The continuing scourge of poverty, hunger and hopelessness in Rich America

In March 1967, when I was working as a young civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Mississippi, I was asked to testify before the Senate Committee

Decision to bomb Syria was dangerous, deceptive

Fifty-nine cruise missiles. When Donald Trump ordered the attack on Syria, he made an impetuous decision, turning his previous commitment to stay out of the Syrian civil war and focus on ISIS on its head. He ordered the attack on ...

The importance of literacy, school libraries

Last week, April 9 through April 15, was National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and those who have dedicated their lives to promote and maintain the use and value of these national treasures. ...

Radioactivity: The power of speech needs action

“Well done beats well said every time.”

A nation readies for war: Will it make ‘America great again’?

Well, it has begun. This administration has begun the winds of war.

CFPB keeps financial services industry accountable: $12 billion returned to consumers

On April 5, a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee was supposed to be one of two mandated sessions required by the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This spring, as in past years, Richard Cordray, director of ...

CBC report calls for economic justice

This year has brought a number of significant developments.

National Urban League mourns the loss of civil rights champion Roger Wilkins

“We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people.” – Roger Wilkins

Ad campaign ignores Black newspapers

It appears that the Wells Fargo idea of rebuilding customer trust with its new ad campaign does not include Black newspapers, if the past is any indication of this effort.

Lawmakers shouldn’t add to delay of justice

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal and thereby ended the decades-long practice of segregating our nation’s public school students according to their race.

After the smoke clears, what comes next? Future of health care

March 24 was momentous in the House of Representatives. After more than seven years of railing against the Affordable Care Act, and after months of talk to repeal and replace, House Republicans prepared to finally bring their health care bill ...

For Railroad Commission, Earth Day is every day

Earth Day is April 22 this year, and I can’t wait to once again join tens of thousands of my fellow Texans at the largest Earth Day celebration in the world in Dallas. You might find it odd that a ...

A time to break silence

Fifty years ago on April 4, 1967, our prophet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the historic speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence at New York City’s Riverside Church. It was his first major public antiwar speech and ...

People are right to fight for decent pay, racial justice

On Tuesday, the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, thousands joined Fight for $15 and the Movement for Black Lives to march in Memphis and in cities across the country in the fight for decent pay ...

Time to restore $6 billion in HUD funding

From youth yearning for the time to have their own place, to older Americans hoping to age in place, the need to have a home is a shared concern of consumers of all ages and locales. It’s where children are ...