Honoring Birmingham’s Great Children’s Crusade Which Changed Our Nation
5/21/2018 8:08:05 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “Daddy,” the boy said, “I don't want to disobey you, but I have made my pledge. If you try to keep me home, I will sneak off. If you think I deserve to be punished for that, I'll just have to take the punishment. For, you see, I'm not doing this only because I want to be free. I'm doing it also because I want freedom for you and Mama, and I want it to come before you die.”   This teenage boy overheard talking to his father by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the many hundreds of Birmingham children...

Fighting Discrimination in the Housing Market Takes a Strong FHA
5/21/2018 8:04:31 AM

By Charlene Crowell   In the classic movie film, “Gone with the Wind,” the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daughter for remarking that she didn’t care about her home. In a sharp rebuke, Gerald O-Hara declared that “land was the only thing worth living for, worth fighting for…worth dying for.” For the fictional O’Hara family, Tara was their home, and the source of the family’s wealth. Fast forward to the 21st century, having a home remains a rock-solid route to building wealth that grows and becomes a key opportunity to...

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime
5/21/2018 7:59:53 AM

By Sandra Thompson, Esq.   On Saturday, April 21, 2018, I woke up excited, anticipating a round of golf at Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa. I was going to play with four ladies from “Sisters in the Fairway” (SITF), a group of about 15 professional, predominantly African American women in York County, Pa., who golf. SITF are women of various levels of expertise from beginner to advanced golfers. The group was formed in 2008 as a sisterhood of ladies who golfed with their husbands, many of whom were members of the York County Black Golfers Association. We appreciate...

Blacks Can’t Afford to Ignore Dental Health
5/21/2018 7:46:05 AM

By Julianne Malveaux While Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the all children, provide a safety net, access to dental care is a big issue, especially for children of color. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States, five times as prevalent as asthma, and dental care is one of the nation’s greatest unmet children’s health needs.,” Why? Sometimes children’s parents simply did not arrange for them to see a dentist. Sometimes, dental services were...

California Store Faces Suit Over No-Spanish Language Policy
5/10/2018 10:21:43 AM

SAN DIEGO—A grocery store in San Diego subjected Hispanic employees to harassment and a hostile work environment by implementing a no-Spanish language policy, federal officials said last week. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit alleging store managers at Albertsons publicly reprimanded Hispanic employees who were caught speaking Spanish. The workers were barred from speaking Spanish around non-Spanish speakers, even during breaks or when talking to Spanish-speaking customers, the lawsuit said. No action was taken despite employee complaints, causing...

Dr. James Cone
5/10/2018 10:17:35 AM

By Dr. Marian Wright Edelman   “The lynching tree interprets the cross. It keeps the cross out of the hands of those who are dominant. Nobody who is lynching anybody can understand the cross. That’s why it’s so important to place the cross and the lynching tree together, because the cross, or the crucifixion, was analogous to a first-century lynching. In fact, biblical scholars, when they want to describe what was happening to Jesus, many of them say it was a lynching. “And all I want to suggest is, if American Christians say they want to identify with...

Racial Mortgage Disparities Persist as Federal Housing Enforcement Lags
5/10/2018 10:14:13 AM

By Charlene Crowell   In the classic movie film, “Gone with the Wind,” the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daughter for remarking that she didn’t care about her home. In a sharp rebuke, Gerald O-Hara declared that “land was the only thing worth living for, worth fighting for…worth dying for.” For the fictional O’Hara family, Tara was their home, and the source of the family’s wealth. Fast forward to the 21st Century, having a home remains a rock-solid route to building wealth that grows and becomes a key opportunity to...

The Big Payback: Let’s ‘Takeover The Polls’
5/10/2018 10:12:10 AM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   If there ever was a time that Black people needed to fully understand the power of their Black dollar, as well as the need to emphasize the importance of putting their money where their true influence is, that time is now. The upcoming November 2018 elections are by far one of the most important election cycles in the history of the United States. More importantly, it is one that the Black community can’t afford to ignore. African Americans make up roughly 13 percent of the overall population in the U.S., and have a buying power so strong that it...

Destroying Forests Unleashes New Diseases
5/10/2018 10:01:11 AM

By Dr. Rob Cohen Every minute, logging companies and farmers cut down or burn about 30 football fields' worth of forest in developing nations. That's not just an environmental tragedy. By forcing animals from their habitats and bringing them into closer contact with humans, deforestation accelerates the spread of dangerous animal-borne diseases like Ebola, Zika, Lyme, and the plague. In other words, deforestation doesn't just kill trees and animals—it kills people. Leaders worldwide must start treating it as a public health crisis, in addition to an environmental one....

USC Receives $12.5 Million Gift for Lung Disease Research
5/3/2018 9:22:02 PM

LOS ANGELES—USC scientists developing new treatments and cures for lung disease have received a $12.5 million donation from the Hastings Foundation, the university announced Friday. The gift renews the foundation's commitment to the USC Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, which it established in 2014 with a $7.5 million donation. Researchers at the center seek breakthroughs in the laboratory that can be translated into new and promising approaches for lung injury, repair and regeneration. "This generous support will enhance our research on serious pulmonary diseases...