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Can Federal Lynching Law Help Heal America?
May 12, 2022
For three centuries lynching was a standard practice in the cruel treatment of Black men, women, and children in America. Even after slavery, Blacks from 1882 – 1959 were lynched on average every six days, totaling at least 4,733 brutal deaths, according to researchers at the Tuskegee Institute. ... read more »
Communities do not trust institutions. This is how we’re regaining it.
April 1, 2022
Americans have lost trust in the ability of large institutions like the federal government, national media, and large companies – even big banks – to understand or care about their needs.  ... read more »
California Democratic Party Adopts Platform Language Prioritizing Black Student Achievement 
March 23, 2022
On March 6, the California Democratic Party (CDP) adopted language brought forth by the CDP Black Caucus into the 2022 California Democratic Party Platform that supports California’s Black students.   ... read more »
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Opinion: On State of the State, Gov. Newsom and Republicans Offer Clashing Views
March 17, 2022
Before Newsom’s speech, California Republicans posted a video of Assemblymember Suzette Martinez Valladares (R-Newhall) countering the main points in the governor’s upcoming address. ... read more »
Here’s how to make Medi-Cal better in South L.A.
March 17, 2022
Through the state’s new CalAIM program, virtually all California residents will have access to health insurance. ... read more »
Lifting and Holding Up Heaven: Women’s and Men’s Work in the World 
March 10, 2022
It is a fundamental tenet of Kawaida philosophy that practice proves and makes possible everything, that is to say, practice brings it into being, makes it real, relevant and worthy of the name and quality it claims, whether it is love or life, parenting or peace, teaching or learning, art or ethics, science, religion or righteous resistance.   ... read more »
The Urgency of Now – A Reflection on African American History Month 
March 2, 2022
What time is it? It’s time to re-engage the fierce urgency of now and continue pressing forward on the issues of the day. It is time to stay involved, focused, and intentional in preventing voter suppression. It is time for truth telling about the heinous and abominable side of American democracy. We have no time to relax. ... read more »
Do You See What I See
February 9, 2022
We look at things differently. We see people, things, events and happenings all according to our own experiences. That subject has been existent hundreds, thousands of years before now. And it is a subject that causes wide controversy. Look at her! Look at him!   ... read more »
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Let’s Create an Infrastructure Policy that Builds Two Types of Bridges for a More Inclusive and Stronger Nation
January 20, 2022
Despite all the stresses, division, and crises of the past year, we Americans have the timely opportunity to achieve the togetherness and mutual benefits in the new year that can mark a significant turning point.  This opportunity lies within the recently passed $1.2 trillion brick-and-mortar infrastructure bill, which can help build bridges of inclusivity between mainstream construction industry businesses and small and diverse business enterprises, generate multiplicative community benefits, and serve as a replicable national model across many industries.  ... read more »
Defending a Democracy in Flames
December 23, 2021
I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom. And how we can preserve it.  Our freedom is threatened. We all need to be paying attention and preparing to take action next year.  ... read more »
We Need More Black Doctors 
December 2, 2021
African Americans know that color matters in regard to almost everything in this country. Medical care is no exception. ... read more »
The Ahmaud Arbery Verdict and Victory:
December 2, 2021
Our waiting for and finally hearing the verdict in the trial of the three murderers of Ahmaud Arbery, like that with George Floyd, compelled us to ride a roller coaster of mixed emotions, from relief and rejoicing to reflection and recommitment, and always, whether evident or just below the surface, a righteous anger and sadness at the evil and injustice committed. ... read more »
Justifying Kyle Rittenhouse’s Killings in Kenosha: Lived Lessons of White American Justice   
November 25, 2021
The racial, indeed racist character of American justice, how it is conceived, carried out and justified, cannot be sensibly, seriously or honestly denied. We, as a people have lived with and resisted this kind of justice, in reality injustice, for centuries. ... read more »
Investing in American People and Communities
November 18, 2021
President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress have come through with a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package—something the previous president repeatedly promised but never delivered. ... read more »
COVID-19 scams target Blacks, other people of color  FTC report reveals new and continuing financial fraud 
November 4, 2021
Just as the annual holiday season of shopping and celebrating nears, a major federal financial regulator released new research detailing how communities of color not only are targeted by well-known types of predatory lenders, but new forms of fraud seek to exploit consumers in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.   ... read more »
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