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Black Women won’t celebrate Equal Pay Day until Aug. 1

Black Women won’t celebrate Equal Pay Day until Aug. 1

According to the American Association of University Women, a group that promotes equity and education for women and girls, “Equal Pay Day (April 12) is the symbolic day when women’s earnings ‘catch up’ to men’s earnings from the previous year.” But African-American women earn a scant 63 cents to the average dollar a White man […]

Revive the US Commission on Civil Rights

Revive the US Commission on Civil Rights

This country has made remarkable progress on civil rights over our history. We’ve moved from slavery to segregation to equal rights under the law. African-Americans have gained the right to vote, the right to equal employment opportunity. Open racism has become increasingly unacceptable. Gays and lesbians have progressed toward equal rights. Same-sex marriage is increasingly […]

Blacks voices missing from Western Sahara discussion

Blacks voices missing from Western Sahara discussion

I was thrilled to hear that there would be a hearing on Capitol Hill regarding the human rights situation in the Western Sahara. The “Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission,” co-chaired by Congressman Joseph Pitts and Congressman James McGovern, along with Commission member Congressman John Conyers, hosted the discussion March 23. This was quite important in […]

Fight against voter suppression

Fight against voter suppression

In 2013, the Supreme Court stripped the Voting Rights Act of its power to stop states from creating and enforcing laws that would prevent eligible voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Under the dark shadow of the newly crippled law, our nation celebrated the 50th year anniversary of the passage of the Voting […]

A serious injustice in Michigan

A serious injustice in Michigan

During the election hoopla and the attention focused on Michigan’s Black voters, I was appalled that no one took the opportunity to point out a quiet yet outrageous situation. No one spoke about Edward Pinkney. Who is Ed Pinkney? He is a 68-year-old minister from Benton Harbor, Mich., a former NAACP branch president, and an […]

Renewable energy program is a pipe dream

Renewable energy program is a pipe dream

“Renewable energy” refers to production of energy from sources such as wind, solar heating, electric power, etc. as opposed to fossil fuel sources such as oil, coal, natural gas.  It is less harmful to our air and reduces global warming (if any).  It is a noble cause but so far, not much has become of […]

Deceptive debt collectors target vets, military families

Deceptive debt collectors target vets, military families

Debt collection remains the top complaint most often reported to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Two newly-released CFPB reports reveal which consumers are most at risk and the businesses most often identified in debt collection issues. As of March 1, CFPB found that California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas account for more than […]

Imagine if Corey Lewandowski was Black

Imagine if Corey Lewandowski was Black

Donald Trump has called out and targeted racial and ethnic groups, as well as targeted individual women because of their appearance and more. He has supported basic thuggery, offering to pay the legal fees for a man who sucker-punched an African-American protester, and egging on others who beat up a protester. The latest goes from […]

Rejecting the freedom to discriminate

Rejecting the freedom to discriminate

“All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no […]

The importance of the Supreme Court

The importance of the Supreme Court

Scholars often opine that women in decision-making positions of authority would make more positive changes in the future of the nation than men. With complete optimism, I believe that a genuine Black woman in a decision-making position of authority would bring even more positive outcomes to our future. In contrast, we haven’t had a genuine […]