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God Help Us to End Poverty in Our Time
10/17/2019 1:17:04 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman The poverty of having a child with too little to eat and no place to sleep, no air, sunlight and space to breathe, bask, and grow. The poverty of watching your child suffer and get sicker and sicker and not knowing what to do or how to get help because you don’t have a car or health insurance. The poverty of working your fingers to the bone every day taking care of somebody else’s children and neglecting your own and still being unable to pay your bills. The poverty of having a job which does not let you afford a stable place to live and being...

Legendary Olympic Athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos Earn Induction Into U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
10/11/2019 10:02:39 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   Their raised fists were as legendary as they were controversial. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, known for their Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics medal ceremonies, have earned induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The induction is scheduled for Nov. 1. Smith’s and Carlos' gestures of declaration, performed at the height of the civil rights movement in the U.S., were among the most powerful statements made during that era in American history. The two athletes courageously used the world's biggest stage to take a stand...

Senate Education Chair Blocks Bipartisan Bill to Extend HBCU Funding
10/11/2019 10:01:22 AM

By Charlene Crowell   Each year as families beam with pride at seeing a son, daughter or another relative graduate from college, that achievement is nearly always the result of a family’s commitment to higher education. And when these institutions are among the more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), that pride is magnified by the history of how our forefathers overcame what once seemed to be insurmountable challenges. According to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, between 1861 and 1900 more than 90 HBCUs were founded....

Rev. C.T. Vivian's Wisdom
10/11/2019 10:00:21 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Legendary civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian turned 95 this year, celebrating a lifetime of wisdom and service. Rev. Vivian, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, was a leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a role model for so many of us in the 1960s era of civil rights activism. He remains an indispensable long haul moral, racial, and economic justice warrior. I am so grateful for his friendship and example. A few years ago Rev. Vivian inspired and challenged a receptive...

Fannie Lou Hamer Died of Untreated Breast Cancer
10/11/2019 9:53:31 AM

By Julianne Malveaux   October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the proliferation of pink ribbons is about to start. Predatory capitalists will make breast cancer their cause, producing pink t-shirts, pocketbooks, everything. It's a mixed blessing, this awareness, because too many will make this both a marketing and a profit-making opportunity, while others will wonder how they can use their health insurance to afford a mammogram. Health equity is a major issue, and there is a gap in health care and health access. It is especially sharp when we address the issue of breast...

HUD Says Deregulation, Not Affordable Housing, Needed to Solve Homelessness
10/2/2019 6:53:12 PM

By Charlene Crowell   For more than a decade, economists, lawmakers, and others have heralded the nation’s economy. Often citing how unemployment has declined as new jobs have been created, or Wall Street trading and major bank profits rising, some might be led to believe that all is well in America. But as Sportin’ Life in the folk opera Porgy and Bess sang, “It ain’t necessarily so.” On September 16, California Governor Gavin Newsom joined by state officials representing cities and counties wrote a letter that urged President Donald Trump to...

Chipping Away at New Police Open Records Requests
10/2/2019 6:52:08 PM

By The Riverside Press-Enterprise on open records request:   A core element of a free and open society is the concept of open records and meetings. In delegating authority to the government, the people ``do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know,'' as the preamble to the state's seminal open-meetings law, the Ralph M. Brown Act, makes clear. Because that concept makes those who work for the government uncomfortable, officials routinely chip away at the public's access to...

Protect Children Not Guns!
10/2/2019 6:49:44 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “Sometimes, I sit back and I have to escape from what I see and hear every day.” I hope this opening line of Milwaukee 11-year-old Sandra Parks’ award-winning essay on gun violence will make enough adults wake up and act to stop the slaughter of children. An aspiring writer, Sandra entered her school district’s Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest in sixth grade with “Our Truth,” her devastating account of growing up in a neighborhood and nation terrorized by guns. “We are in a state of chaos,” she wrote....

Congress Must Act to Address Gun Violence
10/2/2019 6:36:31 PM

By Senator Chuck Schumer Exclusive to NNPA Newswire   It seems like every few months, our nation is rocked by another mass shooting. El Paso and Dayton are only the latest of a list of tragedies that stretches from Parkland to Pittsburgh, Charleston to Columbine, San Bernardino to Sandy Hook, and to Las Vegas. And while these high-profile mass shootings dominate headlines, they are only the tip of the iceberg. Every day, communities across the country are ripped apart by gun violence. This reality is especially harrowing for Black Americans. Consider these statistics from the...

Nation’s Largest Teachers Unions, Others, Prepare for Climate Change Summit
9/25/2019 12:44:29 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Young people from around the country and world united to help fight climate change last Friday, just three days before the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York this week. Officials at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said youth lead adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, and others, to demand the changes necessary to save the world's future. The summit will feature heads of state, representatives from the private sector, UN officials said. Teen activist Greta Thunberg is also expected to attend. UN Officials have...