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Trump should stop shady solar panel salespeople

Trump should stop shady solar panel salespeople

As a progressive who worked hard to help get Secretary Hillary Clinton elected, it is challenging for me to accept Donald Trump as president. But he won. At least for now, I have to make the best of a bad situation. Which means progressives like have to both resist the Trump administration’s odious policies, and […]

A break of faith

A break of faith

Not long ago, MSNBC was the first network I turned on in the morning and the last I turned off at night. As opportunities allowed, I was a loyal viewer throughout the day. I counted on it as a primary source of unbiased reporting and great discussions of issues of importance and interest to me. […]

Remembering Coretta Scott King, who moved America forward

Remembering Coretta Scott King, who moved America forward

Coretta Scott King died on Jan. 30, 2006.  Yet her legacy is very much alive as a coalition builder, a strategist and a moral voice that confronted detractors but insisted upon non-violent approaches, such as dialogue, protests and economic boycotts with the end goal of peaceful reconciliation. A second look at King’s legacy should go […]

American democracy requires investigation of foreign influences

American democracy requires investigation of foreign influences

The first few days Donald Trump’s presidency have seen what may be the beginning of the end of the Affordable Care Act, an average annual hike of $500 for middle-class homeowners’ mortgage insurance premiums, a hint at a re-invasion of Iraq and a shift in the Department of Justice’s effort to protect voting rights. Yet, […]

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 […]