Fair Housing’s Unfinished 50-Year Journey
3/28/2018 9:30:10 PM

By Charlene Crowell Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The other marks the enactment of what many would argue is the strongest of the civil rights laws enacted during the 1960s: The Fair Housing Act. As observances begin across the country, now is an appropriate time to recall how fair housing was a key issue for Dr. Martin...

Black Women Need Better Access to Reproductive Healthcare
3/28/2018 9:29:10 PM

By Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley I’ve been a practicing OB/GYN for nearly 15 years, long enough to see patient after patient struggle through the web of systemic barriers that make accessing healthcare needlessly difficult. At my practice in Baltimore, in a state that is a national trailblazer in providing comprehensive and affordable reproductive healthcare, I still hear every day from women who struggle to get the care they need. My patients have told me stories about having to take three buses to get to an appointment, only to be turned away, if they are late. Some patients...

REMEMBER (THE TRUTH ABOUT) THE ALAMO
3/28/2018 9:28:15 PM

By Oscar H. Blayton On a Saturday evening in February 1955, like a million other kids in America with their eyes glued to black and white televisions, I sat watching Walt Disney's version of the Battle of the Alamo. What we saw was the popular actor Fess Parker portraying a heroic Davy Crockett on the ramparts of the famous old Spanish mission battling Mexican soldiers in the defense of freedom. What I did not know at the time was that the history surrounding this battle, and the role of Americans in the early history of the Mexican republic, was being extremely...

Tens of Thousands Turn Out for Downtown L.A. Gun Control March
3/28/2018 9:24:19 PM

LOS ANGELES—Tens of thousands of people marched in downtown Los Angeles in solidarity with the Florida high school mass shooting survivors to advocate for stronger gun control laws. Marchers of all ages crowded into the area around City Hall Saturday carrying banners and signs, some of which said "Protect Kids Not Guns" and "Arms Are For Hugging." Police officers on the scene put the early crowd estimate at least 40,000 and growing. Organizers said they anticipated as many as 200,000 people. The march was one of hundreds taking place around the world in...

ICE Director Set to Testify in California Immigration Suit
3/28/2018 9:11:46 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO—The nation's top immigration enforcer is likely to testify in a lawsuit brought by the Trump administration over California's so-called sanctuary laws seeking to protect people in the country illegally, a federal judge said Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall Newman said his “strong inclination” is to require four hours of sworn testimony by Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting director. He said a final order is imminent. Homan must back up claims that the federal government is...

President Trump’s 2019 Budget Hurts Blacks
3/21/2018 9:25:56 AM

By Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus   If you want to know how a president feels about your community, then all you need to do is look at his or her budget, because it reflects their values—both what they value and what they don’t. If you look at President Trump’s FY 2019 budget, it’s clear that he doesn’t value low-income and black and brown communities because he cuts programs that these communities disproportionately rely on, including the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (food stamp program),...

Black Women You Should Know
3/21/2018 9:25:18 AM

By Julianne Malveaux   All too often, our “history” month turns into a tribute to the past. And while the past is an important place to lift up it is, indeed, a tributary, a stream that flows into the larger stream of an unbounded future. The future must always be greater than the present, or there has been no progress. And, in the words of Frederick Douglas, “progress concedes nothing without a demand.” I spend much of Women’s History Month thinking of those who have come before me; I stand on their shoulders.  I claim Women’s History...

The Republican Party Is Off to the Racists
3/21/2018 9:24:44 AM

By Raynard Jackson   Five years after the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) infamous “autopsy” report was issued, the party’s standing within the Black community, continues to get worse. This autopsy report was the RNC’s cynical attempt to provide political cover for the party’s incompetence after Mitt Romney’s devastating presidential election loss to former President Barack Obama in 2012. Republicans got destroyed in every conceivable demographic group imaginable. Did the party really need a study or autopsy to find out that the...

Our Children’s Cry: Do Something!
3/21/2018 9:23:00 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   On March 14th, Americans witnessed a remarkable scene as tens of thousands of students across our country walked out of their classrooms to honor the tragic and preventable loss of 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida one month earlier and to demand that adults, especially political leaders, take common sense and life saving steps against epidemic gun violence in our nation. Students from Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas demonstrated outside the White House and marched on the U.S. Capitol...

Senate Lawmakers Seek to Gut Fair Housing
3/15/2018 1:10:21 AM

By Charlene Crowell   Charlene Crowell is the Center for Responsible Lending's Deputy Communications Director. In just a few weeks, civil rights and housing advocates will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Just four days following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Congress passed the law on April 10, 1968. On the following day, President Lyndon Baines Johnson's signature made it unlawful to discriminate in housing sales, rentals and finance. Although race, color, religion and national origin were the original protected classes,...