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Has Dred Scott risen again?

Has Dred Scott risen again?

Growing up, I learned a lot about the Dred Scott legal decision. The parallels I see between it and the 2012 Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) strike me. For those who need a historical refresher, Dred Scott was born a slave in Virginia between 1795 and 1800.  After the death of […]

Obama’s affordable health care victory

Obama’s affordable health care victory

I was standing in front of the Supreme Court when news came that the court had upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was interesting to watch Republicans yell and scream at the court that rendered this dramatic affirmation of the president’s health care initiative. They were the same people who challenged the initial passage […]

Homeownership declines as number of renters grows

Homeownership declines as number of renters grows

Despite some signs of housing recovery, America remains a nation burdened by high housing costs, according to a new report from Harvard University. The report, “State of the Nation’s Housing 2012,” finds some signs of recovery in the housing market in spite of continuing concerns about foreclosures and the border economy. Whether renting or buying […]

Saving our democracy – a loud wakeup call

Saving our democracy – a loud wakeup call

I had the recent privilege of attending the annual dinner of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights honoring Congressman Barney Frank and National Council of La Raza head Janet Murguia. After affirming the enormous progress our nation has made in overcoming bias against people of color and gays and lesbians, Wade Henderson, the […]

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, […]