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The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee).
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Lawyers’ Committee Strongly Urges Congress to Pass The Democracy Restoration Act
Originally published April 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2014 - The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) issued the statement below following yesterday’s introduction of the Democracy Restoration Act ,S. 2235, by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). The bill is aimed at restoring voting rights in federal elections to individuals convicted of felonies after they have served their sentence and been released from incarceration:more More Arrow
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Editorial

AFRO Editors: Greg Dale, news editor; Avis Thomas-Lester, executive editor; Rev. Dorothy Boulware,  managing editor; Ronald Taylor, copy editor.
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The AFRO American Newspapers.
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Essential personnel are allowed into the closed Washington Navy Yard in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, the day after a gunman launched an attack inside the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallways at the heavily secured military installation in the heart of the nation's capital.
- Monday’s shooting rampage at the Navy Yard, when 13 people and the alleged gunman, Aaron Alexis of Ft. Worth, Texas, were killed, was yet another a stark and painful reminder for those of us who live, work and play in the “DMV” [District-Maryland-Virginia] region that we live at Ground Zero and tragedy can strike without whisper or warning.more More Arrow

Former D.C. Councilman Frank Smith.
- Now what? Now that the marching is over, the fond memories relived and a king’s dream revived, how to generate and sustain a renewed movement for justice, jobs and freedom? This is the burning question facing African Americans today who must turn fondness for the past into faith and action for the future.more More Arrow

Lea Adams Ashby and Wally Ashby at the DC Statehood rally before the 5oth anniv March on Washington.
- When she was a couple of months shy of 16, Lea Adams ’s father, Joel, a rare African American who carried the rank of U.S. Army colonel, took her to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.more More Arrow
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Republican Congressman Allen West
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain
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- A timeline of actions by our Presidents which helped the United States land in the economic situation it is in today, going back to Ronald Reagan.more More Arrow
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Commentary

Hakim Hazim is the founder of Relevant Now and co-founder of Freedom Squared. He is a nationally recognized expert in decision analysis, criminality and security.
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U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings represents Maryland's 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
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Dr. John L. Hudgins is co-director of Human Services Administration and associate professor of sociology at Coppin State University.
- There has been a concerted effort by the State of Maryland and the University System of Maryland (USM) to portray Coppin State University as a dysfunctional institution of higher education. While the Judge (Blake) was still deliberating the current HBCU lawsuit, the University System hastily put together a review (Special) committee to ostensibly investigate the university.more More Arrow

Bill Spriggs is the chief economist for the AFL-CIO. You can follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs.
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Dr. Kenneth Morgan is a professor at Coppin State University. Photos. Maryland HBCU's
- My dear esteemed Maryland HBI presidents Neufville, Wilson, Burnim and Bell; I speak to you as an oppressed nationality, a 44-year supporter and activist of civil and human rights, and an historically black institution (HBI) faculty member.more More Arrow