Commentary

  • Lessons from Baltimore

    This year Senator Elizabeth Warren and I have teamed up to launch a series of investigations — the Middle Class Prosperity Project — in order to focus greater congressional attention upon the bread and butter issues that matter the most to our nation’s working families. In February, we examined ...

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  • GOP Lunatic Center

    The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of White voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to indulge again and again in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, proposed and enacted legislation of disgraceful ...

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  • A New Normal for Baltimore…and Beyond

    As the light continues to shine on Baltimore it is an opportunity for us to show the world how we transform broken down neighbors and the lives of many of the individuals living in them. There is no getting around the number of boarded up houses that still exist in our city and cities like […]

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  • Baltimore: The Bold, The Bad, and The Lovely

    Of all the coverage of the disturbance in Baltimore that came in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, the item that caught my attention the most was CNN’s coverage of the powerful African American women in charge of that city. Howard University alumna Stephanie Elam has authoritatively treated ...

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  • Something Hard to Understand

    Each week, another candidate throws a hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential campaign-a constant reminder that President Barack Obama is at the end of his term. Currently, the President is engaged in a high-stakes battle, twisting the arms of the Democratic Party base and pressuring his ...

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  • Criminalizing Poverty Is Big Business

    The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Mo. put a much needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines can trap low-income people in a never-ending cycle of debt, poverty, and jail. This included ...

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  • How D.C. Underfunds Public Charter School Students

    As a parent, I believe in the original rallying cry for public charter schools in the District of Columbia – “parental choice.”  Charters are publicly funded, but run independently of the traditional public school system; they were intended to extend choice to every parent regardless of income ...

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  • ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM

    TriceEdney – I remember a time when few, if any, Black people expressed interest in environmental issues. Our primary focus was on the day-to-day events that we could see and feel, and knew to be more tangible than air or water “pollution.” When the conversation centered on coal ...

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  • Truth and the Struggle for Justice

    Respect for human life is at the core of our Constitution.  It is the cornerstone of America’s legal system and the social glue that holds our diverse society together. This is why for us — and, especially, for our young people — respect for human life must be the “North Star” in our continuing ...

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