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Banning books from prisons

A while ago it was brought to my attention that a prison in New Jersey was banning particular books from their institution. The ACLU immediately honed in on the situation and suddenly the ban was lifted, perhaps temporarily, perhaps indefinitely.

Winnie Mandela’s unyielding stand for independence and freedom deserves no apology

Walking down the streets of cities such as Cape Town, South Africa, today, one would almost think one were somewhere closer to San Diego, Calif.

How corporations stifle local democracy for profits

As thousands of teachers continue to strike across the country—in part because industry groups have spent decades weakening unions and diminishing worker protections—corporate lobbyists are doubling down on another of their favorite strategies: Protecting profits by stifling local democracy.

Black churches and other institutions must open up schools serving our communities

While Black activists seem to only care about fighting the police after someone is killed by the police, there’s little to no real conversations about the socioeconomic conditions that destroy the lives of Black people.

Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #64

Distraction, interdiction and contradiction are key elements of Trump’s political strategy, and each of them was in full force this past week.

URBAN AGENDA: Why do the City and State Undervalue Public Housing Residents?

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) the nation’s largest public housing agency that was once one of the nation’s best run, has declined into a shameful state of disrepair as a result of neglect by the federal government and ...

NAACP Statement on Starbucks and Growing Climate of Racism and Intolerance

he National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement following the disgraceful arrest of two African American men in a Philadelphia Starbucks.

Black people must vote or reap the consequences

All you have to do is crack open a history book, or sit with one of our experienced elders, and you will learn about the many sacrifices made by people of all races in order to ensure Black people obtained ...

The taxman cometh

It’s that time of year again—tax season. Most people dread the coming of April 15, when annual taxes are due.

Centrality of Poor People’s Campaign

April 4 marked one of the darkest days in U.S. history: the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout his activist years, Dr. King endured many death threats, but in the last years ...

Stop the PBA’s attempt to reverse justice for Herman Bell

Friday, April 13, 2018, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association will be representing the widow of one of the deceased police officer’s in an attempt to reverse the decision of the New York State Parole Board to grant Herman Bell parole. The ...

Guns Down, Life Up

The last few weeks in America have witnessed a whirlwind of activity led by the nation’s youth, in concert with their parents, teachers, etc. demonstrating in support of the need for a major focus on gun control.

The political currents beneath us

Last October, the cover of Time magazine forecast a gloomy picture for the Democratic Party.

Census 2020: Wake-up call for New York and Black America: Part 1

The census is an ancient tool of empire. In the “Book of Numbers” in the Bible’s Old Testament, there are several head counts of able-bodied males of the tribes of Israel, to determine the size of their armies to wage ...

Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #63

March Madness is clearly in the rear view mirror, but the inanities continue to swirl around the Oval Office, some of it literarily and figuratively hot.

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