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 ...

Protesters take aim at Walmart worker wages

As shoppers parted with their paychecks in the Black Friday shopping frenzy, across the United States staked out space in front of Walmart stores, calling for the chain to provide better pay and benefits to its employees.

Activists keep immigration reform in national spotlight

In many ways, 2013 should have been a good year for immigration reform advocates. The Senate voted in June on immigration reform legislation that would grant the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. temporary legal status and ...

Mass. Senate votes to hike minimum wage to $11

With labor activists planning a ballot referendum to raise the state’s minimum wage underway, the state Senate passed a bill that would raise minimum wage from the current $8 an hour to $11 by 2016.

Immigration policies raise Latino prison population

Deportation is clearly not punishment enough for the Obama administration. Not only has President Obama deported more people in his tenure than in any of his predecessors, his administration is responsible for the most aggressive spike in federal prosecutions of ...