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Getting Real About High School Graduation for Black and Brown Students
August 16, 2018
Even as overall graduation rates improve, Black and Hispanic students continue to lag behind that curve. Graduation rates for African American students are 76.4 percentage points—8 percentage points behind the national average—and Latino students are at 79.3 percent. Native American students fare even worse at just 72 percent graduation. Meanwhile, White and Asian students are anywhere from four to six points higher than the national average. ... read more »
The Rhetoric and Reality Of Race
August 16, 2018
The leaders of the desegregation social protest movement of a generation ago mobilized millions with one simple demand, “freedom.” In the context of a racially segregated society of the South in post-World War II, freedom meant elimination of all social, political, legal and economic barriers that forced African Americans into a subordinate status. ... read more »
Physician Calls on Legislators to Oppose Bill Threatening California’s Most Vulnerable Dialysis Patient Population
August 16, 2018
If passed, SB 1156 will severely limit the ability of charitable organizations from providing financial assistance to dialysis patients in need. These are the charitable organizations whose financial assistance allows for access to treatment and care for thousands of patients suffering from kidney failure in California, including many minority patients. For these patients, charitable assistance is the sole reason they are able to continue paying for their costly and life-sustaining dialysis treatment. ... read more »
Message From Watts: Liberation is Coming From A Black Thing
August 16, 2018
The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note—the assassination and martyrdom of Malcolm X, the Fire Prophet. Even in the white and winter cold of February, it was a sign of the coming fire. Indeed, it pointed toward the fiery fulfillment of prophecy which Malcolm, himself, had predicted. It was there, too, in the title of James Baldwin’s classic, The Fire Next Time. And it was the topic of countless conversations around the country. Baldwin had taken his title from a line in a Black gospel song which says: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.” And this, for us, was the fundamental time of turning when the fire would be this time. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window: “Hail to the Chief!”
August 16, 2018
The dynamics and demographics of Upland (like most small towns) has changed quite a bit since its founding.  It started primarily as a majority all White community.  Over time different cultures began to migrate to the area for different reasons and today, according to the census, it has close to a population of 78,000 people. ... read more »
Justice Served: McCulloch Out, Bell in as St. Louis County Prosecutor
August 16, 2018
Just over four years ago, on August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson. He was shot six times, and might have survived some of the shots, but was fatally wounded when he was shot in the head. Wilson claimed he shot in self-defense, but Michael Brown was unarmed. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch took his time convening a grand jury and announced in November 2014, three months after Brown's murder, that the grand jury voted not to indict Wilson. ... read more »
Future of Democratic Party Lies in Moving to the Moral Center
August 16, 2018
A new generation of Democrats, such as New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is challenging the party’s establishment, writes Jesse Jackson, and the party’s goal should be to embrace the “moral center.” ... read more »
Success On “The Way” Ask Dr. Jeanette: Lust
August 16, 2018
Too many people are lusting and don’t know they are; because it’s defined narrowly by “sex.” When lust is narrowly defined, people who are committing lustful acts find a way of escape…may say, “I’m not committing adultery or fornication?? Not an alcoholic or drug addict. There are other lusts besides indulgence.  ... read more »
The Constitution is a Shield for Civil and Human Rights
August 9, 2018
In a few weeks, the Senate will decide whether a D.C. Circuit Court judge named Brett Kavanaugh should be the nation’s next Supreme Court justice. And from my office window, I can already hear the battle cries. ... read more »
Attack on LeBron Shows Trump Wants to Use Fear, Divisiveness to Win Elections
August 9, 2018
The run-up to the 2018 congressional elections has begun. With 40 Republican representatives deciding not to run again, the party’s majority in the House is at risk. President Donald Trump has announced he plans to stump for Republicans across the country, seeking to make the election a referendum on him. Characteristically, a centerpiece of his approach is to use race as a weapon to divide and distract us. ... read more »
Holding Ground and Moving Forward: 
In Righteous and Relentless Struggle
August 9, 2018
If we are to hold our cultural and moral ground in the midst of the life we live, the work we do and the struggle we wage, then, it must be done in the midst of quality relations and relationships that anchor, build and strengthen us as persons, families and communities, and cause us to develop and flourish. In spite of reports to the contrary, we, as people, are not lost or looking for directions from our oppressor, or seeking salvation in the arms of our oppressor, or striving to be responsible in the jaundiced eyes of our oppressor. ... read more »
Enough with the Racism in the Rooftop Solar Industry
August 9, 2018
Recently, Vivint Solar—one of the largest sellers of solar panels in this country—was sued in California by a Black employee who alleges that his superiors likened him to a monkey; used a racial epithet against him; and that his coworkers used cardboard boxes to build a fort around their desks that was marked as “White only.” The complainant's lawyer provided pictures of this absurd and abhorrent cardboard façade to the media and The Sacramento Bee published the photo. ... read more »
New National Poll Finds Consumers Still Want Financial Regulation
August 9, 2018
The 2018 poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, found that among respondents more than 90 percent viewed regulation of financial services to be very important, and registered support across partisan affiliations. Among Republicans, 85 percent supported regulation, compared to 92 percent of independents and 96 percent of Democrats. ... read more »
Congressman Ron Dellums: A ‘Fierce’ Focused Fighter
August 9, 2018
Dellums was a fierce, focused fighter for justice, an anti-war activist who served in the military, authored several CBC Alternative Budgets (budgets that focused on human needs rather than military buildup) and was an indefatigable fighter for South African freedom. ... read more »
Institute of the Black World 21st Century Conference
August 9, 2018
More than two thousand came from the greater Newark/New York region, Black America and the Pan-African world, drawn by the urgent impulse to connect, network, bond, share and unite in the wake of the most hate-filled, demagogic and divisive presidential campaigns that produced a presidential regime, elected by less than a majority of the popular vote, embedded with racism, white nationalism and Islamophobia.  It was one of the most threatening moments since the arrival of Africans on these hostile American shores. ... read more »
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