Make anti-poverty tax credits permanent

“The Earned Income Tax Credit is the most effective anti-poverty program in the United State. It both encourages and rewards work by allowing low-income...

‘Asking directions while Black’ could be deadly

Sherry McLain, age 67 – a White woman from Tennessee – was loading her car in a Wal-Mart parking lot. James Crutchfield, a 52-year-old...

Humane treatment shouldn’t require demonstrations

In October 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times and killed by a Chicago policeman. With the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and...

Stop trivialization, preservation of slavery, racism

As one of the co-founders of the evolving environmental justice movement worldwide, I am always interested in how some people today who have amassed...

Republicans ignore Black people

As I watched the Republican debate on October 10, I thought about Kanye West and the comments he made in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina...

Dr. Ben Carson and lessons from Clarence Thomas

I will never forget the debate that engulfed Black America at the time of the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. On...

How to win elections behind the ‘Cotton Curtain’

We won the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at Selma, combining the power of a principled mass movement led by Dr. King and a...

Ohioans lose millions to loan fees

Despite a landslide voter decision in 2008 to cap payday lending rates at 28 percent, the state’s small-dollar, high-cost lending has continued to grow...

Yes, change is gonna come

JAMES WASHINGTON GUEST COLUMNIST Most of us would agree with the concept that the one sure thing that we know about life is change. The comparison to...

What’s wrong with the truth?

Award-winning film director Quentin Tarantino gets high props for stepping up to tell some truth about the many murders of African-Americans at the hands...

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