We can and must win for children!
11/2/2017 10:48:43 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman As congregations of all faiths are observing the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® Celebration this weekend, “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child,” I offer prayers for all child advocates in this very challenging time for children and families and all of us when a half century of struggle for a more inclusive and just nation is at risk. The laboriously woven child and family safety net created over decades and not yet completed is on the brink of obliteration with the administration and its congressional allies...

Have you seen my glasses? And other trick questions
11/2/2017 10:47:55 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder The only person who asks more questions than a lawyer is the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I am not saying that questions are bad, at least not all of them. What I am saying is, some questions can be trick questions. To know the difference between a legitimate question and a trick question takes years of practicing being a husband. If the husband learns anything in his marriage, it is this. I know people ask questions in order to get information. Not all people ask a question in order to get information. Some people ask questions in order to trick somebody...

Who polices the police?
11/2/2017 10:47:29 PM

By Printus LeBlanc The FBI has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. Half the country is upset at the handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation and the announced outcome on July 5, 2016. The other half of the nation believes the Comey cost Clinton the election by declaring the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of more emails on Anthony Weiner’s computer. And now it looks like the former FBI Director may have perjured himself. What is perjury? Perjury is considered a crime against justice. These are crimes against...

Vietnam—The worst years of our lives—Part II
10/27/2017 9:05:30 AM

By Harry C. Alford During the presidential election of 1964, Candidate Lyndon B. Johnson told a group of military supporters, “Get me elected and you can have your damn war”.  He delivered on the promise.  By 1965 our nation was in “full swing”.  Soon there would be up to 500,000 U.S. military involved and body bags would start shipping home to the tune of 500 per week.  The mid-1960’s became chaotic with anti-war demonstrations growing stronger and stronger.  Our government was disingenuous with the public.  In other words, they...

As North Korea threatens Guam again, now what?
10/27/2017 9:05:09 AM

By Robert Romano Stability is an illusion. So is power. What deters a nuclear first strike against the U.S. is the perceived response. More generally, nuclear powers don’t go after one another because the likely consequence is nuclear annihilation on all sides. Once one or two nukes go off, the likelihood that more go off rises exponentially, so nobody does it. What makes the world stable today, then, is the perceived reality of mutually assured destruction. So far, nobody’s arguing that North Korea is stable enough not to potentially launch a first strike. It certainly...

Taxes should go on postcards, not accomplishments
10/27/2017 9:03:36 AM

By Natalia Castro Did you know one of the most ineffective methods of debate is spending more time explaining your opponent’s arguments than your own? Evidently, the House Republicans do not. With the newest House Republican website Didyouknow.gop, Congressional Republicans attempted to highlight their successes of this term but ended up doing precisely the opposite, feeding into the media chaos that has distracted the American people from the real action going on in Congress and enabling them to do less. It started with a postcard. Featured above, the GOP actually paid someone...

Picking losers is no way to win, Mr. Majority Leader
10/27/2017 9:03:03 AM

By Robert Romano “Our primary approach will be to support our incumbents and in open seats to seek to help nominate people who can actually win in November. That’s my approach. That’s the way you keep a governing majority.” That was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promising to continue intervening in Senate Republican primaries to back the GOP establishment’s “choice” to represent the party in the Senate. But how has that been working out in recent years? A short history lesson is in order. Pat Toomey, who primaried Sen....

Why did I get up this morning?
10/27/2017 1:41:57 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder All day long, I've had this burning question in my mind. One of those questions you just cannot shake and as the day progressed, it loomed larger and larger until I had to address it. Personally, I would like to have addressed it, put a stamp on it and send it to Timbuktu. I just do not know the ZIP code. It all began first thing in the morning. Some days try to trick you into thinking it's going to be a good day by starting the day off perfect. Such was not the case with this day. The amazing thing about this day was it started bad and just got worse as...

Healing the gaping open wound: An urgent call for more aid and fair treatment for Puerto Rico
10/27/2017 1:41:31 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman A National Public Radio story this week described a visit to Escuela Gaspar Vila Mayans, a public elementary school in the Rio Piedras neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico: “‘PRESENTE!!!’ about 40 kids shout on cue — they’re the ones who are able to be present. More than three quarters of the student body isn’t here. Communications are spotty, so some may not be aware that this school has reopened. Principal Rita Barreto says many kids and their families are still dealing with the storm’s devastation, after losing...

The Fight to Protect Voting Rights Continues #StayWoke We Must Take Every Opportunity to Fight Voter Suppression
10/9/2017 11:21:43 PM

By Derrick Johnson (Interim President and CEO, NAACP)   We all know the power of the vote.   One person, one vote serves as the basic ethos and measurement of any democratic nation. Without true voter protection, integrity and universal access, America’s light on the hill dims.   Since Shelby V. Holder dismantled the Voting Rights Act, many southern, states with a history of voter suppression and related oppression of Black communities, could, once again, enact laws that would attempt to manipulate the sole entity which made all Americans equal: the...