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From one generation to another

From one generation to another

REV. AUNDREIA ALEXANDER TRICE EDNEY NEWSWIRE On August 10, the day after the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, I was arrested along with more than 50 other protesters outside of the Department of Justice in St. Louis in an act of civil disobedience. As I shared a cell with 15 other women, a t-shirt worn […]

Questions for the presidential candidates

Questions for the presidential candidates

Bye, bye Biden.  The vice president who might have given the honorable Hilary Clinton a run for her money has concluded that the timing is not right for him. Clinton needs someone to rattle her cage, to push her to be more focused in the general election. Now, Sen. Bernie Sanders will push her to […]

The truth? ‘Separate and impoverished’

The truth? ‘Separate and impoverished’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic candidate for president, shocked people when he noted that 51 percent of African-Americans aged 17 through 20 who have graduated high school or dropped out of high school are unemployed. PolitiFact.com confirmed the statement as “mostly true,” suggesting that the numbers might even be worse than Sanders suggested. This level […]

We must fight for environmental justice

We must fight for environmental justice

The civil rights movement in the United States identified a long list of issues that were broadly considered the historical and contemporary evidence of systematic racial discrimination and injustice. With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the critical importance of environmental justice for Black Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans and for other people of color […]

Banks caught redlining  Black communities

Banks caught redlining Black communities

The old adage, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’ seems somehow an apt description for what a growing number of communities are suffering: a lack of fair lending. In recent weeks and in varying locales, the issue of redlining has led to lawsuits that have been challenged or settlements that avoided […]

Why calling Black Lives Matter ‘anti-police’ won’t work

Why calling Black Lives Matter ‘anti-police’ won’t work

It has been both interesting and unsettling to watch the attacks from the political right on the Black Lives Matter movement, and the larger movement for Black lives. Specifically, the suggestion that Black Lives Matter activists are somehow terroristic and promote the killing of police is so outlandish that it’s not only difficult to believe […]

A ‘feral child?’  A racist fool

A ‘feral child?’ A racist fool

I was preparing to write a column on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the trade agreement that President Obama wants to fast track through Congress.  I considered tackling the Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, as Republicans are targeting a most important women’s health provider for political purposes. But a friend sent me a link to a photo […]

Happy birthday to Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Happy birthday to Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Seventy-five years ago, a freedom fighter was born in Greenville, S.C. His name is Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. I will say something about this brother that I have known and worked with for decades in the ongoing civil rights movement in the U. S., and in the overall freedom struggle internationally. Too often, particularly among […]

How to revitalize families when children are involved

How to revitalize families when children are involved

Recently, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at a pastors’ forum in Atlanta, Ga. The organization that held the event was the American Clergy Leadership Conference’s Atlanta chapter, an organization that brings together clergy from all ethnicities, nationalities, and faiths under the auspices of family and love. In a day when we […]

The piercing cry of child poverty

The piercing cry of child poverty

Pope Francis speaks out faithfully and forcefully against poverty and has been called “the pope of the poor.” But on his first visit to the United States there was demoralizing news about poverty, especially child poverty, in our nation – the world’s largest economy. Children are poor if they live in a family of four […]