OPINION

  • Justice for Freddie Gray

    Now that the hearing on a series of motions relating to the six officers accused of killing Freddie Gray have begun, let us remember what brought Baltimore to this point. The hearing on Sept. 2 decided that Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s State’s Attorney will not have to step down from the case due ...

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  • HOW DO WE MAKE LIFE MATTER?

    TriceEdney – Our country has been experiencing a dramatic case of meanness of spirit and tragic deaths by law enforcement, as well as by citizens against each other—especially among young people.  While the record will show there is no actual rise in crime in most places and no actual rise in ...

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  • A Plea to Consider Bernie Sanders

    On Sunday evenings my mother would go around reminding her five children to make sure all our dirty clothes were in the basement laundry area by announcing, “The colored girl is coming in the morning make sure your dirty clothes are by the washer.” Sounds absolutely awful in 2015 but in 1960 it ...

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  • Green is the Color of Justice

    This summer’s rollout of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is great news for the Black community. The plan establishes federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, slowing climate change and the myriad of negative health and economic consequences. Nearly 40 percent of the six million ...

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  • Will Closing Baltimore Jail Bring About Change?

    I enjoyed the recent (Aug. 8) article in The AFRO on the closing of the Baltimore City Jail. I worked there from 1977 (as Director of Offender Aid and Restoration) – until retirement in 2010. Gov. Hogan’s announcement that he will close the Jail- and which part will be closed?- was a nice ...

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  • Standing Up for 80 Years of Social Security

    On August 14, I joined Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and her colleagues at the Social Security Administration to celebrate the 80th anniversary of that historic day in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act of 1935 into law. From its beginning in ...

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  • Black Philanthropy: When We Give

    If you’ve ever bought a brownie at a PTA bake sale, a chocolate bar wrapped in foil from a collegiate team player, or placed money in a collection plate on Sunday morning, you have participated in philanthropy– the generous donation of money to good causes. Although many black people do ...

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  • What Must We Do to Get to the Promised Land?

    Throughout President Barack Obama’s six and a half years in office, despite inheriting the worst economy since the great depression, facing unprincipled insurgent resistance from Republicans in Congress, and having to deal with the turbulent climate of race relations as the nation’s first Black ...

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  • Black, Female, and Afraid

    In the year since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO, the national conversation on race has been mostly about Black men. Indeed, the vast majority of stories about police violence are about young Black men dying at the hands of (mostly) white police officers. But Sandra Bland’s ...

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  • The Truth about Foster Care and Homelessness

    Ask anyone in child welfare about foster youth aging out of the foster care system and you’re sure to hear about everything from high rates of incarceration, early parenting, homelessness, unemployment and discussion about mental health issues. There are approximately 6,000 children in ...

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  • ANOTHER GIANT HAS FALLEN

    Washington, DC –Many of us woke up this morning (August 16, 2015) to the news that Julian Bond, a hero who was at the forefront of the civil rights movement, had died. Julian was only 75 years old, and as many of us approach that number, we are especially saddened because we know there is […]

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