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Mulvaney joins payday industry to fight regulation

Everyday American school children are taught about this country’s founding. Untold generations were taught that in a democracy, government is “of, by and for the people.” Yet when it comes to consumer finance, some who serve in government seem to ...

‘We will not be pushed around’

In spite of the blistering reaction of Trump supporters against the statement of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that his country “will not be pushed around,” I, for one, am glad he stood up to this president.

When it comes to the vote, we’re fighting a second Civil War

The talk shows are filled with the latest rumor about WikiLeaks and Russian interference in our elections. What was done still remains a mystery. But Republican tricky leaks – the systematic efforts to suppress the vote – are an established ...

Sen. Robert Kennedy

On the night Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who had announced his decision to run for president, was campaigning in Indiana when the news came of King’s assassination. He movingly shared the terrible news ...

President and Congress roll back anti-discriminatory auto lending guidance : What’s next for consumers?

Despite federal laws addressing discrimination in housing, credit and more, President Donald Trump signed May 21, a rollback of an anti-discrimination guidance affecting auto lending. The presidential signature also marked the first time that a policy that had been in ...

Democrats can’t turn states blue without Black voters

In November, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be up for grabs, making this one of the most crucial midterm elections in recent memory. Thirty-three ...

Athletes expected to shut up and play ball

The accusation from the president of this nation that the Black athletes who have chosen to kneel to protest racism marks a disrespect for the flag is as ludicrous and ignorant as it is wrong, and the decision of the ...

Before Meghan, the ancestry of another royal influenced the world

“Descended from the warlike Vandal race, She still preserves that title in her face. Tho’ shone their triumphs o’er Numidia’s plain, And and Alusian fields their name retain; They but subdued the southern world with arms, She conquers still with ...

California’s chance to lead for poor children

When I was a young civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Mississippi, I was called in 1967 to testify before Congress about the embattled Head Start program in Mississippi that was serving thousands of children after ...

Redlining settlement fails to provide strong penalties

For as long as many people of color can remember, succeeding generations have called for justice. Despite these age-old pleas, justice is not only elusive, but frustrating since the enactment of a series of civil rights laws. Despite federal guarantees ...

Teens should be routinely screened for depression

When you take your 15-year-old son for a physical exam, the pediatrician goes through a standard procedure – checks his weight, measures his height and takes his blood pressure. But typically, he will not be asked about his mood or ...

A look at the presidential pardons

The current president, who said during his campaign that he was the “law and order” candidate, has shown and is showing that his concept of the same is far off the beaten path. Or is it?

Black entertainment trailblazer: The legacy of Debra Lee

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm, African American politician and activist, 1924–2005

Remembering the courageous Dovey Johnson Roundtree

When Dovey Johnson Roundtree died May 21 at age 104, our nation lost another far too unknown extraordinary groundbreaking Black woman leader. During World War II, she was part of the first cohort of Black women admitted to the Women’s ...

Help us keep Dr. King’s promise

“In a few weeks … we are coming to Washington in a Poor People’s Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. We are going to bring those who have known long years of ...

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