When you educate a girl, you educate a nation
9/16/2017 9:14:48 AM

By Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) As I write this, I am preparing to travel with my colleagues to Nigeria, where I will have the honor of meeting some of the Chibok girls who were released after two waves of negotiations between Boko Haram and Nigerian government officials. It is my fourth trip to Nigeria since April 14, 2014, when the terrorist group shocked the world by abducting nearly 300 schoolgirls from their dormitory rooms. More than three years later, 113 of the original 276 Chibok girls are still being held captive. Many of the girls who escaped their kidnappers on...

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9/16/2017 9:13:56 AM

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) says that a lack of education has been a key factor in Boko Haram’s ongoing ability to successfully recruit young men and boys. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) (left) speaks during a candlelight vigil for the missing Chibok school girls in front of the State Department in Washington,...

Confederate statues are falling, not economic racism
9/7/2017 12:26:54 AM

Cheers to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, one of the first mayors to take Confederate statues down and to make the strong point that these statues represent nothing but oppression. (Watch his May speech at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/watch-new-orleans-mayor-mitch-landrieu-defend-removal-of-monuments-to-heroes-of-a-four-year-historical-aberration-2017-08-15) More cheers to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh who had statues removed in the dead of night to avoid Charlottesville-type confrontations between racist white supremacists (also known as “good people” according to 45) and...

Harvey, Katrina’s big brother has arrived
9/7/2017 12:26:27 AM

By Harry C. Alford MUG? It has been a good span of fair weather in the Gulf Coast of the United States. However, that lull has ended. After 12 years, a major hurricane has landed on the shore lines. Hurricane Harvey has swept through the southeast coast of Texas including metropolitan Houston. It appears that a continuation of the storm will rebuild off shore and then move on into Louisiana. Prudently, the Governor of Louisiana has declared an emergency and it was quickly approved by President Trump. In contrast to Katrina, local, state, and federal government seem to have their act...

If ‘all things are possible,’ why can't I balance my checkbook?
9/7/2017 12:26:05 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder For me, the most terrible time of each month is the day our bank statement comes. We commonly call it BSS (Bank Statement Syndrome). I don't know why it is, but I have trouble getting the parsonage checkbook to balance with the monthly bank statement. That ominous document intimidates me every time it arrives. After all, the bank's business is keeping track of accounts. They have hundreds, maybe thousands of accounts and I have just one. On the surface, it seems a rather simple thing for me to keep our checking account up to date, but I assure you, it is not....

Praying and standing for children
9/7/2017 12:25:33 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman As a new school year begins I want to share prayers for our children, all of them, and for caring adults to be God’s hands and feet standing for children everywhere in these very difficult times in our nation and around our shared world. We especially pray for every child living in cities, towns, rural areas, neighborhoods and homes devastated by winds and floods without a safe space to escape to or a place to call home and whose lives have been upended by forces they cannot control. ** We pray and stand for children blessed by parents who care and...

It will take more than ESSA to save black children
9/7/2017 12:25:11 AM

[ital]It's time for black parents to stand up for the future of their children By Lynette Monroe Last week, late nights, family road trips, and endless leisure came to an abrupt halt as children across the country headed back to school. This year, however, there is something else that requires adjustment besides early mornings and evening homework assignments. This year, a revised national education law goes into effect: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) signed into law by Barack Obama in...

All lives are created equal, whether in Charlottesville or Chicago
8/25/2017 9:32:54 PM

By Rick Manning A thirty-four year old usher at the Friendship Baptist Church in Chicago along with another man were murdered on Sunday morning while going up the steps of the church just as services were starting. These were just two of the nine killings, three of which were self-defense during a home invasion, that occurred in the Windy City this past weekend. Thirty-three others were injured in the violence that has racked the nation’s third largest city. And this past weekend is the norm. Just use Bing and search for yourself the term “Weekend violence Chicago” and...

Why was the FBI so sure that Russia hacked the DNC without looking at the server?
8/25/2017 9:32:24 PM

By Robert Romano On May 3, 2016, when asked by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell if there was any indication that foreign governments had penetrated her private email server that contained classified information, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton emphatically denied the charge, saying, “No, not at all.” The rationale for denying this was obvious enough. If the classified information on her private email server had fallen into the hands of foreign powers, then there would be real damage—potentially placing her in greater legal jeopardy. Just a day later,...

Martin Luther King condemned the violence on both sides, too
8/25/2017 9:31:53 PM

By Robert Romano Someone has to be the adult in the room. Whenever President Donald Trump—or any political leader—stands up to condemn all of the violence at a national tragedy such as Charlottesville, Va. regardless of the causes, political or otherwise, those calls should be embraced, lest the result be that some forms of political violence be justified—and perpetuated as a consequence. That was what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached. He said, “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of...