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A Child Advocate’s Beatitudes

Below is a prayer for child advocates.

Trump’s delusions on police brutality are dangerous

Donald Trump often seems more shock jock than president. He likes to shock, say or tweet outrageous things and prove that he’s not just another politician. But now he is president; his words have impact, and his posturing can be ...

Student loan complaints up a record 325 percent over last year, says CFPB

As students and their families begin preparing for another school year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is reporting a record increase over the past year in the number of student loan complaints. The 325 percent increase in complaints includes federal ...

Ferguson Empowerment Center: Tribute for social change that followed Michael Brown’s death

“Ferguson was used by some of America’s enemies and critics to deflect attention from their shortcomings overseas; to undermine our efforts to promote justice around the world … But America is special not because we’re perfect; America is special because ...

On joking: Racist and xenophobic remarks are not amusing

When this nation’s president apparently gave permission to police officers to rough up people they arrest – in front of an audience of police officers – there was an audible gasp which came from the group of friends with whom ...

Happy birthday, Medicaid

“It was a generation ago that Harry Truman said, and I quote him: ‘Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or ...

Fifty years of African American mayors

To be an African American mayor leading a city in the 21st century is not about ‘power’ but about ‘possibilities.’ With more than 470 African American mayors leading cities across the United States, the lens of our leadership is shaped ...

Working together for economic empowerment

What is so hard about sharing our money with one another? And when we do share, it’s for a moment; it’s not sustained. Any person who is relatively aware of how things get done in this world knows that whatever ...

Maneuver to deny consumers financial satisfaction

The song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction may have been recorded decades ago first by Otis Redding and later by the Rolling Stones, but its message is still true today. Its lyrics, “I’ve tried, and I’ve tried,” strike a resonant ...

To be young, Black and working in the field of education

Soon I will be closing my time as a summer intern at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and beginning my final undergraduate year at Howard University. I’ve learned more about public education at the NAPCS in two months ...

The job vs. family care: The false choices of women in the workplace

I was riding home from work on the Commuter Rail one night when the train lost power. In the dark, without the hum of the engine, I could hear every detail of my fellow passengers’ conversations.

Don’t stop working, never give up!

What a week it’s been. It’s hard to conceive that despite opposition from hundreds of organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AARP and dozens of disease and patient advocacy groups; despite loud protests through ...

‘Voter fraud’ commission is fraudulent

There’s a branch in philosophy called epistemology that deals with the theory of knowledge.

Reciprocity for Blacks in the marketplace

We hear a great deal of discussion about the percentage of money Blacks spend with Black businesses versus how much we spend with White businesses – and others as well. It is said that 90 percent-plus of Black dollars are ...

More civil rights, consumer protection rollbacks sought

When Barack Obama completed his two terms as America’s president, his legacy was punctuated by two key policy reforms: health care and consumer protection.

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