January Special!
‘One Mistake Away’ from Homelessness
11/7/2018 8:32:27 PM

By Lee Eric Smith   Admit it: Sometimes you go out of your way to avoid a homeless person.  So do I. I’m not proud to say it, but it’s true. If I can’t cross the street to evade them, I search my brain for my pre-programmed “no” response to their inevitable request for a dollar. “I ain’t got it, bruh,” is my go-to line, which, too often, is simply the truth. It’s not danger that I feel.  If you’re like me, the problem with having even a brief conversation with a homeless person is that you come away feeling...

Reclaiming Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
11/7/2018 8:29:50 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Children continue to be terrorized by the daily reality that there is no safe space in our gun-saturated country. They are filled with fear they will be killed in a school shooting, on the streets of their neighborhoods and even in the sacred places where they and their families worship. A Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. And now the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where worshipers had gathered on Saturday morning for Shabbat...

Week of Trump-Connected Violence Once Again Sets Off Alarms on His Words, Policies
11/7/2018 8:27:42 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   A week that started with President Donald Trump announcing that he is “a nationalist,” to the delight of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, ended with the arrest of a Trump supporter in Florida on charges of attempting to assassinate several of Trump’s political opponents. That supporter, Cesar Sayoc, lived in a van decorated with a collage of images of Trump’s critics, including one of Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton in the crosshairs, attempted to murder two former Democratic presidents and other critics...

Why Did I Ever Grow Up?
11/7/2018 8:20:26 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   At times, I have to do some errands for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. It’s not that I like to do these errands, but I have learned this is one secret to getting along with her. The errand she had for me was to go to the Mall and pick up something she had ordered. In my own way I tried to finagle out of that errand, but the more I finagled the more insistent she was. So, I decided to finagle no more. As the pop song says, “I have a million reasons not to go, give me one reason to go.” I tried to play this on her and her...

I Will Vote! Choosing NOT to Vote Still Impacts You
10/31/2018 10:01:07 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   “I Will Vote!” That is such an empowering statement, when you think about it, especially considering how important voting is for Black people at this critical time in this country. The voting rights of Blacks are being targeted and threatened every day and those threats have become extremely rampant over the course of the last several months leading up to these important midterm elections in a few weeks. Early voting has begun in several states and the shenanigans have also increased. There have been a number of reports coming out across...

Over 53 Million Consumers Unbanked or Underbanked
10/31/2018 9:59:18 PM

By Charlene Crowell One of the most reliable measures of a community’s economic vitality is convenient access to full-service banking. Regardless of whether a community is urban, suburban or rural, both consumers and local businesses rely on brick and mortar bank branches for a wide array of products and services. New research that measures how well banks serve communities found that America’s access to banking expanded from 2015 to 2017 – except when it comes to more than 53 million Black and Latino consumers or others with low incomes or less education. In...

Lessons from Ruby Bridges
10/31/2018 9:58:19 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman I recently had the joy of presenting an award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs to Ruby Bridges. As a six-year-old first grader in New Orleans in 1960, Ruby Bridges became the first Black student to attend an all-White elementary school in the South. She showed unforgettable loving forgiveness and courage when faced with ugly screaming White mobs who jeered and taunted her every day as she walked into William Frantz Elementary School. Federal marshals had to escort Ruby to school every day, but she never quit or turned...

Politically Correct, or Perfectly Civil
10/31/2018 9:57:08 PM

By Julianne Malveaux Megyn Kelly is off the air at NBC. After her horridly vapid statement saying she didn't see anything wrong with blackface, she apologized the next day and even invited journalist Roland Martin on to take her to school. Roland did a brilliant job in explaining the history of blackface and the way it demeans African American people, and it was great that he had the opportunity to educate, not only his odious host but also the millions who watch Megyn Kelly daily. So, Kelly tearfully apologized, and she listened to Roland and television commentator Amy Holmes as they...

Is There Interference in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections?
10/24/2018 4:07:24 PM

By Michael Balsamo   WASHINGTON (AP)—When the Justice Department unsealed criminal charges detailing a yearslong effort by a Russian troll farm to “sow division and discord in the U.S. political system,” it was the first federal case alleging continued foreign interference in U.S. elections. Earlier Friday, American intelligence officials released a rare public statement asserting that Russia, China, Iran and other countries are engaged in ongoing efforts to influence U.S. policy and voters in future elections. The statement didn't provide details on...

L.A. County Looks to Expand Jail Diversion Program
10/24/2018 4:05:38 PM

LOS ANGELES—A pilot program aimed at getting homeless people who commit low-level crimes into treatment or housing rather than jail cells is likely to be expanded, based on a vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said 42 of the 109 people enrolled in the pilot have since moved into in-patient substance abuse treatment programs or bridge or permanent housing. About 80 percent of those enrolled were homeless when they entered the law-enforcement assisted diversion or LEAD program. "The county's LEAD pilot program has...