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 ...

End the killing of Black children by police

The time is now for America’s legislative body at the state and local levels to bring a full stop to the endless harassment and killing of Black children at the hands of the men and women in law enforcement sworn ...

Let’s extend Mother’s Day

This past Sunday, many of us celebrated the amazing women in our lives.

Fear of African-Americans in Mississippi in 2017

Imagine sitting in your home with your spouse and children.

A test for the Trump coalition

The recent wispy vote in the House of Representatives and subsequent haranguing from national party Democrats on the fate of their political opponents create many inflection points for pundits and policy watchers alike.

Supporting families with more community schools

Bringing schools and communities together as partners to build a better future for students and families is common sense. Since 2014, we have launched 150 community schools across the city, and this September, 69 additional schools will be transforming their ...

The City’s Last Bastion of White Privilege

For the first time in history, people of color and women make up most applicants for the upcoming New York City firefighter test, which many fire department officials celebrate as an important high-water mark in the long-running battle to diversify ...


I recently saw “Sweat” on Broadway, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Her poignant play follows a small factory town in Pennsylvania during the 2000 election season.