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What happened to our audacity?

What happened to our audacity?

Forty years ago this month, 10,000 African-Americans throng-ed to Gary, Ind. for the first national Black political convention. They gathered to develop a Black agenda, and to influence 1972 presidential politics. One of the things on the agenda was the development of an independent Black political party and to explore the notion of independent Black […]

The answer to unemployment

The answer to unemployment

Last week, Congressman John Conyers of the United States House Judiciary Committee introduced much-needed legislation entitled, “The Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act.” The bill number is House Resolution 4277/870. Congressman Conyers’ act directly addresses American’s need to work and our current economic crisis, but also embodies the spirit of the original Humphrey-Hawkins […]

Affordable housing  is out of reach


Affordable housing is out of reach


Amid continuing foreclosures and short sales, millions of former proud homeowners now find the cost of their American Dream financially out of reach. For many displaced by foreclosures, rental housing has become a long-term housing alternative. But new research finds that the huge growth in America’s renters has worsened an already troubling problem: an inadequate […]

All parents, students borrow heavily to finance college

All parents, students borrow heavily to finance college

Whether beginning a career or seeking to keep one going, the competitive edge in today’s job market usually goes to those with college degrees. In our recovering economy with fewer jobs available than there are people who need them, there is strong motivation to earn degrees. But higher education also costs money – more than […]

Let’s take hate radio down

Let’s take hate radio down

The recent case of Rush Limbaugh’s rant against the Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke once again highlights the national problem we have with ‘hate radio.’ In the name of free speech, demagogues such as Limbaugh are allowed to run free and say virtually whatever they wish to say irrespective of who they hurt, what […]

Locked up with George Clooney

Locked up with George Clooney

It’s not every day that one goes to jail and have the act called a badge of honor. I had never thought of going to jail for any reason. When I was in law school, any mention of an arrest or going to jail would have meant I was representing someone who’d been arrested and […]

Women, children and poverty made visible

Women, children and poverty made visible

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West deserve high props for their summer poverty tour.  They started on an Indian reservation, hit the inner city, and looked at poverty in all of its manifestations. While many dismissed their high-profile tour as a political ploy, I am absolutely convinced of their sincerity.  In addition, these two men […]

Black children are ‘visible’

Black children are ‘visible’

More than 75 million viewers over the last several days have already watched the “Invisible Children’s Kony 2012″ film that exposes the violent wrath and utter misery perpetrated on Africans as a consequence of the rampage of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony in northern Uganda.  Although this brutal conflict in Uganda […]

We must choose what kind of people we are

We must choose what kind of people we are

Even while we see jobs coming back, the tsunami created by the Great Recession is hitting cities and counties with full force. Suffolk County, one of the largest New York counties, has declared a financial emergency. Stockton, Calif., a city of 300,000, is on the verge of bankruptcy. As the cities go belly up, the […]

We want to end all wars

We want to end all wars

President Obama has brought our troops home from Iraq, ending one of the most unnecessary, shameful wars of our time. Those of us classified as being on the left are still pulling for an early exit from Afghanistan, too – another of the president’s jobs he inherited from his predecessor. We want to end all […]