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Polls: public confidence in government down

According to several recent polls, Americans’ trust in the government and belief that it can solve pressing problems — the economy, health care and the budget — is at an all-time low. But pundits suggest this is no surprise on ...

Family advocates pushing agenda in federal budget

At a congressional briefing last week, children’s advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children, in conjunction with advocacy group MomsRising, presented the results of a nationwide poll that found bipartisan public support for protecting funding for children’s programs in the ...

College pricing now mirrors holiday retail sales pitches

You know all those seemingly great sales during the holidays? It turns out, they are often a "carefully engineered illusion." A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal defines what it calls "retail theater," noting that often the discounts being ...

Estelle ‘Rae’ Coleman, 91, was pioneer in banking world

Estelle Rematha Coleman peacefully passed away at Sunnyvale Health Care Center (Sunnyvale, Calif.) on Dec. 24, 2013, at the age of 92. She was born on Sept. 16, 1921 to Geneva Wiggins and Grady Battle in Zebulon, N.C. At the ...

Study: Credit card debt higher for U.S. black middle class

African-Americans have been pummeled by the recent financial crisis, including facing the most adverse consequences of credit card debt and higher interest rates, according to a recently released study by the NAACP and Demos, a U.S.-based research and policy center.

Dr. Kenneth Edelin, advocate for women’s right to abortion, health care, 74

Prominent obstetrician and women’s rights advocate Dr. Kenneth Edelin died Monday in Sarasota, Fla. after a battle with cancer. He was 74 years old.

Blacks, Latinos, Asians lagging in pension, retirement savings

“People of color face particularly severe challenges in preparing for retirement,” states a new report titled “Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States” by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS).

Year in Review: Politics of polarization dominated U.S. news

On the national stage, the politics of polarization were on display with Democrats and Republicans locking horns over the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, voting rights laws and myriad other issues.

HUD cracks down on Dallas for housing discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has accused Dallas, one of the nation’s largest cities, of violating civil rights law through housing practices that discriminated against black, Latino and disabled residents.

New Ford Foundation head Darren Walker talks about social justice

In September, Darren Walker became the second African American and tenth president of the Ford Foundation, America’s second largest philanthropy organization with $500 million in annual giving. He speaks about his new role at Ford and the organization’s overall efforts.

Tibet called ‘training ground’ for more Chinese expansion

The Tibetan human rights activist, Lhadon Tethong, speaking to an audience of Harvard students, denounces the incursion of Chinese mining companies, citing their corrosive influence on the economy, the environment and the rule of law. But most of all, on ...

Nelson Mandela’s words inspired a generation of activists

The first time I read the writings of Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned South African leader of the anti-apartheid struggle, was in 1983 at my new boarding school outside Johannesburg.

Mourning an icon: Nelson Mandela dead at 95

On Feb. 11, 1990, South African political leader Nelson Mandela walked out of a prison after 27 years to fulfill his mission: dismantling the country’s apartheid regime. By 1994 the Nobel Prize winner had achieved just that by establishing the ...

Nelson Mandela: Beloved in Boston

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela achieved mythical status through the astonishing feat of removing the chains of bondage from both the oppressed and the oppressor.

Government shutdown pushed retailers to Black Friday frenzy

Workers who earn minimum wage at retailers open on Thanksgiving Day can thank fallout from the government shutdown for being on the job that day. A record number of retailers allowed consumers to spend during an unprecedented number of hours ...