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Toward a Movement to Expand the Public Space and Culture of Rights in America

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Vantage Point by Dr. Ron Daniels — The headline in the February 13th edition of the New York Times front page was glaring: “Needs of Public A Low Priority in Rebuilding.” The headline was in reference to President Trump’s long awaited, so called infrastructure plan. The essence of this much ballyhooed “plan” is a dramatic shift in how the federal government has traditionally approached the construction of public highways, tunnels, bridges, harbors, railways, airports and other vital pieces of the nation’s infrastructure. In the past…

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A Third Force in American Politics

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The Final Essay in a Series of Three on the Impact and Consequences of the 2016 Presidential Election – The season of resistance to “eradicate the virus of Trumpism” is unfolding with a fury. The Women’s March on Washington may well be remembered as one of the great moments of resistance and calls for transformation in American history. And, Trump’s ill-conceived and awkwardly rolled-out, Islamophobic ban on Muslims was met with massive demonstrations…

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Resistance and Organizing to Eradicate “Trumpism”

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In my first essay, Trump Will Be Like Reagan on Steroids, I attempted to demonstrate that “elections matter,” particularly in moments of grave crises and danger– that the consequences of apathy, inaction or misdirection can be devastating in terms of the impact on the lives of ordinary people and the direction of the nation. Nothing that we have witnessed thus far persuades me that Donald Trump and Trumpism is anything short of one of the most radical rightwing, reactionary political viruses in the history of this country…

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Elections Matter

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  Elections Matter Trump Will Be Reagan on Steroids The first of Three Essays on the Impact and Consequences of the 2016 Presidential Election   During the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election I was totally immersed in an all-out effort to ensure the success of the historic State of the Black World Conference IV in Newark. Therefore, I had precious little time to pen my views on…

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Preval Showed the Way Toward a Government of “National Inclusion” in Haiti Jan 1, 2017

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  January 1st marked the 213th Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution which spawned the world’s first Black Republic; the first time in human history that an enslaved people rose up to defeat their slave masters to establish a nation. As I have often remarked, the Haitian revolutionaries shattered the myth of white supremacy at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade by decimating the army of Napoleon Bonaparte of France,…

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The Epidemic of Violence and Fratricide in Chicago and America’s Dark Ghettos The tragic death of Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of basketball star Dwayne Wade, has once again called the nation’s attention to the horrific human carnage afflicting Black neighborhoods in Chicago and across the country. Chicago has become the epicenter, the focal point of an internal epidemic of violence and murders that is causing excoriating pain, anguish and anxiety…

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Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels What Next for the Progressive Movement Beyond Cautious, Calculating Hillary Author’s Note: The article was initially scheduled for release just prior to the Democratic Convention. It was revised after the Convention to take into account the impact of the proceedings. At a moment in history when Bernie Sanders came out of nowhere to mount an electrifying campaign as an unabashed Democratic…

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The Haitian Masses Deserve Free, Fair and Transparent Elections

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February 8, 2016 I recently penned an article in which I encouraged President Obama to visit Haiti before the end of his term, to pay tribute to the unique history/heritage of the first Black Republic in the world and as an expression of gratitude to the Haitian people for their contribution towards building the United States of America.  However, the political turmoil on the ground at the moment suggests that…

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Why the President Should Visit Haiti

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Recently much attention has been made of President Obama’s “bucket list,” those things he would like to accomplish before the end of his term. Among the items on his list is a visit to Cuba. This would be a dramatic event, climaxing one of the signature achievements of his presidency – breaking the decades- long diplomatic and economic isolation of Cuba to usher in a new era of normalized relations. The site of an American President, the first African American President, being welcomed in Cuba, an Afro-Hispanic nation, would be stunning and historic!

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Reparations: Eradicating the “Badges and Incidents” of Slavery

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2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. The Amendment officially abolished slavery, completing a process begun with the “partial” Emancipation Proclamation which only “freed” enslaved Africans in those states that were at war with the Union. It would be the first of three Reconstruction Amendments which would abolish slavery, establish citizenship and grant the right to vote to the formerly enslaved Africans. The 13th Amendment is also noteworthy because of the pledge to “eradicate the badges and indications of slavery.” President Obama and members of Congress hailed the Amendment as one of the great achievements of racial justice at a ceremony in the nation’s Capital.

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The 20th Anniversary of the Haiti Support Project Towards a Pilgrimage to Enhance Bonds of Unity and Development

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June 5, 1995 I set foot in Haiti for the first time, leading a delegation of twenty African Americans eager to learn about the history, culture and state of development in the first Black Republic in this hemisphere. October 14-18 (the week after the commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March), plans are to organize a select delegation of African American and Haitian American civil rights/human rights,…

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