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Caught in the cradle-to-prison pipeline

I am 30 years old, a Black male and serving a 35-year sentence. I have been incarcerated since I was 16, 14 years removed from home.

State AGs to DeVos: Work with, not against, state law enforcement

With 44 million people together owing a still-climbing $1.5 trillion in student debt, consumers have a huge investment in higher education. And as the price of college continues to rise, student loan borrowing will continue its upward trajectory for the ...

Jackson, Ellis address major social justice issues across nation

During a recent trip to Houston, Rev. Jesse Jackson joined forces with Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis and various Houston community advocates, to address a litany of social justice issues that have impacted many individuals in the Greater ...

Evidence of two Gods: the Father, the oppressors’ god

When I talk with a group of God-fearing Christians, Black or White, there is always a hush that comes over the room when I suggest that we are not a monotheistic nation at all, but have at least two gods.

The 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela is reason to celebrate

July 18 was the 100th anniversary of President Nelson Mandela’s birth – and a time to reflect on his life, legacy and impact on society globally.

Urban League Movement is ready to save our cities and power the digital revolution

“Thank you for fighting for long-overdue reforms to the justice system. Thank you for helping people get good jobs and better education. Thank you for those missions in your chapters all across this country and throughout the history of the ...

Dorothy Cotton: Lessons in servant leadership and movement building

“We love King. I love King, but it was not King’s movement. He did not start the Civil Rights Movement … It was started by one person here, one person there, one person over here. If you see something wrong, ...

Standing on the side of love

Every July people of faith gather at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry at our Haley Farm servant leadership training site. This year, the call by all major faiths to protect children and welcome the stranger ...

Passing of civil rights legend John Mack is a deeply felt loss to the Urban League Movement

“John understood that to truly change hearts and minds in the LAPD, he had to go to work on the inside. And because he was not someone who just shouted in anger and tore things down for the sake of ...

Supporting our NATO allies!

Like many of you, members of my family served in our armed forces during times of war to protect our nation, and our allies against aggression and invasion. Historically, more than any other nation on earth, the United States has ...

Singing songs of Zion: The day of America’s fall

In Psalm 137:7, the psalmist writes, “Remember, O Lord, the Edomites, the day of Jerusalem’s fall.” The words are those of Israelites who have been cast out of their homeland; they sit on the bank of a river in Babylon ...

Trump’s tariffs: Another assault on the Black Press

Amid the rush to comprehend the ramifications of a full-scale international trade war initiated by the errant and backward tariff policies of the Trump Administration, there are results of the tariffs that need to be challenged by Black America

The emotional toll of dealing with a toxic president

In a word, this president is wearying to the soul.

War on the poor – What about the children?

Two different versions of the Farm bill were recently passed in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

America will be!

In 1935, the brilliant Black poet Langston Hughes wrote Let America Be America Again. He wasn’t looking back to a nostalgic, idealized fantasy of America’s past. As he said in the refrain, “America never was America to me.”

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