House seeks to undermine consumer financial protection

In the aftermath of the successful effort to better protect consumer finances, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is now facing a forceful effort...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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