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Protesters in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in 2015.

The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’

By Commentaries/Opinions

From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in deep denial. By Michelle Alexander, NYT — Ten years have passed since my book, “The New Jim Crow,” was published. I wrote it to challenge our nation to reckon with the recurring cycles of racial reform, retrenchment and rebirth of caste-like systems that have defined our racial history since slavery. It has been an astonishing decade. Everything and nothing has…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Detractor-in-Chief Overstates Economic Progress

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Donald John Trump has been impeached, and to let him tell it, that isn’t bothering him, and we’d believe him if he hadn’t posted more than tweets in just one day. But his persistent overuse of the word “hoax,” both to refer to impeachment and to anything else he doesn’t like (see: climate change), proves otherwise. 45 delivered remarks during a keynote speech at the…

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John Lewis

Corruption in Campaign Finance Is a Racial Justice Issue

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Chris Kromm, Facing South — Ten years ago, on a narrow 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision that has reshaped our country’s democracy. Citizens United v. FEC opened a new era in Big Money influence in politics, fueling a dramatic rise in election spending by super PACs and other shadowy outside groups: According to the Center for Responsive Politics, independent political organizations have poured $4.5…

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An Open Letter to the Green Party About 2020 Election Strategy

An Open Letter to the Green Party About 2020 Election Strategy

By News & Current Affairs

From Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich, Kathy Kelly, Dr. Ron Daniels, Leslie Cagan, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert — As the 2020 presidential election approaches the Green Party faces the challenge of settling a platform, choosing a candidate for president, and deciding its campaign strategy. In that context, Howie Hawkins, a contender for Green Party Presidential Candidate recently published a clear and cogent essay titled “The Green…

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Vantage Point: Impeachment, Power of the Black Vote, Open Letter to Green Party

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio January 27, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Barbara Arnwine, Esq., Michael Albert and callers. Topics Analysis of the Impeachment Trial Mobilizing and Protecting the Black Vote An Open Letter to the Green Party About 2020 Election Strategy – Read here. Guests Barbara Arnwine, Esq., President/CEO, Transformative Justice Coalition, Washington, DC Michael Albert, Editor, Z-…

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Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Vernon Chapel American Methodist Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Okla.

Michael Bloomberg proposes multi-billion-dollar initiative to provide economic justice for black Americans

By News & Current Affairs

By Shant Shahrigian — Mike Bloomberg took to the site of historic race riots in Tulsa, Okla., on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to propose sweeping plans to redress the economic legacy of generations of discrimination against African Americans. In an initiative similar to calls for reparations for slavery, the Democratic presidential candidate proposed $70 billion in investment in the country’s “100 most…

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Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar

Will a Woman Be President in 2020?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — In a most unusual endorsement, the New York Times has endorsed both Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) for the Democratic nomination for President. Apparently, the Editorial Board of the Times disagrees with Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), who allegedly told Warren that a woman could not win the Presidency. I’d love to see the right woman in the White House, but I’ve been…

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Map from the "The Politics of Judicial Elections"

Big money will dominate high court elections in 2020

By Commentaries/Opinions

Since the U.S Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United 10 years ago, corporate campaign cash has poured into supreme court races across the South. With seats up for grabs this year in Arkansas, North Carolina, and West Virginia, that trend is likely to continue. By Billy Corriher, Facing South — Ten years ago, Justice John Paul Stevens warned that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United had “unleashed the floodgates” of corporate and labor…

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Courtney Tate

Black Americans are deeply pessimistic about the country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe as ‘a racist,’ Post-Ipsos poll finds

By Editors' Choice

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Vanessa Williams, Dan Balz and Scott Clement — President Trump made a stark appeal to black Americans during the 2016 election when he asked, “What have you got to lose?” Three years later, black Americans have rendered their verdict on his presidency with a deeply pessimistic assessment of their place in the United States under a leader seen by an overwhelming majority as racist. The findings…

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Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders

Bernie and Elizabeth Spat: Making Trump’s Day

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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