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President Barack Obama meets Ethiopian
President Mulatu Teshome. Photo courtesy
of www.haaretz.com.

President and Barbara Lee Visit Ethiopia and Kenya Obama: “I’m Proud To Be the First Kenyan-American President”

  By NBC News and Post Staff President Barack Obama spoke proudly of his Kenyan heritage before a raucous and affectionate crowd in Nairobi.   “I am proud to be the first American president to [...]
President Obama visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP.

President Obama Speaks at Federal Prison, Calls for Criminal Justice Reform First President to Visit a Prison

President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma on Thursday, July 16, becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo courtesy of Evan Vucci / AP.

Obama: People Should Be Punished, But Not Sentenced to Life

Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post   The criminal justice system is “particularly skewed by race and by wealth,” President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in a speech at the NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, [...]
At least eight churches have been set on fire in southern states in the week after the killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Government Response to Church Burnings Must Have “Real Teeth,” Say Clergy

The discussion of entrenched racism in America is intensifying in the wake of the recent killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a young white supremacist, followed by fires [...]
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was appointed as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Baltimore Mayor to Lead U.S. Conference of Mayors

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.   Outgoing president Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appointed her as head of the nonpartisan organization during the 83rd annual four-day [...]
Dontre Hamilton. (Photo: AP Photo/Family photo courtesy of Dameion Perkins)

OP-ED: Police Must Stop Killing Mentally Ill Citizens

By Gwen Moore     The life of a man with schizophrenia, 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton, ended after he was struck by 14 bullets from a Milwaukee police officer’s handgun on April 30, 2014. The lethal [...]
Affordable housing complex in Oakland.

OP-ED: We Must Build Pathways Out of Poverty

By Congresswoman Barbara Lee   An article in the recent Post Newspaper, “Oakland is Losing Its Racial, Age and Economic Diversity,” highlights the growing crisis of income inequality in our communities and our country.