Newswire : Nigeria seeks identity of traffickers who let 26 Nigerian women drown at sea

Saving Nigerians lost at sea
Nigerians trying to get rescued at sea

Nov. 13, 2017 (GIN) – Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), is calling for an international inquiry to identify and prosecute the traffickers behind the recent deaths of 26 Nigerian women on the Italian coast city of Salerno.

According to NAPTIP, the number of deaths of Nigerians on the Mediterranean Sea runs into thousands.

There should be “a high level investigation by the United Nations (into) this incident and others along the Mediterranean region”, the agency said. “We need to know the identities of the owners of the rickety boats as well as their owners, so they can be prosecuted.”

The central Mediterranean route from the coast of Libya to Italy is currently the principle route of undocumented migrants, most of whom are Nigerians. Numbers have increased because of unemployment and recession in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, 13 European and African ministers met this week and pledged steps to ease the migrant crisis around the Mediterranean, vowing especially to improve conditions for migrants held in Libya.

Mali’s Minister for African Integration, Abdramane Sylla, welcomed the joint efforts to stop the humanitarian tragedy. Illegal migration and human trafficking must be tackled, he said, but in the long run European countries must offer more visas to allow for legal paths of migration.

Swiss human rights organizations, however, were unconvinced by the proposals. Solidarity Without Borders, for one, dismissed the conference as a talk shop, pointing out that European countries cooperate with regimes guilty of crimes against human rights.

“The main problem (with current migration policy) is that it fights the symptoms rather than the causes,” said Dr. Lutz Oette, director of the Center for Human Rights Law at SOAS, University of London. “It does so by partnering with governments in a region that has serious governance and human rights problems. So it’s very unlikely that you can actually combat trafficking and smuggling, as long as the actual root causes are still in place.”

Newswire : The economy added more than 260,000 jobs in October, but Black unemployment rate jumped

By Frederick H. Lowe
Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from
( – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for black men 20-years old and older rose in October, although the nation’s nonfarm businesses added 261,000 jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.
The jobless rate for black men was 7.5 percent in October compared to 6.7 percent in September. Unemployment for black men was lower than it was a year ago this month when it was 8.8 percent.
The unemployment rate for black women 20 years old and older in October was 6.4 percent compared to 6.0 percent in September. The jobless rate for black women was lower than it was a year earlier this month when it was 7.1 percent.
The overall seasonally adjusted black unemployment rate in October was 7.5 percent compared to 6.7 percent in September. A year ago, this month, the overall jobless rate for blacks was 8.6 percent.
The jobless rate for blacks was higher than any other ethnic or racial group during October, according to BLS. For whites, it was 3.8 percent. Asians reported a 3.1 percent unemployment rate and Hispanics reported a 4.8 percent jobless rate.
The overall unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent.
In October, job gains occurred in food services and bars offsetting a decline in jobs caused by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Job gains also occurred in professional business services, manufacturing and health care.

TSPSL donates two All Terrain Vehicles to Sheriff Department

Sheriff and 4 wheeler

Cutline: L to R: Sheriff Jonathan Benison, Shelia Smith with the Tommy Summerville Police Support League, Chief Deputy Jeremy Rancher, Cpl K-9 Deputy LaJeffery Carpenter, Deputy K-9 Benny.


Two All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) were recently donated to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. The two 2018 Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. Four Wheelers were donated by the Tommy Summerville Police Support League which is the charity at The Palace Bingo, the latest electronic bingo entity licensed by Sheriff Benison.
The ATVs will be used to assist deputies on Project Life Saver and K-9 searches, rescues and when needed as crowd control at special events as well as during incidents such as severe weather. They may also be used in ares of high crime for off road surveillance by law enforcement officers.
Sheriff Benison stated: “This is just another example of how Amendment 743 Electronic Bingo is vital to our community. Through my rules and regulations the TSPSL was able to have the funds to provide my department with this equipment and we appreciate them for it. We will now be able to go into places our everyday vehicles wouldn’t allow. This advancement cuts down on the time it takes to get to individuals in emergency situations.”

Community Conversation urges political participation on Dec. 12 to deal with community issues

Doug Jones

U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones addresses community meeting in Greene County

A ‘Community Conversation’ on Monday, October 30, 2017, at the Eutaw Activity Center sponsored by Greene County Chapter of Alabama New South Alliance, supported by the Greene County Chapter of Alabama Democratic Conference and other groups, heard from community leaders, elected officials, ordinary citizens and a special guest.
The conversation dealt with three important issues – supporting the Greene County Health System, providing more recreational and educational opportunities for young people and involving more people in voting and the democratic process.

Doug Jones, Democratic candidate for the U. S. Senate, in the December 12 Special Election, attended the meeting and made some remarks in support of his election.
Greetings were given by State Senator Bobby Singleton and State Representative Artis J. McCampbell. Both legislators strongly endorsed Jones and urged voters to participate and vote in the December 12 Special Election.
Commissioner Allen Turner, District 4 County Commissioner gave the occasion for the meeting suggesting that the community must participate and get involved and offer leadership and direction in solving problems facing Greene County.
John Zippert, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greene County Health System, reviewed some of the problems facing the Hospital, Nursing Home and Physicians Clinic. He said that some of the financial problems of the health system came from Federal health-care uncertainties and the failure of the State of Alabama to extend Medicaid but the rest was our local responsibility in Greene County. He said, “ if we don’t use our health care system –we will surely lose it. We have doctors, facilities and services in Greene County which we need to use first before we go elsewhere to get our healthcare.”
Lorenzo French discussed the importance of providing more recreational opportunities for young people in the county. He said that he was committed to starting a little league baseball team in the coming year. French’s comments set off an animated discussion by others on the problems of Greene County in providing adequate recreation and sports activities to involve young people. A committee was proposed as a way for more people to get involved in working to provide opportunities for young people.
Sara Duncan and Commissioner Lester Brown spoke on the importance of voting and getting people registered and prepared to vote in the December 12th Special Election.
Duncan says that she encounters many people who tell her voting doesn’t matter, it won’t change things and that their vote doesn’t count. “I am very patient with these people. I talk to them about the struggle and history of voting in Greene County and the relationship of voting to the progress we have made in Greene County.”
After talking some will agree to register.
Lester Brown said, “ The Special Election on December 12 is critical to opening the doors for Democratic candidates to run in 2018 for Governor and other state offices. We must work to get everyone to vote in this Special Election. Absentee and Walk-in voting are available right now, starting today, at the Circuit Clerk’s Office in the Courthouse. If you plan to be out of town on Election Day, you can walk-in to the Clerk’s office and vote early. This is a sure way to make sure you vote and have your vote counted.”
Doug Jones, Democratic candidate for U. S. Senate, spoke at the end of the meeting. “I am glad that I attended this meeting and listened to the people of Greene County talk about some of the problems and issues in Greene County. This is not my last meeting or visit to Greene County. I will be back here after I am elected to work with you on the problems.”
Jones said his staff advised him, when he was U. S. Attorney that prosecuting the Klu Klux Klan for the bombing and murders at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was a ‘long-shot’. “We took that long shot and won the convictions. We face another long-shot now in this election, but I feel that we are on the right side of history and will win this election with your support,” said Jones.

Newswire : N. Diamini Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa are contesting for the Presidency of South Africa

N.Dlamini-Zuma and C. Ramaphosa

( – With President Jacob Zuma winding up his last term in office, his ex-wife is building up campaign momentum, especially among women. She’s one of two leading candidates for the top job.
An early anti-apartheid activist, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was an active underground member of the South African Students’ Organization and was elected its deputy president in 1976.
Later, as a doctor in Swaziland, she met her future husband, current ANC party president Jacob Zuma. Several cabinet positions followed – as Minister of Health, Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs. In 2012, she was elected chair of the African Union Commission, serving until January 2017.
But her accomplishments underperformed, according to some political observers, and in a few cases were serious missteps. During the early years of the AIDS crisis, Dlamini-Zuma along with President Thabo Mbeki endorsed Virodene, a controversial AIDS drug developed in South Africa but rejected by the scientific community. It was later learned that the main active ingredient was an industrial solvent and that businessmen with ties to Mbeki had invested in it.
More recently, she was chastised for labelling nationwide protests calling for President Zuma to step down as “rubbish” in a tweet which was then deleted from her timeline.
Her colleagues at the African Union considered her remote, disinterested and often absent from duty.
Even though there are other women aspiring to the number one spot, Dlamini-Zuma has become the face of the ANC Women’s League’s call that “South Africa is ready for a woman president.”
While she generally avoids the media and spends little time shaking hands, her stump speeches are turning heads with their focus on “Radical Economic Transformation,” – why white people shouldn’t fear it, and why it is necessary to change ownership patterns.
She faces a tough fight, however, from ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa who has already racked up nominations from branches in Gauteng, Pretoria, and the West Rand. A successful businessman and trade union leader, he was the ANC’s chief negotiator during the country’s transition to democracy.
He has an estimated net worth of over $450 million and owns 31 properties. mParticularly disappointing, he opposed the Marikana miners’ strike, which he called “dastardly criminal” conduct, while he served on the board of Lonmin, the miners’ employer.
Voting for ANC party president takes place in December. National elections are in 2019.

“Vote or Die Campaign” picks up steam statewide


The Alabama New South Coalition and the SOS Coalition for Justice and Democracy are sponsoring a statewide effort to register voters, educate voters and turnout voters for the December 12, 2017 Special Election for the U. S. Senate.
The Senate race pits Democratic candidate, Doug Jones, against
Republican Roy Moore. A recent poll by Fox News shows the race tied with each candidate at 42% and the remaining 15% undecided. This will be a very close race that will likely be decided by turnout on Election Day.
Faya Rose Toure who is heading up the efforts said, “We are trying to excite voters about the importance of voting in this special election. We are hoping to motivate people about the importance of their one vote in this election and letting them know that they have a lot to lose if they do not turnout and cast their vote on December 12, 2017.”
She continued, stating our campaign is telling people that if they don’t vote they may die because health care will be taken away by Congress. One recent vote on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act was defeated by one Senator’s vote.
We are telling people that they will risk jobs at livable wages and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour if they do not vote.
We are saying you need to vote to stop police brutality and shooting unarmed Black and Brown people or you may die.
We are saying that we need affordable college educations without overwhelming student debt or our young people will die from lack of opportunity.

“We are trying to shock people to know that they have a lot to lose and much to gain by voting. Whether you say ‘Vote or Die’ or ‘Vote and Stay Alive’, we need you to vote,” said Toure.
ANSC chapters around the state are holding voter registration rallies, doing door-to-door canvassing, participating in homecoming parades and taking other steps to get the message to people that they need to register and prepare to turnout to vote December 12 in the Special Election.
This weekend, the Birmingham ANSC will be holding a voter registration drive as part of the Magic City Classic Football game between Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University at Legion Field in Birmingham. The chapter will have a table near Gate 3A near the stadium.
Greene County ANSC chapter is planning a community meeting next Monday, October 30, 2017 to discuss community problems as they relate to voting and help people to prepare for absentee balloting and preparing to turnout for the Special Election which is now less than 50 days away.
Today, Greene County ANSC Chapter together with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Greene County High School faculty registered 28 young people who are 18 or will turn 18 before Election Day. This is in addition to 23 students previously registered this school year.
Sumter County ANSC registered 49 young people in the Sumter Central High School last week.
In Selma, the Dallas County ANSC assisted by other groups holds up ‘Vote or Die’ campaign signs, during the evening rush-hour traffic period. The group is meeting weekly on Thursdays to develop strategies to increase voter turnout.
In Huntsville, the ANSC chapter assisted by other groups has registered over one hundred new voters by visiting community centers, churches and housing developments.
Statewide, a thousand ‘Vote or Die’ yard signs and 100,000 voter cards have been distributed. Radio messages concerning the importance of one vote are available from ANSC and SOS. Contact Ms. Shelley Fearson at the ANSC State Office in Montgomery at 334-262-0932 or at for more information.

Newswire : NAACP Board elects Mississippi’s Derrick Johnson to be its President, will work closely with Black press

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor)


Derrick Johnson


The future of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is inextricably linked to the future of African Americans and its incumbent upon the nation’s oldest civil rights organization to work with the Black Press to get that message out, said new NAACP President Derrick Johnson.
On October 21, the executive committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors announced that the Detroit-born Johnson would lead the organization as the president and CEO.
Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors and the state president for the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP.
Board members said Johnson was selected to guide the organization through a period of reinvigoration and realignment with the current challenges of today’s civil rights movement.
To accomplish that mission, Johnson said the NAACP will lean heavily on the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association that represents more than 200 African American-owned newspapers and media companies across the country.
“We must be successful to ensure that democracy works for all and that individuals of African descent are treated with dignity and afforded equal protections under the law,” Johnson told the NNPA Newswire. “We’ve met with [new NNPA Chairman] Dorothy Leavell and [NNPA President and CEO] Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., and we see a bright future and we are mutually tied to the same reality, because the NNPA is critical, as the delivery source of information for our community.”
The fact that the NAACP chose Johnson to lead the organization was music to Leavell’s ears. “I believe he is the right leader for the NAACP at this most important time in our history,” she said. “The NNPA looks forward to working with him and the NAACP.”
Chavis, a former executive director of the NAACP, said he’s known Johnson for a long time and he’s confident that Johnson’s leadership expertise and experience will take the NAACP to greater heights in terms of membership and civil rights activism.
“If there was ever a person alive that personifies the living spirit of Medgar Evers, it is Derrick Johnson. Thus, the NAACP will grow and expand under the leadership of Derrick Johnson,” Chavis said. “Johnson personifies the courage and genius of a freedom fighter, who will now lead the NAACP forward with fearless boldness.”
For his part, Johnson, who received a juris doctorate from the South Texas College of Law, called the Black Press an under appreciated institution.
“It’s incumbent upon the NAACP to work directly with the NNPA to make sure that, as we get control of our narrative, we’re utilizing our most important tool, which is the Black Press,” Johnson said.
A veteran activist, Johnson, 49, said it’s also important that the NAACP engage and support young people. “We urge the young ones to keep studying and continue advocating to make sure their voices are not suffocated, because of a lack of knowledge,” Johnson said. “I’m encouraged by the number of young people who have taken to the streets with the tools at their disposal to become more active. If they find that the NAACP is a tool they’d like to use, then it is incumbent upon the NAACP to support their ability to do that, because the young activists of today will be our leaders of tomorrow.”
A regular guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., Johnson previously furthered his training through fellowships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
As president of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, he led critical campaigns for voting rights and equitable education, NAACP officials said in a news release. Johnson also successfully managed two bond referendum campaigns in Jackson, which brought $150 million in school building improvements and $65 million toward the construction of a new convention center.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Johnson founded One Voice, Inc., to improve the quality of life for African Americans through civic engagement, training and initiatives, according to Johnson’s bio on the NAACP’s website. One Voice has spawned an annual Black Leadership Summit and the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute, a nine-month training program for community leaders.
“I really appreciate the support of the chair of the Board of Directors, who invested confidence in me to do this job,” Johnson said. “I think we have to control our narrative and tell our story, because we have units across the country that have been extremely effective in their work, but we haven’t been able to control the narrative.”
Johnson called controlling that narrative both a challenge and an opportunity. He said the NAACP is working diligently toward the 2018 midterm elections and making sure to tackle voter registration and issues that have worked to deny African Americans the right to cast a ballot.
“We have to figure out how to maximize the engagement of folks in our community to exercise their right to vote,” Johnson said. “We have a fertile and vibrant pipeline for young people to have a stronger voice in what’s taking place and, at the same time, we can support young people already out there advocating with the understanding that social justice is not a competition, but an opportunity for many individuals to add their voice for progressive change.”