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Day: July 16, 2020

Study: More than Half of U.S. Students Experience Summer Learning

Washington, July 9, 2020—Following U.S. students across five summers between grades 1 and 6, a little more than half (52 percent) experienced learning losses in all five summers, according to a large national study recently published. Students in this group lost an average of 39 percent of their total school year gains during each summer. The study […]Read More

The Truth Behind ’40 Acres and a Mule’

We’ve all heard the story of the “40 acres and a mule” promise to former slaves…The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of reparations to newly freed slaves, and it was astonishingly radical for its time, proto-socialist in its implications. In fact, such a policy would be radical in any country […]Read More

Black Activists, Electeds Weigh in On Police Reforms, Gun Violence

By Ariama C. Long, KCP Gun violence in New York City shows no sign of slowing down with 28 shootings, 45 victims, and two deaths citywide this past weekend; and 41 shootings, 49 victims and 8 murders total in Brooklyn since July 4th, according to police records [this does not include last night’s shootings of […]Read More

Fostering Confidence in the Community: An Interview with Barber Christian

Chi OsséOur Time Press Since I was nine years old, I have called the Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights area home. The deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have inspired deeper conversations around BLM, policing, and proper local investment. Now it’s more important than ever to ask ourselves what we want and need within […]Read More

The Two Bed Stuys

I spent my Sunday afternoon having a wonderful at-home brunch with some friends on the deck of my girlfriend’s house in Bed Stuy. It was just us and two other couples… our quarantine bubble. We bought wine from Bed Vyne Wine and Spirits over on Tompkins, and we cooked food and played this game called […]Read More

What’s Going On

The Asheville, North Carolina unanimously passed a resolution on July 14 which supports reparations for its Black residents, encouraging the state to follow suit.The resolution officially apologized for slavery and segregation; however there will not be any direct monies paid to local Blacks. The City Council will invest in and allocate monies to address local […]Read More

The View From Here

I spent about 2 hours watching fox & Friends this morning and it is obvious why it’s Trump’s favorite show. The coronavirus pandemic not only did not lead the news, it was mentioned only with one emergency room doctor in a Houston interview. Not mentioned were any statistics on the spiking of deaths in Texas, […]Read More

Supreme Court Ruling Reaffirms Boundaries for Oklahoma Tribe

WASHINGTON — In a decision being hailed as a win for tribal sovereignty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 9 that a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains a reservation.In the 5-4 decision, the nation’s highest court said Congress never explicitly disestablished the 1866 boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. “Today we are asked whether […]Read More