Democrat Jahana Hayes goes ‘full steam’ in historic race for Congress

Team Hayes brought out the bullhorn. A League of Women Voters debate was starting in an hour in Danbury, Conn., so a crew of volunteers set up on the side of the road, waving campaign signs at passing cars and chanting about change. “Who’s going to bring it? Jahana!” the cheer went. Volunteer Mary Weber, 66, … More Democrat Jahana Hayes goes ‘full steam’ in historic race for Congress

Zest, grit and more: School tries new approach to closing the achievement gap in Portland

They showed up for a recent Portland school board meeting by the dozen wearing black T-shirts with the words “Black Students Matter” emblazoned in green and yellow across their chess. Students, parents, community members and activists alike, all to support a small public charter school in North Portland: Kairos PDX. For the second year in … More Zest, grit and more: School tries new approach to closing the achievement gap in Portland

Black women entrepreneurs start small businesses to close the wealth gap

Despite shrinking income and education gaps between white and non-white families, black families in the United States still trail others in wealth accumulation, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said in a recent report. Although black wealth increased at a faster rate than white wealth in 2016, blacks still owned less than … More Black women entrepreneurs start small businesses to close the wealth gap

Portland racial nonprofit seeks to heal communities with Reparations Power Hour

The concept of repaying African-Americans for generations of slavery began even before the end of the Civil War. The argument is that generations of enslavement and unpaid labor created an irreparable wealth gap. But how to erase that legacy of unfairness is an open question. The talk back then was of providing everyone 40 acres and a … More Portland racial nonprofit seeks to heal communities with Reparations Power Hour

Grassroots approach boosted black voters’ turnout in primary — What about midterms?

After the August 2018 primaries, it’s clear many people — young, black and progressive — played a major role in helping former Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell defeat incumbent St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic race. “We’re saying bye to Bob and ushering in, hopefully, a new era in prosecutor politics,” Rodney Brown … More Grassroots approach boosted black voters’ turnout in primary — What about midterms?

Lowering Infant Mortality By Supporting Black Mothers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes and the rate of infant mortality for black infants is almost double that of white infants. An organization in Kansas City is trying to turn those numbers around. Kimberly Hardeman … More Lowering Infant Mortality By Supporting Black Mothers

Communities Of Color Struggling But Ignored In The Opioid Crisis

Edward Waters has been dealing with pain all his life. He has sickle cell anemia, an inherited condition that causes blood cells that are usually round and flexible to take a crescent moon shape. Those cells don’t pass through the veins easily and block oxygen to areas of the body, causing severe pain. Waters’ pain was controlled … More Communities Of Color Struggling But Ignored In The Opioid Crisis

Reaction or Riot? Kansas City, Fifty Years After The Slaying Of Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 9, 1968, five days after the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil unrest in response to long-standing racial tension broke out in Kansas City. But what really happened 50 years ago? Last week, KCUR hosted the panel “Reaction or Riot?: Understanding 1968 in Kansas City” for community members to share their … More Reaction or Riot? Kansas City, Fifty Years After The Slaying Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Census 2020: Africans, African-Americans consider how to respond to questions about origins

The 2020 census is still two years away, but there is plenty of buzz about what the federal survey will ask, including questions about citizenship and country of origin. For the first time, people will be able to write in their origins in a blank box on the census instead of just checking a race. … More Census 2020: Africans, African-Americans consider how to respond to questions about origins

Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny

This story was selected as a finalist in the 2018 ArchCity Defenders “Excellence in Poverty” Awards!  St. Louis public safety officials want city residents to know people jailed at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution are treated humanely despite allegations to the contrary. In March, the mayor’s spokesman invited reporters to tour the jail — … More Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny

A Vestige Of NE Portland Is Gone: Albina Community Bank

When Stephen Green joined the staff at Albina Community Bank, there was no mistaking that the bank was steeped in the community. “I was in for Albina when I heard the question in the interview, ‘Where do you volunteer in Northeast Portland?’” Green said. “That said thousands of words about the organization.” Green is an entrepreneur and … More A Vestige Of NE Portland Is Gone: Albina Community Bank

Program Aims To Teach White Liberals How To Talk About Race

After the 2016 presidential election, David Campt realized America had a bigger problem than he’d thought. “Before the election I perceived, ‘Oooh there’s a whole bunch of angry white people, and Trump represents their anger. And man, they are about to lose big,” he said. “After Trump won, I realized we’ve had a massive white ally fail, … More Program Aims To Teach White Liberals How To Talk About Race