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Wyclef: Help needed to evacuate people from Port-Au-Prince
NEW YORK ( - Haitian born musician and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wyclef Jean told a packed room of reporters during a press conference here that he was asked by the president of the devastated Caribbean nation to help with a plan to evacuate at least two million Haitians out of Port-au-Prince. (Photo of Student Min. Hafeez & Wyclef) Jan 19, 2010

Muslims condemn Post’s 'Jihad Train' smear
NEW YORK ( - The New York Post on July 21 ran a front page headline claiming that a popular Brooklyn imam was a supporter of terrorism. The story was related to an ad campaign which is slated to begin in September to coincide with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Aug 12, 2008, 02:39 pm

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Muslims, activists mobilize to stop NY violence
NEW YORK ( - Pressure continues to mount in New York over a recent spike in gun violence. There have been marches, vigils, town hall meetings and press conferences—but people say they want action, not talk.
Jun 19, 2008, 01:29 pm

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A Tragic Injustice: Judge acquits officers in shooting death of Sean Bell
NEW YORK - The streets of New York City remain quiet after the acquital of NYPD detectives who fired 50 shots, killing unarmed Sean Bell and wounding two of his unarmed friends. But the Rev. Al Sharpton and other activists vow to shut the city down through acts of civil disobedience. “We strategically know how to stop the city so it will stand and realize that you do not have the right to shoot down unarmed innocent civilians with no probable cause,” the Rev. Sharpton told a standing room only gathering.
May 6, 2008, 02:34 pm

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Father in Long Island ‘lynch mob’ trial sentenced
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - Convicted of second degree manslaughter John White, 54, has been sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a drunken White teenager. Suffolk County Judge Barbara Kahn broke down the sentence on March 20.
Apr 3, 2008, 10:30 am

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New York gets first Black governor
NEW YORK ( - David Alexander Paterson, 53, has become the first Black governor of the state of New York, the third Black man since Reconstruction to serve in that capacity. Deval Patrick is presently the governor of Massachusetts, and L. Douglas Wilder served Virginia, leaving office in 1994.
Mar 28, 2008, 04:39 pm

Health & Fitness
Healthy Lifestyles Lead to Happier Lives
( - In the midst of the confusion about what’s healthy and what is not, people came to the one place where they can get the truth, a Saviours' Day 2008 health workshop.
Mar 10, 2008, 09:39 am

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Hundreds turn out for ‘Free John White’ rally
RIVERHEAD, Long Island, N.Y. ( - Chanting “Free John White!” “Free John White!” hundreds of demonstrators, Black, White and Latino, answered a call from the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to show up in front of the Suffolk County courthouse to protest the guilty verdict against John White, 54, of Miller Place, Long Island.
Jan 17, 2008, 01:27 pm

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Will deadly clash with White mob send devoted father to jail?
MILLER PLACE, Long Island, N.Y. ( - John White has done everything expected of a good man in American society. He has been married 34 years, paid his taxes on time, pushed his three sons to get educated, worked at the same job for 25 years, and attends church every Sunday. The devoted father and husband will also be sentenced Feb. 21 for the fatal shooting of a White teenager, who was part of a mob that showed up at his suburban home threatening his son Aaron and his wife.
Jan 10, 2008, 10:08 pm

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Police violence escalates in New York
NEW YORK ( - “We demand that policing which only serves to brutalize and terrorize communities of color must stop,” said an internet message from Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability, a grassroots coalition of anti-police brutality organizations.
Dec 4, 2007, 11:36 am

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12th Anniversary of Million Man March, Holy Day of Atonement observed nationwide
ATLANTA ( - To commemorate the 12th Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan completed six days of activities in what was his heaviest schedule of appearances and events since undergoing a 14-hour surgery less than one year ago.
Nov 1, 2007, 02:03 pm

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A Day of Outrage for decency
CHICAGO ( - Corporate media conglomerates were issued a direct challenge on Aug. 7 as the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) coordinated simultaneous protests themed “A Day of Outrage” in 20 cities across the United States. The protests were primarily aimed at record companies and industry executives in a high stakes battle against those corporate interests profiting from the sale of records with degrading lyrics.
Aug 26, 2007, 05:15 pm

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Introducing ‘a torchlight’ at annual Harlem Book Fair
NEW YORK ( - On July 21, participants of the 9th Annual Harlem Book Fair filled the area of West 135th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevards in Harlem) to visit hundreds of booths offering books, story-telling, readings, and opportunities to meet and greet authors on four stages featuring spoken word poets, celebrities and music.
Aug 24, 2007, 02:11 pm

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Street naming debate shows racial divide in NYC
NEW YORK ( - There is an ongoing debate in the chambers of the New York City Council over the co-naming of four blocks of a Brooklyn street after activist leader, Abubadika “Sonny” Carson, who died in 2002.
May 26, 2007, 02:57 pm

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Sean Bell: Tip of iceberg in NYC police murder culture
NEW YORK ( - The murder of Sean Bell on November 25, 2006 is not an abberation, according to community and social activists. In fact, they say when the dots are connected in a socio/political context, it is easy to understand why only people of color are shot down in New York City streets like dogs.
Apr 16, 2007, 07:18 pm

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Miracles can happen
By the time Derrick Black and Sonya Muhammad learned that there was a freezing rain advisory in Dover, Ohio and people were warned not be out, they had already slid on a patch of black ice, crashed into the mountains that lined I-77 North and flipped over several times.
Mar 28, 2007, 12:03 pm

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Youth Conference 2007: On the road to leadership
DETROIT ( - Youth from all walks of life throughout the country and world convened for the second annual Saviours’ Day Youth Conference. With the mission of providing spiritual, moral, socio-economic and educational empowerment for youth in the Nation of Islam and the community at-large, this year’s gathering was a powerhouse of knowledge, fellowship and straight talk.
Mar 3, 2007, 02:38 pm

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New York: Marching for justice and change
NEW YORK ( - Some 40,000 people marched down the city’s famed Fifth Avenue on Dec. 16 to register their discontent with the recent rash of police shootings. The latest shooting that has captured the attention of the world is the killing of 23-year-old Sean Bell in the early morning of Nov. 25, outside of a Queens club.
Jan 3, 2007, 11:46 am

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Artists, activists speak out for a national health plan
NEW YORK ( - Michigan Congressman John Conyers (D) has been burning up his frequent flier miles holding nationwide hearings on the need for a national health plan.  “We want the word ‘profit’ taken out of health care,” insisted Rep. Conyers. “That is why the first issue on my agenda is a national health care plan.”
May 29, 2006, 12:08 pm

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Millions More Movement continues to organize in the South
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ( - The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the Millions More Movement hosted its second Southern regional meeting on Apr. 1 at Christ Temple Deliverance. LOCs from Atlanta and Memphis and a special regional guest, the Jacksonville, Fla. LOC, attended.
Apr 24, 2006, 05:45 pm

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Moving beyond marching?
Co-conveners answer tough questions
NEW YORK ( - Community leaders and supporters filled Elks Plaza, anxious to hear the answer to the question, “Can marching save us?” during a recent forum with several national co-conveners of the Millions More Movement and New York organizers.
Jul 8, 2005, 01:47 am