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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Let’s Suspend the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Even as our legislators grapple with impeachment, they are also charged to pass a dozen budget bills, including a bill on “defense”. Recent elections suggest a paradigm shift in the way we view budget spending, what with Democrats taking charge in both Virginia and Kentucky (I’m not counting Mississippi, Dems aren’t likely to capture that one until lightening strikes). Some are suggesting that the government…

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Trump Is Trying to Woo Black Voters by Saying What He Always Says

By News & Current Affairs

The launch of Black Voices for Trump felt like any other Trump rally. By Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones — The election is one year away, the impeachment inquiry is heating up, and Donald Trump wants those black votes. On Friday, the president went to Atlanta for the launch of Black Voices for Trump. The new grassroots coalition is an attempt by Trump’s reelection campaign to win over more black voters…

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Foreign prime minister demands slavery reparations from Harvard

By Reparations

Says reparation is compensation, not a gift. By Jeremiah Poff, The College Fix  — The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda recently sent a letter to the president of Harvard University demanding that the Ivy League school pay his country slavery reparations. The Harvard Crimson reported that Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, in an Oct. 30 letter to Harvard President Lawrence Bacow demanded reparations for the university’s role in…

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David Comissiong

Ambassador David Comissiong’s most recent Address on Reparations

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

Address by Ambassador David Comissiong to the West and Central Africa Conference on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent Organized by the United Nations Commission for Human Rights and the African Union Dakar, Senegal (23-24 October, 2019). In 1834, after 225 years of relentless rebellion by our enslaved ancestors, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire: and the methodology devised by the British Government for the…

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Sir Hilary Beckles and Cong. John Conyers

Sir Hilary Beckles Pays Tribute to the Late US Cong. John Conyers as a “Champion for Reparations”

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Video/Audio

Conyers was the Longest Serving US Lawmaker Jamaica, W.I. — Reparations activists and advocates across the Caribbean, the USA and around the world are mourning the passing of US Congressman John Conyers who died earlier this week at the age of 90. With 52 years of public service, Conyers was the longest serving congressman of all time. “We at the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) are deeply saddened by the recent…

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Williamson focuses on reparations in first ad of presidential campaign

Williamson focuses on reparations in first ad of presidential campaign

By Reparations

By Marty Johnson, The Hill — Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson on Wednesday released her first television ad of her campaign. The ad is titled “Reparations — An Idea Whose Time Has Come.” As the 60-second spot’s name suggests, the commercial is centered around one of Williamson’s main issues of focus: reparations for American descendants of slavery. When asked in the commercial why she supports reparations, the Democratic longshot answers, “I’ve been talking…

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Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 4, 2017.Alex Brandon/AP

Former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, political icon dies at 90

By Commentaries/Opinions, Editors' Choice

Congressman John James Conyers Jr. (May 16, 1929 – October 27, 2019) By Herb Boyd — Unlike his often convulsive, tumultuous political career, former Congressman John Conyers, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep Sunday at his home in Detroit. The iconic and highly productive representative from Michigan was 90. More than half those 90 years were spent on the battleground for civil rights and public service, including 53 years as…

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Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

Another Mighty Tree Has Fallen With the Passing of Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Attny. Nkechi Taifa — Congressman John Conyers, during the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus plenary on reparations which you chaired, I spoke of the words of Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of 14-year-old Emmett Till who in 1955 was abducted by whites and thrown into Mississippi’s Tallahatchie River. The only way her son’s beaten and horribly disfigured body could be identified was by a ring he wore on a finger….

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Anita Belle

Poll: Most Americans oppose reparations for slavery

By Reparations

By Corey Williams and Noreen Nasir — DETROIT (AP) — Few Americans are in favor of giving reparations to descendants of enslaved black people in the United States, a new poll shows, even as the idea has gained momentum among Democratic presidential contenders. Only 29% of Americans say the government should pay cash reparations, according to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. But the poll reveals a large…

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Congressman John Conyers

John Conyers, longest serving black congressman, dies at 90

By News & Current Affairs

DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died. He was 90. Conyers, among the high-profile politicians toppled by sex harassment allegations in 2017, died at his home on Sunday, said Detroit police spokesman Cpl. Dan Donakowski. The death “looks…

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