Time to wake America up from its student debt nightmare

Higher education has always offered opportunities to learn and earn a better quality of life. But in the 21st century, higher education has also become synonymous with ever- deepening debt. More than 44 million consumers of varying ages and occupations ...

Change the currency to reflect us all in America

Every day I wear a pair of medallions around my neck with portraits of two of my role models: Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.

White supremacist intimidation must stop

The attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota, have been less than transparent in their hypocrisy, but have also set the stage for violence, not only against Omar but other Muslims in this country.

CFPB denies duty to enforce Military Lending Act despite support from Department of Defense and Congress

America’s 1.29 million-member strong, all-volunteer military includes men and women from all 50 states, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. Regardless of race or ethnicity, each made a choice and swore an oath to protect our nation. Together, ...

Our community’s overwhelming need for Black heroes

The Need for Heroes by Langston Hughes was featured in a 1941 issue of The Crisis. He was bothered by the overwhelmingly negative images of African Americans in the news

Growing lack of affordable housing leaves low-income families with few options

A recent study by the Urban Institute reports that in communities across the nation home prices and rents are exceeding the reach of an increasing number of households.

After 51 Years, Fair Housing Still an Unfinished Journey

Fifty-one years ago, this month, the Fair Housing Act was enacted to ensure that housing discrimination was illegal. Yet, just days before the annual observance of Fair Housing Month began, headline news articles reminded the nation that housing discrimination still ...

Standing up against the death penalty

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently took the strong step of declaring a moratorium on the death penalty in California, saying, “Our death penalty system has been, by all measures, a failure. It has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, ...

One year out, efforts to sabotage 2020 census must be defeated

The principle of “one person, one vote” is enshrined in the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

American exceptionalism at its worst

On March 15, a terrorist carrying two semi-automatic weapons and three rifles attacked worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 men, women and children – some of them refugees who had fled war zones seeking safety.

College admissions scandal highlights rampant inequality in educational access

I have probable cause to believe that the defendants conspired with others known and unknown: (1) to bribe college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on college entrance exam

They are us: A call for unity, compassion

When asked to comment regarding members of the Muslim immigrant community who were brutally slain by a deranged gunman in the country that she leads, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responded by saying, “They are us.”

Selma, birthplace of modern democracy in America

This past weekend, political leaders from across the country gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where peaceful demonstrators, attempting to cross the bridge, were violently driven back by Alabama State ...

On selective accusations of terrorism, hate groups

The world today is dealing with the news of a horrific mass murder in New Zealand, the work of a White man from Australia who apparently does not like immigrants.

Crying wolf over ‘socialism’ doesn’t help anyone or the economy

When Rep. Ocasio-Cortez decided to pay her entry-level staff a salary of $52,000 per year, hosts on Fox News called it “socialism and communism on display.”