The Jersey City Fire Department made city history today when Tara Walker became the first black woman firefighter in the department's 143-year history.
"I knew there were a few women; they were teasing me, and things like that," Walker said in a (Jersey City) Ch. 7 Eyewitness News interview.
Walker, 31, a high school girls basketball legend who scored 2,376 points in her Marist High School career, is now one of six women in the department. She was one of 26 sworn in at the City Hall ceremony.
The diverse class includes two black men, four Hispanic men and an Asian man, city officials pointed out.
(USA Today) SAN FRANCISCO — Civil rights activists are turning up pressure on Twitter to publicly release the gender and ethnic breakdown of its flock of employees. And they’re doing it by waging an attention-grabbing campaign on Twitter.
DETROIT (AP) — A young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to “beat the hell” out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime, a judge said Thursday.
The stunning remarks by Wayne County Judge James Callahan came as he sentenced Latrez Cummings to six months in jail.
WASHINGTON – Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund because it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and UNCF President Michael Lomax apparent support for the brothers’ right-wing ideology.
Austin, with a population of 885,400, is among the country’s fastest-grow attract and retain African-Americans. Among large, fast-growing cities, Austin is the only one with a shrinking African-American population, according to a May report from the University of Texas at Austin that relied on Census Bureau data.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is meeting growing resistance from both the left and the right as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the border, raising questions about chances for any action in Congress to address the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into South Texas.