Local Commentaries


The fight has just begun

The midterm elections are now over and unprecedented numbers of people in Texas and throughout the country cast their ballots for candidates of their choice. I am extremely grateful to all of those who voted to return me to Congress ...

Federal agencies unprepared: Government report shows DHHS scrambled to deal with separation of immigrant families

Federal agencies did not plan for the potential increase of children who were separated from their parents during “zero tolerance,” according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Will Waller Co. guard students’ voting rights?

For the second time this month, the eyes of Texas, and particularly voting rights advocates, have been drawn to the campus of Prairie View A&M University.

Communities of color would finally be represented in the U.S. Senate

Texas has the highest African American population in the country, but I’m one of only four Congressional Black Caucus members who represent the Lone Star State. While Ted Cruz knows nothing about supporting the diverse district I represent, Congressman and ...

Faith Johnson, Greg Abbott and Donald J. Trump

Not one time has my opponent in the race to become the next district attorney in Dallas County attempted to dissociate herself from those who back her campaign, particularly Texas Governor Greg Abbott and U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

Give Us the Ballot

On May 17, 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the speech, Give Us the Ballot, during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom gathering at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

‘Give Us the Ballot’

On May 17, 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the speech, Give Us the Ballot, during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom gathering at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The power of one

A humanitarian once said, “I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do something that I can do.” Everyone 18 or older can vote and each vote matters.

Civil Rights in Dallas at the State Fair ‘Dallas in the time of MLK’

This year, the State Fair of Texas has an exhibit, Dallas in the time of MLK, in the Hall of State that displays the highlights of the Civil Rights Movement in Dallas.

The absence of sensible immigration policies

The overwhelming majority of people that legally immigrate to the United States make tremendous contributions to the industrial, economic, artistic, scientific, political and intellectual life of our country.

Our justice system fails women

We cannot afford to continue to sit idly by and remain silent as the number of female inmates in Texas jails and prisons grows higher and higher.

Statement on the death of Botham Jean

Once again, we are experiencing the pain, sorrow and anger caused by the death of another Black male at the hands of a police officer. We ask with dismay: How can it be that an officer meant to serve and ...

Hoping that new safety law can be that ‘rising tide’

It was with much concern and the need to act that the conversations that would become Senate Bill 30, the Community Safety Education Act, were born. Summer 2016 was a season of nationwide unrest, following a succession of fatal interactions ...

Get ready to vote this November!

During the January 2017 confirmation hearing for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Georgia Congressman John Lewis and New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker testified against the senator from Alabama becoming the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

Our teachers do not want guns!

If Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were to consult the nation’s educators and law enforcement officials, she would immediately dismiss any consideration of providing federal funding to states for the purpose of arming classroom teachers.