Standing on the Side of Love
7/18/2018 4:12:58 PM

Every July people of faith gather at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry* at our Haley Farm servant leadership training site. This year, the call by all major faiths to protect children and welcome the stranger has become an urgent and deafening roar that should grow until our political leaders abandon their cruel policies tearing children from their parents for seeking safe haven in our nation. Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United...

Racial Divides Found in Student Loan Defaults
7/18/2018 4:10:04 PM

By Charlene Crowell With 44 million consumers owing student debt that now reaches $1.5 trillion and still climbing, a lot of people want to better understand how and why this unsustainable debt trajectory can be better managed. For Black consumers who typically have less family wealth than other races and ethnicities, borrowing is more frequent, and as a result, often leads to five figure debts for undergraduate programs and well beyond $100,000 for graduate or professional degrees. Besides deep debt incurred to gain a college education, another sphere of concern presents yet another...

How to Address the Coming Shortfall of Primary Care Doctors
7/18/2018 4:07:55 PM

By Dr. G. Richard Olds About 20,000 students recently graduated from U.S. medical schools. Now, they're beginning the next chapter of their training, as residents. Yet less than 7,000 will be pursuing careers in primary care. America will be short up to 43,100 primary care physicians by 2030, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Medical schools have a responsibility to help fix this shortfall. They can do so by making primary care more alluring to students. Primary care physicians are our healthcare system's first line of defense. They diagnose illnesses,...

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME
7/18/2018 4:04:19 PM

By Oscar H. Blayton There was a reason Ku Klux Klan members wore hoods that hid their faces. Anonymity allows people to act upon their worst instincts without having to suffer the consequences. Southern bigots acted out their racial hatred as night riders and resumed their roles as responsible doctors, policemen, judges and other model citizens the next day because no one knew who was behind the masks. The internet has given individuals similar anonymity, allowing trolls and haters to assume false or cloaked identities as they terrorize their victims in cyberspace. There had...

Panel Votes to Dissolve Sativa Water Board Following Brown Water Deliveries
7/18/2018 3:45:22 PM

LOS ANGELES—A state commission voted Wednesday to begin the process of dissolving the Sativa Water District, which has come under fire in recent months for delivering brown water to customers in Compton and Willowbrook. The Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously in favor of eliminating the district, after hearing boisterous testimony from residents, many of whom wore shirts that read "Clear Water, Clean Start." "Sativa Board members have ignored their responsibilities, abused their positions and even had the nerve to give themselves bonuses, all while their customers dealt...

America Will Be!
7/12/2018 9:38:49 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   In 1935, the brilliant Black poet Langston Hughes wrote “Let America Be America Again.” Hughes wasn’t looking back to a nostalgic, idealized fantasy of America’s past. As he says in the refrain: “America never was America to me.” Instead, the poem is about the dream so many people of all colors, backgrounds, faiths, and nationalities have always had of what America should be – the “dream it used to be” of love, opportunity, equality, and freedom for all. That was the “dream so strong, so brave,...

A Letter from America’s Children
7/12/2018 9:36:44 PM

By Ron Harris   Dear U.S. Media, Democrats, Republicans, Independents and to the concerned Americans who poured out into the streets to protest Donald Trump’s cruel and faulty immigration policies, What about us? We understand and applaud your response to this administration’s malevolent separation of immigrant families from their children—policies and practices so un-American and shocking that they have come to dominate the national conversation. Your immediate, visceral response to evil spurred you into action. But there is another evil, a pervasive,...

Another Assault on the Black Press
7/12/2018 9:35:06 PM

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.   Amid the rush to comprehend the ramifications of a full-scale international trade war initiated by the errant and backward tariff policies of the Trump Administration, there are results of the tariffs that need to be challenged by Black America. The financial sustainability of the Black Press of America is now facing a catastrophic and a possible deadly impact, because of these new tariffs. The current dispute over the rising costs of the paper product termed “newsprint,” because of tariffs on Canadian newsprint threatens the future...

NEW LEGISLATION WOULD RESTORE REVOKED HUD PROTECTIONS AND RULES
7/12/2018 9:33:38 PM

By Charlene Crowell   When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a world-renowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he arrived at HUD with no governmental experience or active interest in housing’s history either. Despite those professional shortcomings, Secretary Carson swiftly began a series of actions that triggered broad and sustained criticism from civil rights and housing policy advocates. On Secretary...

Pressed on Every Side…But Not Defeated
7/2/2018 7:50:36 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   Politics can be a dirty game. It can oftentimes bring out the worst in people.  It isn’t for the faint of heart. On the flip side, however, politics gives us an opportunity to witness individuals rise above the negative elements usually associated with politics, as well as the other challenges they have endured to help them make their mark in history. Such a feat was witnessed on June 13, as San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, 43, overcame tremendous adversity and challenges to become the first African American woman to...