We’ve Waited For This Revolution For Years. Other Despots Should Quail

My birth at the end of July 1967 makes me a child of the naksa, or setback, as the Arab defeat during the June 1967 war with Israel is euphemistically known in Arabic. My...

The Great Emancipators

The Emancipation Proclamation made it legal for African Americans to free themselves by helping to save the Union in the American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln wrote that his Proclamation was “warranted by the Constitution...

“Held Captive”: Child Poverty in America

My father told me I could do and be anything I wanted to be, if I dreamed and worked hard enough for it. I took these words to heart, despite growing up in the...

State of the YOUnion

Two nights ago, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address and, as usual, he declared the state of our union is good. No president has ever said anything differently. Every president...

National Urban League’s 12-Point Blueprint for Job Creation

“Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is a fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Last Monday, the nation celebrated what...

Is There Really a Deficit Crisis?

(TEWire) - In the wake of the State of the Union Address there is likely to be much partisan conversation about the direction of our nation. President Obama will address the economy and jobs,...

The Curious Case of Ali Mohammed

In the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2010, Ali Mohammed was chased from a U Street bar by an owner and four employees, allegedly because he threw a brick through a window –...

Ben Wrobel…Scott Sisters, Free at Last

This month, Jaime and Gladys Scott walked out of prison 16 years after they first entered. Their double-life sentences were criticized as indicative of the egregious sentencing in our criminal justice system, and their...

Len Bernstein…Art and the End of Racism

I was stirred deeply by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963 when I, a 13-year-old Jewish boy in Brooklyn, saw his televised speech at the March on Washington, where he said: “…when we let...

George E. Curry…Racial and Ethnic Divide over Gun Rights

Columbine High School. The Washington, D.C. sniper.  Northern Illinois University. Virginia Tech. Red Lake Indian Reservation. Chicago school children. And now, Tucson, Ariz. In dramatic ways, shooting deaths have horrified, mesmerized and confounded Americans....

Elijah Cummings…It’s about what kind of country we want to be

Last week, Americans watched as the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives began a concerted effort to destroy one of President Obama’s signature initiatives – The Affordable Care Act. We need...

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II…The ‘ought’ vs. the ‘is’

"Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people." – Martin Luther King, Jr. Milestones in our...
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