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Creating a more just NYC

The recent passing of Venida Browder, mother of Kalief Browder, a young man whose three-year detention at Rikers and subsequent death reverberated throughout our nation, is yet another tragic reminder of the unnecessary and unjustified pain inflicted on the incarcerated ...

Trump reminds us the racial justice movement is growing

I was so lucky last week. Two days after the election, 2,300 racial justice activists of all colors arrived in Atlanta at the Facing Race conference, which my organization Race Forward hosts.

Black America's resilience will keep us struggling forward

Nobody said that the road to freedom, justice and equality would be easy. In the wake of the results of the national elections across the United States, it is crystal clear that the aspirations, hopes and dreams of 47 million ...

Trump won the election, but white supremacy won't win forever

I began election night with exuberance. I was among the many who forecast a Hillary win.

A time to heal and get real

Now that all the media, the pollsters and the prognosticators have been proved woefully wrong, and as the reality sets in that the United States actually elected Donald Trump as its 45th president, we need to come together and begin ...

Hillary Clinton speaks to the nation

Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you all so much. [Applause] Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you so much. A very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you.

‘Mommy, I am scared!’

When I returned home at 2:30 in the morning from Jacob Javits Center waiting for the election results to come in, I was greeted by a sign written in 6-year-old handwriting that simply read “Hillary” with hearts, taped to my ...

Blackonomics: Elections won't change anything, until we vote with our wallets

By the time you read this, I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies, and maybe even found it ...

The 2016 presidential election exposed America's racist and sexist patriarchy for the world to see

Just a few days before the corrosive 2016 election, it occurs to me that no matter what the outcome, our social fabric has been shredded by the ugliness of this campaign. Sure, there have been ugly campaigns before, but this ...

URBAN AGENDA: A Summer Jobs Program for the 21st Century

During the 1970s, 80s and 90s, the city’s summer jobs program was largely about reducing crime by keeping poor black and Latino youth off the streets and out of trouble.

Use your power! Use your vote!

As Americans, we pride ourselves on our democratic system of government and our Constitution. Yet, for a whole host of reasons, we as Americans have not fully maximized our participation in our democracy.

Defancing Thomas

This month marks two historic occasions: the 25th anniversary of the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and the inauguration of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington.

Black Solidarity Day and voting our interest!

As we prepare for Black Solidarity Day (Nov. 7), the day before the General Election, remember W.E.B. Dubois said that the “color line” (racism) was the defining issue of the 20th century.

Not J. Edgar Hoover again!

Folks old enough to remember J. Edgar Hoover and how the FBI played such a disruptive role in our pursuit of democratic and constitutional rights must be having terrible flashbacks to those turbulent times.

We must vote

Every year at this time we say we must vote. And every four years we say it is more important than ever. But this year it is different.