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Nguzo Saba’s and Us’ 50th Anniversary: A Unique and Enduring Achievement
October 1, 2015
This is a beautiful, uplifting and momentous point and place in our history as an organization, the reaching of our 50th Anniversary. It is an anniversary brought into being by continuous work, ... read more »
October 1, 2015
Last weekend, State Senator Holly Mitchell hosted a community town hall in South Central LA on immigration reform that focused entirely on Latinos. (Black immigrants from Africa, ... read more »
Cultural Grounding, Unbudging Blackness and Steadfastness in Struggle
September 25, 2015
  Ten years ago, I wrote this article for the 40th anniversary of the Organization Us. My assessment is that it’s no less true now than it was then and that it has been reaffirmed in the decade that followed. ... read more »
September 25, 2015
Countless assessments abound regarding the Crescent City ten years after Katrina-“the storm” to most New Orleanians. Many cite progress as the resurgence of the French Quarter and its financial benefit from tourism. ... read more »
Recovering Insight from the Quotable Karenga: Vanguarding with Vincent Harding
September 17, 2015
In the process of review and reflection for the 50th anniversary celebration of our organization Us, our philosophy Kawaida, and our core values, the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), ... read more »
September 17, 2015
Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow (2010) received wide national media coverage, but ongoing discussion of the book’s far-reaching implications is largely confined to academics and social justice advocates. ... read more »
September 11, 2015
Once again, the recent spate of violent crime in Los Angeles, especially in South Central, is causing heightened concern and has LAPD scrambling for stop-gap solutions. ... read more »
Caregivers and Our Families Need Legislators to Act Now to End Recession-Era Cuts for Good
September 9, 2015
But then, my wife Tina and I never thought we’d rely on the state’s safety net. When Tina was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she was no longer able to work as an X-ray technician or do church ministry. And when her paralysis meant she was unable to walk or move in a wheelchair on her own, the best option for my family was for me to become her full-time caregiver through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program. ... read more »
To Be Equal– The Value of Labor
September 9, 2015
Despite the dizzying array of clearance sales and bargains to be found in our nation’s malls and department stores, Labor Day is no creation of our retail industry. It is our nation’s annual tribute to the working class, American worker whose physical, and largely manual labor, built this country’s infrastructure and built a labor movement that spurred social and economic achievements for all American workers – regardless of job sector. ... read more »
Misty Copeland Danced Her Way to the Top By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
September 9, 2015
Fighting for freedom and equality comes in numerous different forms, vessels and vocations, particularly in a society with a history of stereotypical distortions about human capacity and ability based on race and ethnicity. Therefore, it is important to note whenever there is an irrefutable exposure of some of those false myths and caricatures. ... read more »
Demonizing ‘Black Lives Matter’ By George E. Curry
September 9, 2015
Led by Fox News, conservatives are trying to discredit the #Black Lives Matter Movement by claiming incorrectly that it is a Black hate group that encourages the killing of police officers. On the Aug. 31 edition of Fox & Friends, Elizabeth Hasselbeck asked, “Why has the Black Lives Movement – Black Lives Matter Movement – not been classified yet as a hate group? I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?” ... read more »
‘Angry Black’ Gunmen By Julianne Malveaux
September 9, 2015
Alison Parker, a rookie news reporter at WDJB, the Roanoke, Va. CBS affiliate, had turned 24 just days before she was murdered on August 26. Her work partner, cameraman Adam Ward, was about to move to Charlotte, N.C. because his fiancé, a producer at WDJB, had a new job. ... read more »
Hurricane Katrina: A Decade of Recovery and Rebuilding
September 3, 2015
“So let us restore all that we have cherished from yesterday, and let us rise above the legacy of inequality. When the streets are rebuilt, there should be many new businesses, ... read more »
September 3, 2015
Second of two parts (The following paper was presented in April 2000 at a UC Santa Barbara Conference, California Dreamin’: Social Vision and the Crisis of California’s African American Communities. ... read more »
Remembering the Scope of Katrina
September 3, 2015
There will be many remembrances written in light of the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. There are a few points I would like to add as we reflect on the scope and depth of catastrophe. ... read more »
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