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Black History Month matters!

As we begin celebrating the 90th anniversary of Black History Mont there are indications that it is needed now more than ever.

Justice for Ramarley

Where is the justice for Ramarley Graham.

POTUS, SCOTUS and Congress move on criminal justice reform

Two back-to-back decisions on Monday, one by President Barack Obama and one by the Supreme Court, will ease the plight of juvenile offenders who are relegated to solitary confinement in federal prisons and the other will remove the mandatory sentencing ...

Speak truth to power, and then take some of it

During the recent Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said she was outraged upon hearing about the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Obama: Unfazed, unflappable

The late Shirley Chisholm used to declare that she was “unbought and unbossed.” President Barack Obama might state that he is “unfazed and unflappable.”

Leave Rosa Parks alone!

In the annals of the nation’s history, the righteous struggle of Black Americans—our symbols, icons and organizations—has often been hijacked, commandeered and expropriated by those claiming to identity with our cause or to justify their own.

Who to call on the police instead of the police

As we arrive at the cusp of a new year and say goodbye to the old, Black Americans remain in a quandary when it comes to the issue of police and community relations.

Dear Santa,

I’m not sure what to ask for this year, because there is so much need out there.

There is an antidote to fear

A terrorist threat—real, imagined or merely a hoax—cannot be easily dismissed in a world fraught with anxiety.

Rule in favor of affirmative action

On a day when President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the 150th anniversary of the ending of slavery, we may be losing affirmative action.

More body cameras for the police

We are elated that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has finally taken steps to deal with the Chicago Police department’s coverup of laquan McDonald's execution.

The police, friend or foe?

The other day, my 5-year-old daughter and I were walking down the street...

SCOTUS to rule on jury racism

Racial discrimination in jury selection is a longstanding and iniquitous aspect of our so-called criminal justice system.

‘Black is back!’

The students in Missouri are showing us the power of protest.

An open letter to Mayor de Blasio: Don’t take New York backwards

We believe Mayor Bill de Blasio should withdraw his proposals and convene stakeholders to develop real solutions that can advance justice and public safety for New Yorkers.

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