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Facing the assault on civil rights

Facing the assault on civil rights

The Trump administration has launched an unprecedented rollback of civil rights and voting rights. Those who care about building a more perfect union face harsh headwinds. We’ve gone from an administration seeking to fulfill these rights to one seeking to repeal these rights. Instead of a reconstruction, we are faced with a retrenchment, an effort […]

Trump’s lies never seem to stop

Trump’s lies never seem to stop

I’m a product of the Southern experience. Many of my views are shaped by the “mother wit” and logic learned growing up there. There’s something unique to the down-to-earth “common sense” of the “old folks” as they reckoned with and evaluated their circumstance and environment. One of the frequently repeated axioms I distinctly remember goes […]

Are you better off in a ‘45’ presidency?

Are you better off in a ‘45’ presidency?

The man who currently occupies the Oval Office (I call him “45” because we do not believe in feeding bloated egos) promised to “Make America Great Again.” He said that he would create jobs, generate economic growth, and create a new and better health care environment than the one we got from the Affordable Care […]

Democrats, we are your base!

Democrats, we are your base!

For years, Black people have delivered our vote to Democrats. Many Democrats wouldn’t have won without our vote. Now some Black people, and other people of color, have become discouraged because no matter the votes we deliver, we are taken for granted. Once elected, many forget our efforts on their behalves. When I ran for […]

Time to shut down sham election commission

Time to shut down sham election commission

It was clear from the moment it was announced that the federal “Election Integrity Commission” was nothing more than a vehicle for voter suppression. With an intrusive request for personal voter information, the Commission has ventured into the territory of intimidation. Fortunately, state officials aren’t having it. At least 44 states are refusing to comply […]

Is there any decency left?

Is there any decency left?

During the 2016 campaign, our 45th president once promised that he would be “so presidential that it will be boring.” If only. Instead, he has managed to irk even his Republican allies by wallowing in the muck of name-calling, yet again, belittling a woman for her looks. Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski, 45 tweeted, was […]

Give us the ballot – Restore the Voting Rights Act

Give us the ballot – Restore the Voting Rights Act

Voting is not a privilege. It is a fundamental, constitutionally ratified right afforded to all eligible citizens. The right to elect your federal, state and local representatives and weigh in on proposed local policies via ballot measures is the very definition of democracy: rule by the people. Laws that deny eligible men and women the […]

The Obamas are gone, but not forgotten

The Obamas are gone, but not forgotten

The only time I can remember time moving as slowly as it has during the past six months was when I was eight and had to wait an entire year between Christmases. True or not, it feels like the Trump administration has slowed the progress of time and assigned each day an additional 36 hours. […]

Jay-Z’s gesture brings focus to prisons, poverty

Jay-Z’s gesture brings focus to prisons, poverty

Hip-hop legend Jay-Z celebrated Father’s Day by allowing incarcerated fathers to spend the day with their families. Pick any day of the week in America and an estimated 700,000 people are populating our nation’s local city and county jails. Of those behind bars, 60 percent, nearly half a million people – many of them Black […]

Health care in the dark

Health care in the dark

My grandmother and (yours too, probably) used to say that things done in the dark would eventually come to light. There is way too much “dark” public policy being done by this administration, too many instances when whispers and innuendo are substitutes for truth and transparency. If the 45th president wonders why there are so […]