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The power of resistance

The power of resistance

Most people know Sir Isaac Newton as the self-described “natural philosopher” who is credited with describing certain “Laws of Nature.”  Newton’s Third Law of Nature is commonly understood to be, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Abstract thinkers easily apply this logic to human interaction.  When human actions are consistent with […]

US Senate is not diverse or inclusive

US Senate is not diverse or inclusive

Since our founding in 1910, the National Urban League has been focused on economic civil rights and empowerment issues. At the core of civil rights is the idea that all people should have access to jobs for which they are qualified. For instance, in the 1960s, the venerable Whitney Young worked to convince CEOs of […]

What’s next for the economy?

What’s next for the economy?

The economic philosophies of Democrats and Republicans are drastically different. While neither party is intent in dismantling the predatory capitalism that extracts surplus value from workers, Republicans are more interested in reinforcing such capitalism and “free markets,” while Democrats are more interested in ameliorating the effects of predatory capitalism and regulating in ways that produce […]

How did we come to this?

How did we come to this?

For several months, we’ve been bombarded with so much hatred that we thought was in our past. We’ve heard declarations of making America great AGAIN, as though it’s always been great for all of us and not just the few. Hearing that declaration, I want to ask people making it if they know that America […]

Moral courage is standing up for what is right

Moral courage is standing up for what is right

On January 11, Senator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for U.S. attorney general. Both were assigned to a panel at the very end of the hearing process, a slot fellow panelist Representative Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), the […]

Nothing’s wrong with Senator Jeff Sessions

Nothing’s wrong with Senator Jeff Sessions

Unless you think all conservative Republicans are bad, I dare you to find anything horrible about Senator Jeff Sessions.  There is an immense outcry by Democrats and a few civil rights advocates of whom I find little credibility.  I haven’t seen such an organized character assassination since the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme […]

‘The Tears’ have come and gone

‘The Tears’ have come and gone

It’s easy to remember “The Tears.” The first time they visited me was 11 p.m. on November 4, 2008. That was the time that the polls closed in the West and political announcers felt free to deliver the great historic news. I vividly remember the announcer saying, “We’re free now to announce that Barack Obama […]

Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions

Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions

Confirmation hearings for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, named by Donald Trump to be attorney general of the United States, began on Jan. 10. The rush and insistence on only two days of hearings reflect Republican efforts to cram the nomination through before Americans understand what is at stake. Sessions will present himself as a humble, […]

White women can’t speak for me

White women can’t speak for me

“Ain’t I a woman?” railed Sojourner Truth. “I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman! I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well. And ain’t I […]

Consumers get more than $17 million, thanks to CFPB

Consumers get more than $17 million, thanks to CFPB

Millions of consumers who were duped into paying fees for their own credit scores will soon receive more than $17.6 million, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Affected consumers can expect to receive notification letters in the mail. TransUnion and Equifax, two of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, sold credit scores, credit […]