The Trump Administration’s War on Workers
2/21/2018 1:44:10 AM

By Lawrence Wittner   When Donald Trump was running for the presidency, he promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” Today, though, safely ensconced in the White House, President Trump is waging a fierce campaign against American workers His appointments to federal positions created to defend workers’ rights provide an indication of his priorities. For Secretary of Labor, Trump nominated Andrew Puzder, the CEO of a major fast food chain. When Puzder’s nomination was...

Raising Emotionally Competent Children
2/21/2018 1:43:50 AM

By Lynette Monroe   I don't remember my grandparents assisting me with homework beyond holding up flash cards for me to recite. They could have, I just don't remember. I do remember Lil’ Bow Wow’s release of “Beware of Dog” in 2000 followed by my incessant pleading to hang his poster on my bedroom wall. I also remember hearing my mother’s inevitable “no” as she repeated her “no posters on these walls” policy. In a fast-paced, tech-obsessed world, assisting your child with homework can prove a daunting task. New...

THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND WHITE ANXIETY
2/21/2018 1:43:17 AM

There has been yet another school shooting in America. The multiple murders at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida mark the 18th school shooting in this nation since the beginning of the year. And once again the only response by elected officials has been to offer "thoughts and prayers" for the victims and their families. News anchors and pundits scratch their heads and ask, "What can be done to fix this?" while ignoring the obvious answer—limit access to guns. If this seems like madness, it's because it is. This country clearly has a gun...

How Long Until We Protect Children, Not Guns?!
2/21/2018 1:42:46 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   If I don’t make it I love you and I appreciate everything you did for me —Text message sent from a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida to her mother   December 2017 marked the fifth anniversary of the indescribably horrible mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School when 20 young children and 6 teachers were brutally murdered by a 20-year-old with a gun he should never have possessed. As our nation was grieving, I wrote that this terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut was no fluke but a...

Trump’s Parade Plan a Waste of Money Why President Donald Trump Really Wants a Parade
2/14/2018 9:55:21 PM

By Julianne Malveaux Now “45” wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections. Some see it as move to mobilize his base and stroke his own ego; others actually believe that he wants to celebrate and honor members of the military. It’s been reported that he wants the parade, because he saw a parade in Paris on Bastille Day. If he went to the zoo, would he want zebras and tigers roaming the lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next? The last parade we had in Washington was in 1991, when we “won” the Gulf War. That parade cost $14...

CBC Members Question CFPB Actions Under Trump Appointee
2/14/2018 9:53:31 PM

By Charlene Crowell   In the wake of a recent series of anti-consumer actions taken by Mick Mulvaney, the Trump-appointed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Acting Director, a bicameral call for accountability was released on January 31. Led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, two other Congressional Black Caucus Members, Congressmen Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Al Green (D-Texas) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) as signatories. Together, the group of lawmakers seek to know what...

Big Rainbows in the Political Clouds for Children: Some Really, Really Good news
2/14/2018 9:51:55 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   God has sent some huge rainbows in the clouds for vulnerable children amidst a profoundly negative political climate. Good news these days has been few and far between but the Bipartisan Budget Package/Continuing Resolution (CR) signed by the President earlier today offers significant and long overdue hope to children, families and communities. We now must give our immediate attention to extending that good news to the nearly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers and the other Dreamers not yet in DACA, who face a March 5th...

Enforce Section 3 of the HUD Act
2/7/2018 11:41:22 PM

By Harry C. Alford   This is a program that is designed to provide job training and business development opportunities for people living in public housing or under the poverty level. It was first written in 1968 because of the first Watts Riot in Los Angeles. It was rewritten and strengthened in 1992 because of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. We first became aware of the program in 1993 when James Alford of Jacksonville, Florida filed a Section 3 complaint against Jacksonville Public Housing. Mr. Alford (no relation) received a Voluntary Compliance Agreement. That meant...

Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018
2/7/2018 11:40:22 PM

By Monica Simpson Executive Director, SisterSong   There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led by courageous truth-tellers who are sick and tired of a violent and largely ignored status quo. The conversation about race and gender in this country has broken open, and now we must all contend with the truth of who we...

Putting a Charge in California's Electric Vehicle Program
2/7/2018 11:39:54 PM

By The Associated Press   Gov. Jerry Brown's big, bold $2.5 billion executive order committing the state to a goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030 expands a program that was already far and away the most ambitious in the United States. The potential benefits are great and deserve the support of Californians, including Brown's potential successors. Transportation remains the largest source of greenhouse gases in California, accounting for just under 40 percent of the total. But achieving the targets won't be easy, and the governor has less than...