Daily Archive: July 25, 2010


Rebuilding after Katrina, East New Orleans to get new hospital

(NNPA) – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans to deliver a full-service hospital in New Orleans East. After renegotiating a flawed real-estate deal with Universal Health Services (UHS), Landrieu announced that the City will purchase the Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital site for $16.25 million – representing a cost of $23.75 million in savings for the real estate deal alone. Landrieu laid out a plan to renovate and open the hospital for a projected cost of $110 million – resulting in projected total savings of $53 million for the taxpayers.


Wall Street reform: A genuine people’s victory

by Charlene Crowell (NNPA) – Last week’s media hype on Ms. Shirley Sherrod and the Department of Agriculture obliterated what should have been a triumphant moment for the nation: the President’s signing of the historic Dodd-Frank bill and the creation of a new bureau dedicated to consumer protection. As with all major legislation, a signing ceremony still occurred; but its significance was dwarfed by the tabloid effects of the Sherrod incident.


Some Blacks remain victims of Neo-Slavery in the American South

by Brian E. Muhammad and Richard B. Muhammad Though called by other names, poor Blacks are kept in bondage today in the United States COLUMBIA, S.C. (NNPA) – Nearly 150 years after Emancipation, trapped by extreme poverty, isolation, fear and shame, some Blacks remain victims of neo-slavery in rural areas of the South, locked into work in fields, factories and assorted industries. While not bought and sold at auction block, these poor Blacks are forced to work, live in shacks, often have no indoor plumbing and are often trapped in peonage, tied to land where they owe owners debts that are never repaid, according to an activist and researcher. Some Blacks are even forced to pay rent to White landowners for dilapidated housing but are fearful of identifying landlords and owners.