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Keeping our eyes on the prize

During African-American History Month, it is customary to review our progress on the long road to freedom.

Water in Frackville contaminated 2,500 inmates and employees

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at 4 p.m., 200 South Broad St., in Philadelphia, prisoner rights advocates, concerned citizens and supporters of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal will hold a demonstration outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in Philadelphia, ...

Steve Bannon on the National Security Council—Why not?

Since President Donald Trump named Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, to the National Security Council’s principals committee, the left has erupted in all kinds of moral outrage.

Supreme Court nominee: Smooth-talking anti-civil rights conservative

Neil Gorsuch, 49, poised to be the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was introduced to the world Monday.

URBAN AGENDA: Betsy DeVos and the charter school test

This week controversial school choice advocate Betsy DeVos became the new U.S. Secretary of Education.

Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #2

Last week, we inaugurated our demand that President Trump must go, with the words of that great American patriot Thomas Paine.

Educational free market or educational free fall?

The educational crisis in the United States is a well-known but little discussed fact. In international educational rankings developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2014 the U.S. ranked 24th in reading, 28th in science and 36th ...

Presidents change, but our values should not

The president of the United States may have changed, but our values should not.

Broken Windows breaks the bank, can’t be reformed



The debate over Broken Windows policing took a new turn last week with word that the city settled a lawsuit that challenged the NYPD over years of criminal summonsing patterns.

First lessons for the Trump White House

We are barely two weeks into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, and a few things are becoming evident while still others are slowly crystalizing around a man and an administration that will truly be unlike any other this institution ...

A Black History Month commentary: Appreciating President Obama

This Black History Month presents a perfect opportunity to not fully let you go, Mr. President.

Ask an elder

I recently attended the home-going service for Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, a longtime friend of the Amsterdam News and a brilliant and groundbreaking psychiatrist.

Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #1

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” the great patriot Thomas Paine wrote in 1776 to bolster the morale and the resistance of the forces arrayed to demolish the tyranny of King George III and the grip of British ...

Mayor Bill de Blasio: We can help you sign up for health insurance

When people have insurance they can see a doctor and deal with small problems before they become big ones. When people have insurance they know that an illness won’t leave them owing lots of money.

An ode to the Liberal Kraken

I can remember vividly the first time I met David. It was in the winter of 2002. My colleague Nancie and I were on the train coming from New York to D.C., and everyone on the train recognized me, and ...