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A prayer to end child poverty in our time

We know what to do to end child poverty if we want to enrich America. The U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that the number of children in poverty declined slightly again for the second year, but that children shamefully ...

Tribute to Harriet Tubman is a step forward; abandoning plan would be a grave mistake

“I have been particularly struck by the many comments and reactions from children for whom Harriet Tubman is not just a historical figure, but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy. You shared your thoughts about her ...

God, faith and storms – Looking beyond the darkness

A woman called me who, after Katrina, moved herself and her family to Houston.

Equifax data breach leaves at least 143 million consumers credit at risk

Record-breaking back-to-back hurricanes in Houston and Florida brought unprecedented winds and rains affecting millions of Americans.

Congress: Act on CHIP

“In this dark day of discontent So many feel despair As poverty and dissidence Cause sadness everywhere.”

A word to police officers

The arrest and harassment of Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett by Las Vegas police officers was bad in and of itself. For people of color, it represented the all-too-familiar scenario of what happens far too often: There is a confrontation that ...

Is this America? Kharon Davis held years without trial

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed...” – US Constitution 1789 (rev. 1992)

Education cuts ties to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Senators seek answers about new departmental appointee

A recent letter from the U.S. Department of Education to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with a controversial appointment, have together triggered reactions that do not bode well for the 44 million consumers who together share $1.4 trillion in ...

Praying and standing for children

As a new school year begins, I want to share prayers for our children, all of them, and for caring adults to be God’s hands and feet standing for children everywhere in these very difficult times in our nation and ...

Kaepernick’s protest, a patriotic tradition

Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed – itself a revealing phrase – from the National Football League with the collusion of the all-White owners. He is ostracized because a year ago he exercised ...

The nation must come together to help hurricane survivors

“During difficult times like this, we’re reminded that we’re bound together and we have to look out for each other. And a lot of the things that seem important, the petty differences melt away, and we focus on what binds ...

NAACP – What’s new? Hammering the same old message

“I thank God that most of the money that supports the NAACP comes from Black hands; a still larger proportion must so come, and we must not only support but ‘control’ this and similar organizations and hold them unwaveringly to ...

A $14 billion drain on America’s working poor: overdraft fees

A banking fee that averages $35 per transaction collectively costs America’s consumers nearly $14 billion each year. A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau focuses on overdraft fees and provides a profile of those hit hardest. These fees ...

On statues, dignity and the definition of American hero

There have been a fair number of complaints about the furor over Confederate statues being scrutinized and taken down; a common response, coming from the White House and others, is that removing the statues is tantamount to removing a valuable ...

Be careful what you wish for: What if President Trump was impeached?

A White House implosion is on the horizon. Personally, I have never believed Donald Trump would fulfill his first term in office.

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