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The United States of Overreaction
7/19/2019 1:44:19 PM

By Matthew Johnson   On July 4, at a Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, six police officers were asked to either move out of a customer’s line of sight or leave the establishment because they were making a patron uncomfortable—for being police. As a progressive-minded American who believes certain (unjust) laws are meant to be broken and who strongly opposes any manner of police abuse or overreach, I am not particularly comfortable around police myself (although, admittedly, I am white and tend to get the benefit of the doubt during confrontations). However, I am equally...

New Measles Case Confirmed in Los Angeles County
7/19/2019 1:21:38 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Health authorities have confirmed a new case of measles that may have exposed others this month at a food court on the University of California, Los Angeles, campus. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says the exposure could have occurred July 2 and 3 at the Court of Sciences Student Center at UCLA. The food court is also nicknamed The Bomb Shelter. Anyone who was at the location on those dates may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days. Health authorities say it's the 12th case of measles among Los Angeles County residents this...

A Country We Still Have to Create By Marian Wright Edelman
7/10/2019 10:44:37 AM

This Fourth of July I am returning to the wise words of my late friend Dr. Vincent Harding, the revered historian, theologian, social justice activist, and visionary who never lost sight of the “beloved community” his friend and colleague Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed our nation and world could become. In July 2012 on his 81st birthday Dr. Harding spoke at the National and Racial Healing Town Hall at a Children’s Defense Fund’s conference. He told us he believed America was a wounded nation, but despite so many years of struggle he remained convinced America...

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and Black Futures Lab Release Second Black Census Report By Tedarius Abrams, Sharon Washington and Elae Hill
7/10/2019 10:41:54 AM

According to a new report produced in part by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Black lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans may be more concerned with everyday economic issues like low wages, unaffordable health care, and access to housing. More respondents identified these as higher priorities than marriage equality, though they strongly support laws enabling gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. The analysis of responses from over 5,300 participants in the 2019 Black Census, demonstrate that police violence and impunity—and broader societal violence that targets the...

Women’s Suffrage Forged by Founding Sisters: Happy Birthday to Ida B. By Gwen McKinney
7/10/2019 10:39:26 AM

“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.” So proclaimed Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who fearlessly shined a light with words on the abominable dark days after slavery and into the 20th century. Journalist, publisher, author, activist, and suffragist leader, Ida B.’s spirit soars. July 16 marks the 157th anniversary of her birth. Blood, sweat, and ink sealed her legacy and the future of a nation still struggling to be whole. Ida B. revered the Black press as an organizing tool. Though her newspaper The Memphis Free...

New Levels of Shame
7/4/2019 11:55:42 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   It is inconceivable that the latest headlines come from a civilized nation. “Detained Migrant Children Denied Adequate Food, Water & Sanitation in Texas.” “There Is a Stench: No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children.” “‘The Taliban gave me toothpaste’: Former captives contrast U.S. treatment of child migrants.” Last week’s Associated Press report exposed the details of the inhumane conditions and neglect at the Clint, TX Border Patrol station: “Lawyers warn that...

Let The Summer Fun Begin
7/4/2019 11:54:12 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Now that summer is upon us, we can turn our back on those frosty days of winter. I like winter as long as it is in the past tense. Otherwise, all that cold tenses me up something terrific. Now that summer is upon me, I can sit back, relax and enjoy those crazy, lazy days of summer. My plans for the summer have already been established. I have a little notebook with all the things I plan to do during the summer. If someone were to open that little notebook, they will find, much to their surprise, not a thing written on any page. That is precisely my plan....

Why Doesn’t the Supreme Court Want Americans to Know How Many Illegal Aliens There Are in the U.S. Right Now?
7/4/2019 11:44:52 AM

By Robert Romano   The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a citizenship question can be included in a Census under the U.S. Constitution, however a narrower 5 to 4 majority threw out the specific rationale used by the Trump administration for the 2020 Census, remanding the case to lower courts for adjudication. Chief Justice John Roberts, joining the higher court’s liberal justices, stated “We do not hold that the agency decision here was substantively invalid. But agencies must pursue their goals reasonably. Reasoned decision-making under the Administrative...

Plastics Are Strangling the Planet By Bill Fletcher, Jr.
6/27/2019 10:24:41 AM

On my morning walk I pass a tree every day that has a long plastic bag stuck in the branches. I keep wondering whether my neighbor realizes that the bag is strangling the tree. I am not exaggerating. The plastic is not simply sitting on the branches but is cutting off air to the tree. Over time, that branch could die. Think about that the next time you are driving and see plastic bags flying around landing on bushes and trees. This is not a neutral issue. I thought, again, about this matter of plastics when I read a fascinating piece in the Guardian concerning the global glut of plastics...

A Tale of Two Graduations By Julianne Malveaux
6/27/2019 10:22:17 AM

I love graduations! I thoroughly enjoy the sense of achievement and possibility that permeates the air. Graduations signify an ending, but the term "commencement" is used to signify beginnings since they are not only an opportunity to mark completion, but also to mark the beginning of a new chapter of life. In some ways, commencements, regardless of the college or university, with the pomp and circumstance, the ritual robes, the rousing speeches, the tearful families. The two commencements I attended during this graduation season shared those characteristics, but in many ways, they...