By Jared Rice By finally passing Raise the Age legislation, New York State joined 48 other states in the United States to rightfully treat 16- and 17-year-olds as the children they are and not as adults when it comes to accountability in the criminal justice system. Now, North Carolina is the only state in the country to retain an archaic approach to juvenile justice. Raising the age of criminal responsibility

Why Dads Matter – Committed Mentors Provide Much-Needed Emotional and Academic Support to Minority Males By Hugh B. Price Let me begin by congratulating My Brother’s Keeper New Rochelle on the occasion of its first birthday. Spearheaded by co-chairs Jared Rice and Reginald Richardson, the Steering Committee and MBKNewRo partners are off to an energetic and promising start. When President Obama unveiled MBK two years ago, I wrote that the initiative


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Why Dads Matter?

Why Dads Matter? By Devron Chambers Because I matter. I need to know that I matter, to a Father, who doesn’t look at me as a “why bother.” Or an “I’ll deal with you tomorrow”… and tomorrow … and tomorrow. Now days have gone by, I look up to the Heavens and ask God why? Did a guy make me, and decide to leave me? I just want my life to look like

By Ina Aronow   When you volunteer to register voters, as I have done for the League of Women Voters for many years, you get a wide range of reactions:           “Yay.  I’m 18 and I can vote!”           “I’m a citizen now.  At last, I can vote!” said with teary eyes.           Then there are the refusals:  “What difference does my vote make?”  “All the candidates are awful” “Politics is crooked.”     As a believer

Please mark your calendars and vote December 15, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., on a special $49.5 million capital projects bond proposal for New Rochelle schools.  It is important to note that because of the retirement of existing debt, there is no anticipated tax increase as a result of this bond. Check out the school district’s website at for answers to questions, a detailed list of proposed projects at each school,

  December 1, 2015   Dear Community Partner:   Thank you for your participation to date in helping to meet President Obama’s  challenge to create an Action Plan in 180 days. Whether you attended or sent representation to one of the early meetings or exhibited and participated in a workshop at the June 11 Local Action Summit or volunteered on a committee I working group or handed out stickers and flyers

By Jared Rice The United States imprisons more of its citizens than any other country in the world with more than two million people currently inhabiting our prisons or jails. With merely 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. holds the shameful distinction of housing 25% of the world’s inmates and detainees. With a 500% increase in incarceration rates over the past 30 years, imprisonment rates have exploded to the