The Census Citizenship Question and Children
8/1/2018 2:39:16 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Who counts as a person in America? The answer is more complicated than it should be. Every ten years the government is required by the Constitution to count the entire resident population of the United States. The Census matters for a very long list of reasons beginning with political representation: the count is used to determine how seats in the House of Representatives are distributed and states rely on it to map their own legislative districts. Census data are used to determine how federal and state funding are distributed for Medicaid, nutrition...

Issues in Harris County and Across the Nation
8/1/2018 2:34:48 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   During a recent trip to Houston, Rev. Jesse Jackson joined forces with Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis and various local community advocates, to address a litany of social justice issues that have impacted many individuals in the Greater Houston area, as well as across the entire nation. At a news conference that was held at the Harris County Precinct One El Rio Service Center, Rev. Jackson joined Commissioner Ellis to talk about why Harris County Commissioners Court should settle a bail reform lawsuit and a push for the county to adopt a...

ICE Policies Hurt Our Communities Beyond the Border
8/1/2018 2:31:40 PM

By Hamid Yazdan Panah   Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out one of its largest raids in years, arresting more than 140 people in Ohio. But raids and family separation are only part of the total impact ICE has on our communities. The Trump administration has attempted to justify aggressive immigration enforcement by claiming they help make our cities safer, yet the opposite may be true. Immigration advocates have raised concerns about public safety based on ICE’s track record of abuse, militarized operations and propensity to identify themselves...

This Is Why Migrant Parents Travel with Children
8/1/2018 2:29:30 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.   There has been a strange response by many White conservatives to the separation of migrant children from their parents.  Whether we are discussing undocumented migrants or those requesting asylum, there has been rightwing pushback to the larger chorus of condemnation of the Trump administration for its zero tolerance. These right-wingers claim that it is the parents who are to blame for the separation crisis. Let’s stop and think about this for a moment. The parents of these children are attempting to escape criminal violence or destitution....

Federal Public Housing Residents Now Protected from Secondhand Smoke
8/1/2018 2:27:18 PM

It sneaks in through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems. It may have been festering in your walls or your neighbors for years and years. It is a critically serious health threat that can trigger life-long disease, debilitation and even death. It’s secondhand smoke. As of this past Monday, all federally owned public housing is to be smoke-free, protecting smokers and non-smokers alike, “Everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life, and ensuring homes are free from the risks of secondhand smoke is a critical step for the...

Study: Lowering Blood Pressure Helps Prevent Mental Decline
8/1/2018 2:20:42 PM

By Marilynn Marchione   CHICAGO (AP)—Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer's disease, a major study finds. It's the first time a single step has been clearly shown to help prevent a dreaded condition that has had people trying crossword puzzles, diet supplements and a host of other things in hope of keeping their mind sharp. In the study, people treated to a top blood pressure reading of 120 instead of 140 were 19 percent less likely to...

Dorothy Cotton: Lessons in Servant Leadership and Movement Building
7/25/2018 5:08:36 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman “We love Dr. King. I love Dr. King, but it was not Dr. King’s movement. He did not start the Civil Rights Movement…It was started by one person here, one person there, one person over here. If you see something wrong, sometimes you may have to start an action all by yourself. One person sees something wrong and starts doing something about it. People will join you if you do it with the right spirit.” Dear friend Dorothy Cotton, who died last month at 88, worked tirelessly to do something about the injustices around her that she knew were...

Congress Must Stop Family Separation
7/25/2018 5:06:44 PM

By Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) Like many Americans, the treatment of children and families at the border has shaken me to my core. San Diego-based U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw has essentially said to stop defying the courts and reunite these families. The deadline to reunify parents with children under 5 was July 10th, and the deadline to reunify children five and older is July 26th.   The Administration has asked for an extension saying it would need more time to reconnect parents and children in certain cases. They have requested an extension to the deadline, but...

WHO IS THE BROTHER IN THE BOAT WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON?
7/25/2018 5:04:45 PM

By Oscar H. Blayton We’ve all seen the painting. Gen. George Washington strikes a heroic pose, standing in a boat being rowed through an icy river on his way to win the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War.  But take a close look at Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting of Washington crossing the Delaware and you might wonder who is the Black man in the boat?  He is third from the left, just to the left of Washington’s right knee, and seemingly straining at an oar. For years, people have speculated that this “Brother in the Boat” may have...

You Don’t Have to Break the Bank to Give Back
7/25/2018 4:57:31 PM

By Dr. Harry L. Williams Earlier this year, a man named Jack Weldon Patrick passed away in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. A long-time lawyer, Patrick was remembered as a family man, an advocate for social justice, and a respected community leader. One day a check arrived by mail for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in memory of Jack Weldon Patrick. A few days later, another one arrived, and a few weeks later, another check. Individual donations kept coming to support the work of TMCF and our publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in honor of Jack....