIV/AIDS

Black people continue to bear the brunt of the AIDS epidemic; we are also being rocked by the economic recession. As Black families lose their homes, jobs, and health insurance, it is critical that a bigger and stronger safety-net be available. The health care reform legislation passed last year is a major step towards health-related security for all Black Americans especially those living with HIV/AIDS.


NAACP, Google and Howard Law school discuss: “Civil Rights, The Internet and Entrepreneurship”

The NAACP and Howard University Law School's Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice teamed up with Google To discuss "Civil Rights, The Internet and Entrepreneurship" A Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurship in the African American Community. This panel discussion was held on Capitol Hill with representation from the Music, Fashion and Blogging industries.


Video: Ben Jealous and the Scott Sisters on the Mo’Nique Show

On Wed., May 11 Ben Jealous made an appearance on BET’s Mo’Nique Show, along with Jamie and Gladys Scott—the two sisters recently released from a Mississippi prison after a nationwide campaign for their freedom.


Nature’s Fury—Chronicling the Devastating Effects of Climate Change in the US South

On my tour of Alabama's tornado ravaged communities, I heard stories of triumph and stories of tragedy, stories of miracles and many stories of resilience.


Health Care Reform and Essential Benefits

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers hope to millions of Americans who will gain insurance coverage under it; and the definition of essential benefits plays a crucial role in turning that hope into a useful reality. As Secretary Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said recently:


Homeownership Should Not Become Impossible Dream

Homeownership has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support, but different families and communities have experienced homeownership differently. The lingering subprime and foreclosure crisis has brought this truth into stark relief: otherwise-qualified borrowers were steered into subprime loans.


Yale, Howard University Debate Teams Square off in DC

On April 30, 2011, the Yale University Debate team made the 6-hour trek to Washington DC to take on the Howard University Debate Team in the 3rd Annual "Great Debate".


Pennsylvania NAACP, Students Stand in Support of Education

On April 26, thousands of students, administrators and public officials from across Pennsylvania gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in response to proposed statewide education budgets cuts that will exceed $1.2 billion.


Black Men, Manhood and Mercy: Their thoughts on HIV and AIDS

In February 2011 I began a project asking 200 Black men “What comes to mind when you think about HIV and AIDS?” Ages 18 to 60, participants hailed from L.A., Baltimore, DC, Oakland, Detroit, Atlanta, New York, Miami and Chicago. None worked in the health field or HIV industry. Responses to the question varied, but not by much. A typical reply was “I think of homosexuality,” said one 30ish gentleman, waiting at Atlanta's Hartsfield airport for a flight to Dallas. “That’s mostly who has it. Right? That’s what I heard.” I then asked, “If that were true what would you do about it?” Suddenly, he was speechless. Conspicuously, I anticipated his reply. “What can I do about that?” he finally said. I asked, “Is that a real question, because you care, or was it rhetorical?” Appearing to second guess himself, he responded, “Man, I gotta catch my flight. It was cool talking with you. Peace.”


Black Men Who Don’t Have Sex with Men: “The Forgotten Population in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS”

As we enter into our thirtieth year of the HIV/AIDS pandemic here in America, I’m still hearing many researchers, men who have sex with men (MSM), HIV activists, the infected and the affected asking the same question; “Where are the heterosexual (non-MSM) Black men, and why aren’t they doing more to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the Black community?”


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