Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to our readers here at the Amsterdam News.

URBAN AGENDA: Mayor’s Diversity Plan Gets a Failing Grade

Last week, the New York City Department of Education (DOE), at long last, put forward a plan to increase diversity in New York City public schools.

Exposing the New York State Parole Board

Over the past several years, there has been a great deal of examination and public outcry about mass incarceration and its damaging impact on poor and working-class Black/Brown families and communities.

Lessons from Manchester

The message from many Europeans with regard to terrorism is “Enough!”

Gun violence—Is it a willful pandemic?

Since even before the election when No. 45 came into office, he has used the very real threat of terrorism to help fuel his bigotry.

Black women are the backbone … and the kryptonite

I recently read an article by my colleague Jason Johnson, in which he stated that Black women are like kryptonite to the Republican Party.

Political tithing

I have been thinking quite a bit these days about the long historical legacy of Black Americans donating to the church. As I see young Black American candidates across the country vying for political office, I am forced to think ...

Putting our memories into action after Memorial Day

The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the G. I. Bill, was intended to provide World War II veterans with funds for housing and unemployment but especially funds for education.

Time for a value Renaissance in government spending

I once heard an old Southern Baptist preacher begin his sermon with a powerful admonition: “We go our whole lives where we know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.”

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and elected officials commend National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board for recognition of Oscar López Rivera

May 22, 2017, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and 35 elected officials released a letter to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board commending them for their resolve and support of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera. López Rivera is one of ...

Why I should be governor of New Jersey

In less than a week, New Jersey will conduct the first primary since the election of Donald Trump. Already, Trump has moved to turn back the clock in so many areas, including criminal justice reform.

Stand Up for Economic Justice: Fight Trump’s Vicious Budget Ax

In the weeks leading up to his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made economic justice the central focus of his advocacy. Dr. King saw economic inequality as a fundamental flaw in our society that needed to be ...

Pace yourself

It seems like each week brings a new set of mini-hurricanes from the president and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

No David Clarke promotion after deaths in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke went on conservative talk radio Wednesday—in advance of any announcement from the Trump administration—to announce that he will be accepting a position as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and ...

President Trump is true agent of hope and change in the Middle East

A new day has dawned in the Middle East. On the heels of Donald Trump’s first visit to Israel as president of the United States, it is evident that the game has changed. America is right back where it belongs—at ...