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Time for $10-an-hour minimum wage


Time for $10-an-hour minimum wage


Last month, legislators led by my son Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. called on the Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour, back to the levels it reached in 1968, and index it to inflation so it doesn’t lose value over time. Republicans in Congress will block a vote on this measure. Democratic […]

Taking care of those who take care of us


Taking care of those who take care of us


Ai-Jen Poo leads the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Who are these folks? They are the private household workers (maids) who propped up inept women in the movie “The Help.” They are the home health aides who take care of our elders when they are ill or disabled, bringing meals, bathing them, and accompanying them to […]

Not everyone has fair chance at success


Not everyone has fair chance at success


In a “One Big Tent America,” everyone deserves a fair chance to succeed.
We shouldn’t trade in the legacy of the “New Deal” and “Fair Deal” for a Raw Deal. It follows from the Declaration of Independence that declared that “all men are created equal,” expanded over time to include all men and women. It follows […]

Pass the Voter Empowerment Act



Pass the Voter Empowerment Act



Thanks to rising citizen outrage and efforts like the National Urban League’s “Occupy the Vote” campaign, the voter suppression movement is facing mounting resistance. As we reported several weeks ago, voter suppression laws in Florida designed to purge voter rolls and make it more difficult to register voters, have now been challenged by the Justice […]

Silence wasn’t golden at ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ march

Silence wasn’t golden at ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ march

This month’s march against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s infamous Stop-and-Frisk policies, which have humiliated millions of Black and Brown New Yorkers over the past decade and spread like a racist virus to cities across the country, was “silent” by design. NAACP executive director Ben Jealous, one of the principal organizers, maintains that the […]

Rodney King symbolized police brutality

Rodney King symbolized police brutality

Rodney King was found dead early Sunday morning at the bottom of his swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif. No foul play was suspected. King would be the first to tell you that his lifelong bout with alcohol and drugs and frequent run-ins with police did not qualify him for icon status. Yet, […]

Reconnecting with the Motherland

Reconnecting with the Motherland

I’ve traveled to several African states, often to attend the Leon Sullivan African/African-American Summits. There’s nothing like the feeling experienced when arriving on the African continent. Brothers and sisters are always exuberant in their welcome of guests, but African-Americans tend not to feel like guests. It’s about returning to the home of our ancestors who […]

Let’s unify around the Unity Movement

Let’s unify around the Unity Movement

Do you believe that Black people should better utilize more of our $900 billion-plus annual aggregate income to start and grow businesses?  Do you believe Black people should share our information and experience with one another to build a brighter future for our children? If your answers are “yes,” join thousands of others in the Black […]

SunTrust, Wells Fargo settle mortgage discrimination lawsuits

SunTrust, Wells Fargo settle mortgage discrimination lawsuits

Two of the nation’s largest banks have each agreed to multimillion-dollar settlements of mortgage lending lawsuits that alleged widespread discriminatory lending. Wells Fargo, with $1.3 trillion in assets, announced on May 29 that it agreed to pay Shelby County, Tenn. and its largest city, Memphis, $7.5 million. Of these funds, $4.5 million will be dedicated […]

Obama is not the first ‘Black president’

Obama is not the first ‘Black president’

Professor Fredrick Harris has written in his op ed, “Still Waiting for Our First Black President’’ that “Obama has pursued a racially defused electoral and governing strategy, keeping issues of specific interest to African Americans — off the national agenda.” Michael Nutter the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia replied to Harris in the Huffington […]