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Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League. (Courtesy Photo)
To Be Equal
Originally published April 16, 2014

"Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity."   Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Prioritiesmore More Arrow

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Hughey Newsome, a business consultant in the D.C. area, is a member of the national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21.
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Donald Hense is founder and CEO of Friendship Public Charter School, which operates six campuses serving K-12 students in Southeast and Northeast D.C. Photo/
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Belinda Conaway is a candidate for the office of Register of Wills for Baltimore City.
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Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is president emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.
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The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee).
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