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Our System Is Rigged so the Minority Can Rule

By Editors' Choice

The Electoral College, Republican gerrymandering and the filibuster are all examples of how American democracy is at risk. By Jesse Jackson— The majority does not rule in the United States. The foundation of any democracy — one person, one vote — is mocked by institutionalized impediments that allow the minority to win even when they lose at the ballot box. In this era, even when Democrats win, they lose. And…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

“Georgia On My Mind” The Unfulfilled Promise of the Black Vote Revisited

By Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr.  Ron Daniels — Georgia is very much on my mind these days because the epic battle being waged in that state for control of the U.S. Senate will likely determine whether the quest for a more perfect union will move forward or be obstructed by radical rightwing forces who fear the loss of “White identity” power and privilege. My fear is that…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Myths and Lies About Poverty

By Rev Jesse Jackson

By Jesse Jackson — “The poor will always be with us,” say the cynics. No doubt, some will always be wealthier than others. We wouldn’t want to live in a society that forced all to be equal. But poverty isn’t inevitable. The 30 million people in America who lived in poverty even before the pandemic when unemployment was at record lows needn’t exist in that state. Too many myths and…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Embracing Youth Leadership

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Congressman John Robert Lewis was just 17 when he reached out to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a letter conveying his desire to attend all-white Troy State College (now Troy State University) that was just ten miles from his home. Lewis submitted an application but never heard from the college, and hoped King would help. Instead, he went to Fisk University. Later, Dr. King…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

We Must Protect the Right to Vote in the November Elections

By Rev Jesse Jackson

The Republican Party is doing everything it can to suppress the vote in November. Why? They fear higher turnout, especially among people of color, will cost them the election. By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — The coronavirus does not discriminate, but people do. The coronavirus is not partisan, but politicians are. When we should be coming together to address a shared crisis, some are intent on driving us apart and…

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Doctors for the 99 Percent march from Zuccotti Park to St. Vincent's Hospital to demand its reopening and health care for all. October 26, 2011.

Coronavirus Makes It More Clear Than Ever: Health Care Is a Human Right

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Rev Jesse Jackson

The COVID-19 crisis exposes the foolishness of pretending that health care is a private marketplace. By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — Who is going to pay for this? For months that question was used as a weapon against supporters of Medicare for All. Now, it is on everyone’s mind as they worry about the costs of the testing and treatment for the coronavirus. The virus is highly contagious. We need…

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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

The Important Word in ‘Democratic Socialism’ Is ‘Democratic’

By Rev Jesse Jackson

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — After the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race. In South Carolina, the next primary, former Vice President Joe Biden is the favorite, buoyed by his support among African American voters. But Sanders will come into the state with real momentum, having won the popular vote in each of the first three contests. More importantly, in Nevada, Sanders…

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Water is a human right

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right

By News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts, Press Releases / Statements

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right — Express Solidarity with Struggle for Water Rights in Nigeria. February, 10, 2020, New York — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) released a Statement today calling for a national and international movement to declare access to water a human right that should not be subject to profiteering by corporate interests. The Statement was released against the…

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VP Radio: Revolutionaries and Electoral Politics, Life and Legacy of Richard Hatcher, Door of Our Return Reflections

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio December 30, 2019 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Senator James Sanders, Assemblyman Charles Barron, Councilwoman Inez Barron,  Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and callers. Topic Door of Our Return Reflections Continued Should Revolutionaries Engage in Electoral Politics? The Life and Legacy of Richard G. Hatcher Guests State Senator James Sanders, Queens, New York Assemblyman Charles Barron,…

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Jack O'Dell

Jack O’Dell – An Appreciation

By News & Current Affairs

The life and work of Jack O’Dell who died last week at 96 at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia were marked by an unwavering radical vision fused with an immovable partisanship for working people the world over. By James Campbell and Mark Solomon, Portside — Jack’s quietly effective teaching, his strategic acumen, his theoretical insight, his unbending internationalism and his generosity of intellect and spirit inspired and enriched the…

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The People’s Organization for Progress

The Peoples’ Organization for Progress (POP) Statement on African-American Freedom Fighters and the Palestinian Struggle

By Commentaries/Opinions

By The People’s Organization for Progress (POP) — This is a brief summary and overview that presents many of the voices in the lengthy history of African-American support and solidarity for the Palestinian People’s legitimate claim for justice and selfdetermination. This support has grown and developed from a perspective advocated by some of the most radical and progressive activists such as Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party to a…

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