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.”

We shall overcome: Black historic messages of inspirations

“You will go through many trials and obstacles in life and I want to tell you it’s not because of your heart, but the color of your skin. But just like people before your time, you will overcome.”

Kaepernick, NFL: Standing on the right side of history

One of the best skits that ever appeared on comedian Dave Chappelle’s hit television show, Chappelle’s Show, was one called, “When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong.” Each skit would highlight the outcome of what would happen to individuals who made ...

On ‘getting over’ racism

There are few things that rankle my spirit like White people saying to and about Black people that we should “just get over” slavery. Saying that shows a profound ignorance, arrogance, and lack of the capacity and demand to understand ...

Honoring the trailblazing Judge Patricia Wald

When President Barack Obama awarded Judge Patricia Wald the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, he summed up her career this way: “Patricia McGowan Wald made history as the first woman appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for ...

Oprah Winfrey and her mom, Vernita Lee, finished strong

Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, died less than two months ago on Thanksgiving Day, and Oprah recently shared with People magazine the tender story of their last conversation.

Why is Sen. McConnell against improving our democracy?

Recently, Sen. Mitch McConnell authored a piece in the Washington Post where he falsely portrayed H.R. 1, the House Democrat’s sweeping anti-corruption, pro-democracy reform bill, as a partisan attack on political freedom.

Having a mother in the House to keep it in order

I have smiled, chuckled and laughed out loud watching House Speaker Nancy Pelosi handle the president of the United States. She has reminded me of my own mother, and of the mothers I have known and watched. Mothers have a ...