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After 51 Years, Fair Housing Still an Unfinished Journey
4/11/2019 10:39:11 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Fifty-one years this month, the Fair Housing Act (the Act) was enacted to ensure that housing discrimination was illegal. Yet just days before the annual observance of Fair Housing Month began, headline news articles reminded the nation that housing discrimination still exists. For example, on March 19, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) fined Citibank $25 million for violations related to mortgage lending. At issue was Citibank’s “relationship pricing” program that afforded mortgage applicants either a credit on closing...

Standing Up Against the Death Penalty
4/11/2019 10:21:07 PM

By Marian Wright-Edelman   California Governor Gavin Newsom recently took the strong step of declaring a moratorium on the death penalty in California, saying: “Our death penalty system has been, by all measures, a failure. It has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can’t afford expensive legal representation. It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent. It has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. Most of all, the death penalty is absolute. It’s irreversible and irreparable in the event of human...

Toward a Living Wage
4/3/2019 1:59:32 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   It is unfathomable that the federal minimum wage has not been increased in more than a decade, since 2007. That the wage, at $7.25 per hour, has remained flat through recession and recovery, through extremely high unemployment rates and much lower ones. Republicans have absolutely refused to consider minimum wage increases, and in early March rejected a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. Still, with the Democratic majority in Congress, the bill came out of committee on a 28-20 party line vote. While the federal...

$62 Billion in Education Cuts Proposed, Key College Aid Could Be Slashed
4/3/2019 1:58:13 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Every budget defines priorities and values. To put it another way, what’s really important in life gets supported financially. For many families, having a home, food, and utilities usually rank pretty high. Then there are other budgetary concerns like saving for college or having a ‘rainy day’ fund to cover less frequent costs that can be much higher than the size of the next pay check.   Government budgets, built on taxpayer dollars, also reveal priorities. At the federal level, budgets are proposed by the executive branch, but it is...

American Exceptionalism at Its Worst
4/3/2019 1:45:46 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   On March 15, a terrorist carrying two semi-automatic weapons and three rifles attacked worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 men, women, and children—some of them refugees who had fled war zones seeking safety. In the hours that followed nearly 70,000 New Zealanders signed petitions calling for gun control reform, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led the nation’s elected leaders in vowing to take swift action. On March 21, less than a week later, Prime Minister Ardern announced the introduction of a...

Dr. Rosie Phillips Davis Draws Upon ‘Real Story’ to Lead American Psychological Association
4/3/2019 1:29:15 PM

By Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell   It’s not that Dr. Rosie Phillips Davis (formerly Bingham) feels she doesn’t appreciate news outlets all over the nation writing about her life and work. It’s just that that everyone keeps missing the real story. So what is the real story? “The real story is that I am a product of the public school system,” says Davis, who serves as the 2019 president of the American Psychological Association (APA). “I attended public schools and graduated from high school equipped and prepared to pursue higher...

Clergy Pray in Protest at Trump Doral While 130-Member Coalition Petitions CFPB
3/29/2019 4:51:02 PM

Prayers and Petitions Call for Payday Rule Enactment By Charlene Crowell   Every year the payday lending industry convenes in an effort to further expand and preserve the combined $8 billion-dollars in fees generated each year by consumers caught in that and car-title loans. This year, 2019, also marks the second consecutive year, that the organization representing sellers of these debt-trap loans, the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), has held its event at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami. Pardon me; but it appears that the payday lending...

Attorney Says States Are ‘Criminalizing’ Protests
3/29/2019 4:49:57 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   With protests growing increasingly common around the country, the movement to silence those who exercise their First Amendment Rights is fast gaining traction. At least that’s the opinion of one North Carolina attorney who said the wave of legislation to criminalize protests has hit Charlotte where a controversial ordinance known as the “Extraordinary Event” law even led to a city councilman being charged for carrying a water bottle and a gas mask. “That ordinace permits police to stop and search residents based on what they deem...

Everyone Must Condemn Trump’s Sly Encouragement of Lawless Violence
3/29/2019 4:48:54 PM

By Jesse Jackson   Racism is not natural. Babies—Black, brown, white—explore the world and each other with wonder, not hate. Racism has to be taught. It is learned behavior. To assume that a person is inherently superior or inferior to another based upon race is unnatural and ungodly. Racism is used for political manipulation and economic exploitation. In a land founded on the belief that all men are created equal, slavery could not be justified without a racism that depicted slaves as sub-human. These basic truths need restating in this terrible time. Across the...

Major prostate cancer research targeting African Americans set to begin
3/22/2019 11:30:33 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   For African American men, prostate cancer is real. Health statistics paint disturbing trends, including that 60 percent of Black males are more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other race. Just as unsettling, African American men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than any other ethnic group. The seriousness of this disparity isn’t lost on a national network of prostate cancer researchers and experts who have joined forces to study prostate cancer in African American men. The team has received a $26 million grant as part of...