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Without a gun, how many lives would have been saved?

Without a gun, how many lives would have been saved?

When news broke of the murders at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Aug. 5, people of all faiths and backgrounds and the first responders who came to the scene to help were horrified by the ambush on men and women as they prepared for worship services. Leaders across the country quickly denounced the hate […]

‘Capital punishment’ in the workplace

‘Capital punishment’ in the workplace

In employment law, they speak about a termination or firing as being the “capital punishment” of employment relations. This may sound dramatic – unless you have been fired.  And, truth be told, if you do not have a labor union, you are really up the creek if you are terminated. I have a friend who […]

Activism – then and now

Activism – then and now

Every time I see a march or rally, I think of the rally of all rallies, which was the 1963 March on Washington. Forty-nine years later, there is nothing that equals that march, not in participation, nor in results. These days, folks march to make a point, but back in the day, we marched to […]

A ‘criminal’ for wanting a good education for girls

A ‘criminal’ for wanting a good education for girls

As a parent, what lengths would you take to ensure that your child had an opportunity to achieve the American Dream? If you love your child as much as I love my two daughters, the limits to your sacrifice are endless. Marian Wright Edelman once said, “Education is a precondition to survival in America today.” […]

Time to end ‘reverse Robin Hood’ tax policies

Time to end ‘reverse Robin Hood’ tax policies

Right before the U.S. House of Representatives left for the summer to go home to campaign for your vote, members of Congress voted to extend the Bush era tax cuts for the richest Americans. For more than 10 years, the richest 1 percent have received almost $750 billion from these tax cuts. Income and wealth […]

Romney’s clumsy attempt to enlist Blacks

Romney’s clumsy attempt to enlist Blacks

When Mitt Romney addressed the NAACP during their national convention, I thought his speech was a waste of time because he said nothing that would be of any interest to the Black community. Most people, of all political stripes, thought my analysis was right on the mark. But not those in the Romney campaign. They would have […]

The Civil Rights Act and the Olympics

The Civil Rights Act and the Olympics

Thrill to the vibrant gymnastics grace of Gabby Douglas, the fierce tennis power of Serena Williams, the skill of Kayla Harrison in winning the first gold for an American woman in judo. American women, including the swimming, beach volleyball, basketball and soccer teams led the way this Olympics. It’s worth remembering why. Rules matter Opportunity […]

Anti-poverty programs have been successful

Anti-poverty programs have been successful

Conservatives continue to assert that anti-poverty programs have failed when, in fact, they have saved millions of people from plunging into poverty. On July 23, 2012, Mary Katherine, in an appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” said, “(W)e’ve spent $17 trillion on the war on poverty since it began. Originally the plan was to […]

Does upward mobility exist anymore?

Does upward mobility exist anymore?

A new poll reveals that many Americans are questioning their prospects for “upward mobility.”  The high level of pessimism is reflected among respondents in a recent poll conducted by The Hill newspaper that found half (47 percent) of likely voters believe it’s impossible for them to become wealthy during the course of their lifetime. The […]

Mitt Romney’s Salt Lake pork

Mitt Romney’s Salt Lake pork

You can’t follow the politics of our nation without hearing a reference to “pork-barrel politics” – slang used when politicians undertake projects to benefit a group of friends in exchange for campaign donations. If we go back to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, we’re told Mitt Romney became well known for […]