Living Wage Is Key for Rebuilding Baltimore’s Economy

The Baltimore City Council is considering a new law to guarantee that the city’s major retailers, such as Wal-Mart and 7-Eleven, pay employees decent, living wages. It’s smart economic development policy: full-time retail workers...

The Benefits of Smart Grid

In Maryland, as across the nation, we are on the cusp of a giant leap forward in the way families and businesses use technology to monitor and manage energy consumption. The capabilities of smart...

The Great American Racial Abyss

The summer of 2010 will not only be remembered for record-beating heat but also record-baiting racism. It’s ironic that 18 months into the historic presidency of Barack Obama this nation is sweltering in intolerance,...

Debbie Hines…Race Conversation is Necessary

What do the Tea party, NAACP, New Black Panther party, Shirley Sherrod and Attorney General Eric Holder have in common? They all teach us about racism. Racism is something you can see, sense, feel...

Sen. Benjamin Cardin…Congress Acts to Protect ‘Main Street’ from Wall Street

Congress recently passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, legislation that will protect consumers, investors and taxpayers by ensuring the financial services industry has the appropriate oversight to avoid the type of...

Adrienne Washington…Reclaiming Civility

Sneers, jeers, and outright outrageous shouting. That is the ugly tenor that mars most political forums during this critical mayoral campaign. It seems that what one lesser-known candidate called “the steamroller of gentrification” demolished...

Carl Eeman…Of Cowards and Class

OK, let’s see: The White House. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack. The media in general. Andrew Breitbart. Benjamin Jealous. The NAACP. Fox News. All of these players are standing around the kitchen, hit by the...

NUL Crosses The Century Marker

This year, the National Urban League is celebrating 100 years of existence. It's also celebrating a century of service. Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Haynes founded the Committee on Urban Conditions Among...

William R. Roberts…Technology Can Keep Kids Learning Throughout the Summer

With summer vacation in full swing, thoughts of warm weather fun, sleeping in and spending time with friends tends to top most children’s to-do list. For too many youngsters, however, one essential activity is...

Elijah Cummings…A Question of Priorities

Americans want to work. We also believe that we should care for our neighbors who are out of work through no fault of their own. These core insights about our nature as a great...

William P. Muhammad…Echoes of Dred Scott in the Oscar Grant Verdict

“It is difficult at this day to realize the state of public opinion in regard to that unfortunate race which prevailed in the civilized and enlightened portions of the world at the time of...

Julianne Malveaux…Who Should Really Be Drug Tested?

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has a proposal for the unemployed. He wants them drug tested before they can receive unemployment benefits. Hilarious! With unemployment rates at 9,7 percent, with nearly six million Americans out...

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