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Myths and lies about poverty
September 17, 2020
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.  ... read more »
The Honest Truth About Law Enforcement and Our Community
September 17, 2020
I have written about and discussed the notion that it takes just one person to misuse the law for public trust to erode and just one person to stand up to unjust actions to inspire change. The shooting and killing of Dijon Kizzee, Anthony Weber, and Andres Guardado by individual officers has further raised concerns and anger over the police culture, training, and interaction with people of color. Adversely, an individual took to violence against two sheriff deputies this past weekend seriously injuring both officers. ... read more »
Us’ 55 Years of Unbudging Blackness: Africa as Our Moral Ideal
September 17, 2020
Now the interrelated moral imperative to be ourselves and to free ourselves is intimately related to our commitment as advocates of Us to the principle and practice of unbudging Blackness and the deep-rooted and irreversible embrace of Africa as our moral ideal. To talk of our Blackness, again, is to talk not simply of our color, i.e., our appearance and genetic makeup, but also and most defining in distinctiveness, our culture and our self-conscious practice of it. In a word, Blackness at its core is about culture and consciousness and commitment to constantly maintain, cultivate and expand both without dismissing or diminishing respect for our color in its various shades as identifying attributes. ... read more »
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Declaration of Principles for the Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks
September 17, 2020
"And so this march must go beyond this historic moment. We must support the strong. We must give courage to the timid. We must remind the indifferent, and we must warn the opposed. Civil rights, which are God-given and constitutionally guaranteed, are not negotiable in 1963.” – National Urban League President Whitney M. Young, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice ... read more »
Wendy’s Window– Chaos Everywhere!
September 17, 2020
Now we have fires to deal with! Who would have every thought we would experience so much chaos in one year? In January we learned about the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and the rest of the passengers on the small private plane. Our hearts were full of sorrow in such disbelief. In February, we publicly experienced another Black man killed in cold blood by the name of Ahmaud Arbery. March was terrifying as we were officially introduced to COVID-19, the pandemic we all have been living with for months now, and an innocent woman by the name of Breonna Taylor was murdered in her own bed by police officers.  ... read more »
Success On “The Way”Ask Dr. Jeanette:“Idolatry”Part 2 “Glorification, Hero-Worshipping, Fetishes” “World View”
September 17, 2020
Last week we talked about idolatry and defined it.  However, I would like to take this subject a  step further and try my best to offer examples. A large number of people, may I venture to say even millions world wide in this universe are worshipping idols. ... read more »
Black households earned 61 cents for every dollar of White median incomes
September 10, 2020
The August 23 police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, WI, triggered yet another round of community protests and national news coverage of a Black man. A series of multiple gunshots fired by a local police officer, were not fatal for 29-year old Jacob Blake; but may have permanently paralyzed him from the waist down.   ... read more »
Hey Ladies Do You Know How to Navigate Perimenopause and Menopause?
September 10, 2020
Navigating the topic of women’s health is a constant struggle.  For whatever reason we have a hard time talking about our anatomy and the changes our bodies go through each decade. ... read more »
Us’ 55 Years of Unbudging Blackness: Africa As Our Moral Ideal
September 10, 2020
Since I first conceived Us as a vanguard organization and called its founding meeting in the wake of the August Revolt and the martyrdom of Min. Malcolm X, we have been committed to three overarching and interrelated goals: cultural revolution, Black liberation and the radical reconception and reconstruction of American society. ... read more »
FOR REAL CHANGE DEPOLITICIZE COUNTY OFFICIALS
September 10, 2020
If you want to get to the real source of political issues in America, follow the money. For years, grassroots organizations have been protesting against the Los Angeles County District Attorney (D.A.) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department for their actions or inactions. But what if the D.A. and the Sheriff aren’t where the real problem lies? In order to find the source of the problem, you’ve got to find the source and required uses for funding these two departments. ... read more »
Masks are the fastest way back to jobs and school
September 10, 2020
It’s a simple thing we can do that’s good for our families and our community. ... read more »
BLACK WOMEN LEADERS RESPOND TO TRUMP AND THE GOP IN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION TO BLACK AMERICA: ‘WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?’
September 10, 2020
Our consortium of Black women leaders has disrupted the status quo of this election cycle and of society. This week, we have been reminded of the question you asked Black people during the 2016 election: “What do you have to lose?”  Our answer, evidenced by increasingly poor economic outcomes, high racial tensions and hate incidents, the coronavirus, and an overall lack of dignity and respect in the White House, is a lot. And for Black women in particular, it’s too much. ... read more »
Success On “The Way” Ask Dr. Jeanette: “Idolatry” “The Almighty Meets Us In Every Crisis” “Why?”
September 10, 2020
“God so loves the world that He is forever meeting us in every crisis after crisis.” Generation after generation we appear to commit suicide. We can be at death’s door, but right there He meets us…ready and willing to straighten us out if we will come to Him in humility and submission and confession. ... read more »
OP-ED: Black Americans and COVID-19 Clinical Trials
September 10, 2020
Black Americans have to be involved at all levels of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot afford to be silent, detached, denied, or prevented from being at the decision-making tables in terms of COVID-19 public health policies, research, clinical trials, remedies, and vaccine development. Our lives and future are at stake. ... read more »
When Will We Talk About Black Fear (Instead of a Fear of Black People)?
September 10, 2020
Two emotions, love and rage, seem to be commonly used to frame historical Black political and social public actions.  On the one hand, narratives of Black resistance and radical action are often popularly framed in terms of us having endured too much or simply being fed up with a society that refuses to offer racial equality.  ... read more »
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