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Curt Flood Passed Over for Hall of Fame While Marvin Miller is Voted In
12/26/2019 5:22:14 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.   When it was announced on December 8th that the late Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), had finally been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame I let out a yell of glee! Finally, an individual who did so much for baseball and knocked down so many walls has been recognized. Transforming an organization—the MLBPA—that was barely functioning into one of the most important labor unions in the USA was no small feat. And opening the door to free agency, which he and his leadership team...

Pots and Kettles—Republican Hypocrisy and Double-Talk
12/19/2019 12:34:13 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   When you elect a clown, expect a circus, and this month's impeachment hearings have been precisely that. Yelling, shouting, and disrespectful accusing seem more the rule than the exception. The increased volume of Mr. Trump's tweets echoes his fear and discomfort because he has been called out. Republican histrionics and obsession with "process" suggest that Mr. Trump's party is not especially interested in facts. Even the falsehood that Democrats have been "out to get" this President since he was elected is outright wrong....

FTC Announces Record $191M Settlement Against University of Phoenix
12/19/2019 12:28:52 PM

By Charlene Crowell   The University of Phoenix (UOP), one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges will pay a record $191 million settlement to resolve charges stemming from a five-year investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On December 10, Andrew Smith, Director of FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection noted it was the largest settlement the Commission has obtained in a case against a for-profit school. “Students making important decisions about their education need the facts, not fantasy job opportunities that do not exist,” stated...

Always Give Love and Thanks My Truth
12/13/2019 3:07:49 PM

By Cheryl Smith   I’ve always heard that one man’s Heaven is another’s hell. While one group is celebrating Juneteenth, the other side was bemoaning the ending of slavery. That’s pretty much the way it is with Thanksgiving. Now, November is significant for a number of reasons, including it is American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month, which brings me to my truth: We’re not living in a vacuum and we have to be concerned about others. Now, when I was growing up, everyone, I mean every Black person I knew claimed some type of...

Following Supreme Court Oral Argument, Harris Resolution Affirms 150-Year-Old Federal Civil Rights Law
12/13/2019 2:51:33 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced a Senate resolution affirming the importance of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Section 1981, one of the country’s fundamental anti-discrimination laws. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. Harris’ resolution follows oral argument in the United States Supreme Court case, Comcast Corporation v. National Association of African American-Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc....

The Truth About Guns in America
11/20/2019 11:27:17 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Once again this week the breaking news showed the devastating scenes at a school shooting—this time at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. In a nation with more guns than people, the pervasive fear of gun violence saturates our children’s lives. Why do we continue to allow guns to steal our children’s lives, dreams, futures and childhoods? America’s obsession with guns is fueled by myths and misconceptions—and this misinformation is no accident. For years the gun lobby has...

Housing Discrimination Complaints Highest in 24 Years While HUD Rolls Back Rules
11/20/2019 11:03:02 AM

By Charlene Crowell   As a candidate, President Donald Trump promised if elected that deregulation of the federal government would be an administration priority. Soon after taking the oath of office, he issued an executive order requiring that all departments and agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every one new regulation proposed. In some cases, rules that were adopted prior to his term office but had not yet taken effect were either suspended or delayed. For example, the long-awaited payday rule at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was one...

Journalists Blast Facebook’s Zuckerberg for ‘Free Expression’ Speech
11/13/2019 9:37:40 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Approximately 7,200 jobs in the news industry were lost in the past year. Journalism in America is facing an existential threat from the monopolistic control of tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple. A growing group of publishers, news gatherers, journalists, photographers, and other professionals, the Save Journalism Project’s is to educate and activate journalists across the country to tell the story of big tech's threat to journalism. The leadership at the Save Journalism Project scoffed at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent...

America’s Veterans Deserve Better from For-Profit Colleges
11/13/2019 9:22:11 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Every year, the 11th day of the 11th month is observed as Veterans Day. It’s a time to honor the 18.2 million men and women still living who served in at least one war. Though observances vary across the nation, each celebrates the American ideal of service to country. It’s also a time to remember that our nation makes promises to these patriots that must be kept. From health care to home loans and educational benefits, our nation supports the well-being and financial security of those who have served and their families. For example, VA...

Remembering Congressman Elijah Cummings and the Journey Still Ahead
11/6/2019 2:43:00 PM

By Charlene Crowell   The nationally televised October 25 funeral services for the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, paused partisan debates and revealed how a son of Baltimore worked tirelessly for his constituents and for this nation. In the days since his home-going, I have marveled at how his life’s work somehow brought together officials who held firm to their stark political divides but united to honor a man who believed that everyone deserved a fair chance at all America had to offer. Even in death he broke yet another barrier by becoming the first Black Member...