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Elinor Tatum

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Stuck in the middle of a deadly dilemma

Over the past several months, a lot of attention has been focused on killer cops. Every other day, we seem to witness a case of police brutality that ends in murder.

Why don’t Black lives matter?

Why don’t Black lives matter? Is it because according to the Constitution we are still just three-fifths of a person? Is it because our communities seem poorer than others? Or is it because when we dress in a hoodie, we are a threat?

So much has changed, or has it?

When we look at the images of President Barack Obama crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge with his family, along with Rep. John Lewis and Amelia Boynton Robinson, who were both beaten on Bloody Sunday, and those thousands of others this past weekend, we think to ourselves, “Wow, we have come so far!” But have we?

Our women with unlimited possibilities

This week in Miami, Fla., approximately 150 Black women came together to share, learn, inspire and collaborate.The brainchild of Debra Lee and sponsored by BET, this is the sixth annual gathering of Leading Women Defined.

Uncuff our children

Recently, an announcement of significant changes to the discipline code in New York City public schools was made. These changes in policy, intended to provide safety and fairness, are partially derived from the outcry of parents and advocates of children of color who are frustrated beyond measure by the restraints used on our children, the disproportionate suspension levels and expulsions.

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Have New Yorkers become snow wimps, or is it just the government?

As a kid growing up in New York City, it seemed to me that for schools to close, Armageddon had to be near.

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Don’t apologize for being a dad, Mr. Mayor

When I found out I was pregnant in February 2010, I prayed to have a girl because I was terrified of raising a Black boy in New York City.

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Seeing each other

“O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us,” are the immortal words of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.

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Seeing each other

“O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us,” are the immortal words of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.

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All lives matter

We have a city in crisis. We have a nation in crisis. There is blood on the streets, and it runs both Black and Blue.

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Love and marriage, horse and carriage

As the harness is placed around Ruby’s neck, she knows it is time to go to work.

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Agitate, agitate, agitate

This was the command heard a century or more ago from the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and it continues to have resonance today among the tens of thousands taking to the streets.

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Foreign and domestic policy—same difference

“History will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say, ‘Never again.’”

We have the power, let’s use it

They say a ham sandwich can be indicted, so why is it then that a police officer who shoots an unarmed Black teenager can get off without even having to go to trial?

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We have the power, let’s use it

They say a ham sandwich can be indicted, so why is it then that a police officer who shoots an unarmed Black teenager can get off without even having to go to trial?

A struggle beyond Ferguson

No matter what the outcome of the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision is on the shooting death of Michael Brown, one thing is clear: This is not the end.

Black America at a crossroad

Marijuana, Workfare, Detroit, Low Voter Turnout, Ferguson

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Vote November 4th, your life may depend on it

With just a few days left before New Yorkers and the rest of the country go to the polls for the midterm elections, we at the Amsterdam News want you to pause.

Ebola in our midst

As the Ebola crisis spreads, the virus, much like the controversy surrounding the outbreak of HIV/AIDS more than a generation ago, has raised several serious concerns about how to contain it, who’s to blame for the epidemic and what exactly is the disease and its background and history.

Do we all have bull’s-eyes on our backs?

Over the past few weeks, the New York City tabloids have been focusing on the private life of a city employee, even though there has been no wrongdoing by the individual.

Save Our Planet!

All of the world’s 7.2 billion people are impacted by climate change and global warming, and this transcends the issues of race, region and religion.

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Remembering Dan Eldon: A life of passion

Sept. 18 would have been Dan Eldon’s birthday.

End the culture of corruption!

It was our hope that in Tuesday’s primaries, the state senators in trouble—Thomas Libous, Malcolm Smith and John Sampson—would have their fates decided in the court of public opinion by voters. But in only one instance—Smith was defeated decisively by Leroy Comrie in District 14 in Queens—did voters save the court from cleaning the slate.

The Black killing fields must end!

Every day we hear about the murder of more of our children. Every day we see the scenes of grieving mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and children at funerals around the country, mourning because someone in their family is a victim of another act of senseless violence.

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We must stop burying our babies

In the early 1970s, I went to a small Montessori program on Avenue D in the middle of the Lillian Wald housing project. I remember being all of 3-and-half years old and marching with my classmates in our graduation ceremony that was held in the park in the middle of Lillian Wald Houses.

They buried the lede

The “Gray Lady,” aka the New York Times, has had a storied past. She has stood at the center of controversies and victories and now is at the center of a historic milestone, but under the ouster of its former executive editor Jill Abramson, the lede has been buried.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and you’re a princess too

At Disney World, there are princesses everywhere.  It’s a part of what dreams are made of.

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Rehashing the insignificant

Why is it that any time an African-American of note reaches new heights or has a significant event, skeletons that have been raised before seem to come back from the dead for a second or third round?

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From ‘just us’ to some ‘justice’ in New York City

New York City is starting to right some of the wrongs that have affected our communities for decades.

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Dreamers descend on Disney

'The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.' -Walt Disney

inety-nine dreamers descended on Walt Disney World last week to participate in the seventh annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine. Representing 27 states and the District of Columbia, these young people, aged 13-19, came with the intention of getting guidance and help to figure out how to achieve their dreams.

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President shows his true colors

For the first time last week President Barack Obama was no longer the standard bearer for the status quo of how America thought and started working for people of color

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Cuomo doing the right thing

Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out in support of universal pre-K, with the state putting its money where its mouth is.

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Educate everyone, leave no one behind

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to change the tides and attack recidivism at its core, making education available to inmates by offering them an opportunity to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree while incarcerated.

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We need universal pre-K; let’s make it happen

It is a long proven fact that children enrolled in pre-K have an advantage over those students who don’t start school until age 5 or kindergarten.

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Airport workers deserve a living wage

There needs to be a change. Airport workers deserve some respect

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

As 2013 comes to a close and Christmas and Kwanzaa have come and gone, we reflect on the year that has just passed and the year we hope will be more promising.

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Commissioner Bratton, somebody’s watching you

One of the greatest legacies of Mayor David Dinkins was his push for a relationship between the police and the community

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Mandela—His spirit goes walking on

I guess we thought he would live forever

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Happy Thanksgiving

As we sit around the Thanksgiving table this year, what will you be thankful for?

Obamacare—A legacy to remember or to forget?

Obamacare wasn’t a measure that would be completed overnight. Nor would its significant arrival for millions of Americans without any health insurance be a smooth one.

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Congratulations, Mayor Bill de Blasio

We have a new mayor in town, and boy, is he in for the ride of his life.

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We know the real reason for the shutdown

America is not laughing anymore. The idiocy of what is happening in the halls of Congress comes down to five basic points. The Republican Party refuses to accept President Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 and his re-election. The Republican Party hates Obama.

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Bloomberg loses again

Manhattan Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin has dealt another blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In her most recent ruling, Scheindlin has refused to stay her ruling on stop-and-frisk as its appeal is pending. That means stop-and-frisk reforms should, in theory, take effect immediately.

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Promises made, promises kept

Five years ago, a young thirtysomething hit the national scene as the new president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Benjamin Todd Jealous was the youngest person to ever take the helm of this venerable institution.

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Vote Bill Thompson tuesday, September 10th

The primaries in New York City are only a few days away.

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Dr. King’s dream is our mission

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. More than 100,000 men, women and children converged on the mall on Saturday, Aug. 24. It was like seeing the gorgeous mosaic writ large. And tens of thousands commemorated the historic day on Aug. 28.

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The undying quest for the dream

I used to think that 50 years was a very long time ago. Then it dawned on me that 1963 was only eight years before I was born. And then I realized that although so much has changed, so much has remained the same. If we look back 50 years ago, our community was in the throes of the Civil Rights Movement. It was 1963, and the fight was for jobs, justice, health care, education equity and parity. Today, 50 years later, we are still fighting the same fight.

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Bill lynch: You will be missed

I don’t remember when I met Bill Lynch for the first time. It must have been when I was a little girl at my father’s side. I saw how my father and Bill interacted. I saw how they sought counsel from one another and how they sometimes battled over the direction in which the city was going. I always knew how important those conversations were, and at the end, there was always a hug and a “see you soon, brother.”

Is race just too difficult an issue?

This last session of the United States Supreme Court dealt with many momentous cases. The issues ran the gamut from the Voting Rights Act to gay rights to affirmative action and beyond. There was so much at stake, and the American public waited with baited breath as the justices handed down decisions that made people want to ask, why did they rule on some cases and just punt on others? Is race just too difficult to deal with?

Same old, same old, 50 years later

One of the most important revelations Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had even before he delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech—and what he deemed a shortcoming of the Civil Rights Movement—was the failure to give economics a more pivotal role in the struggle for freedom and justice.