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Martin Luther King Jr.

Learning From King’s Last Campaign

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By Jessicah Pierre, CounterPunch — As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the around economic justice. That’s worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other conveners laid out their vision for the first Poor People’s Campaign….

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Considering King In Critical Times: Daring to Oppose War and Practice Peace

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — As we weave our way through the daily dose of lies and illusions, hype, hatred and hypocrisy from the White House, we must constantly question and be actively concerned about the relative sanity and real danger of those who continuously fake “imminent threats” and cry wolf to make war, and then try to wash away their sins of savagery with the dishonest indictment and blood of others….

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy in St. Augustine, Florida. June 1964.

‘Until We Are All Free’: Learning from Tubman, King, and Stevenson

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All of them returned to the South’s frontline struggle for racial justice. By R. Drew Smith — In 2020, January remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. are occurring against the backdrop of two high-profile films emphasizing sacrificial servant leadership. First, the film Harriet provided a renewed focus on celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman. This biopic chronicles her mid-19th century enslavement in Maryland, her daring escape to a hard-won freedom in Philadelphia, and her…

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Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders

Bernie and Elizabeth Spat: Making Trump’s Day

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By Ted Glick — The best line I’ve seen since the story broke a couple days ago about the Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders spat was this Twitter post by Sunrise Movement leader Varshini Prakash: “mom and dad are fighting and all I wanna do is go to my room and put my headphones on.” That’s how I’ve been feeling, as someone who’s always supported Bernie but who has appreciated much of…

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Elizabeth Warren / Donald Trump

Whether Bernie Said it Or Not, A Woman Sadly Can’t Beat Trump

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Whether Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told rival Elizabeth Warren that a woman couldn’t beat Trump is irrelevant. What is relevant is the bigger question can a woman? Even the faintest private utterance that that can’t happen brings the wrath of the heavens down on the head of anyone who dares make that utterance. But the brutal political reality at least at this juncture of…

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CARICOM

CARICOM fiddles while Haiti explodes

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By Ambassador Curtis A. Ward — Approximately 20 years since its last hearing on Haiti, the U.S. Congress is now paying attention to this troubled Caribbean country. This long overdue attention to the plight of the Haitian people must not be a one-off attempt. It should be the beginning of a concerted effort to help find ways to restore and strengthen Haiti’s fledgling democracy, build the country’s rule of law…

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Meghan Markle

Black Britons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out

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It’s the racism. By Afua Hirsch, NYT — The British press has succeeded in its apparent project of hounding Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, out of Britain. The part it perhaps didn’t bargain for, however, is the loss of Prince Harry — a much loved royal and a key part of the family’s global brand — along with her. In a statement released this week, the couple said they want to “carve out…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

America Nodding and Nightmaring Towards War: Bedding Down and Mad-Maxing With Trump

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is an irony of history and a tragedy for the world that before we can finish making resolutions for a new and promising future, let alone begin building one, pathologies and problems of the past continue to pursue us, impose themselves on the present and threaten our very existence. And so, now we are confronted with the real possibility of a war in West…

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Gov. Phil Bryant / Mike Espy

Far-right Mississippi governor predicts ‘1000 years of darkness’ if state elects first black senator in over 139 years

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By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — When Democrat Mike Espy lost Mississippi’s special U.S. Senate runoff election to Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in 2018, he performed relatively well for a Democrat in a deep red state: Espy won 46% of the vote. Espy is running against Hyde-Smith again in 2020, and far-right Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is predicting that terrible things will happen if Espy wins. Journalist Joe Jurado analyzes Bryant’s…

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Understanding ADOS: The Movement to Hijack Black Identity and Weaken Black Unity. By Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor.

Understanding ADOS: The Movement to Hijack Black Identity and Weaken Black Unity

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor — The term “American Descendants of Slavery” (ADOS) was created in 2016 to describe and distinctly separate Black Americans/African Americans from Black immigrant communities (Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latinos, etc). The movement claims to advocate for reparations on behalf of Black Americans. However, this movement’s leadership is linked to right-wing media and white supremacists that have a history of attempting to cause divisions in the Black community.

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