The State of the Union: Morally Dead and Leaving Vulnerable Children Behind
2/7/2018 11:39:33 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   As I listened to President Trump’s State of the Union Address waiting to hear even a kernel of hope for our country’s most vulnerable children I became more and more distressed and disgusted as these children’s needs were once again left behind along with the values of the America and all great faiths that so many of us love and respect. The President’s address was silent on the shameful problems of homelessness, hunger, the lack of poor quality early childhood and educational opportunities, needed reforms in our child welfare...

One of the Million Reasons to Support Re-Entry
1/31/2018 10:32:43 PM

By Harry C. Alford The task of bringing our ex-offenders back into full, fledge citizenship is immense and very long-term.  Millions of Blacks who have violated the law and have been incarcerated find that returning to normal life can sometimes feel like an impossible task.  A felony can haunt you for a lifetime.  It can affect you and your love ones.  It can prevent you from a normal life or a pleasant future.  The odds are against you and things can sometimes seem hopeless and unforgiving. A very organized conspiracy started in the 1990’s, it was known...

Republicans Will Ride with Trump Forever
1/31/2018 10:32:16 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. After every Trump outrage, we go through a similar routine.  Trump says or does something that most sane people believe to be over the top; he is roundly condemned; some Republicans shake their heads; masses of people ask that something be done…and then it all fades into the next news cycle. What was different in connection with Trump’s recent alleged remarks against Africa, Haiti and Latin America—the notorious “s--thole remarks”—was that some Republicans who were in the room at the time of the alleged remarks first played...

Young children and their families who benefit from the Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and Community Health Center Program also are still waiting for Congress to extend funding for their critical services.
1/31/2018 10:31:06 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman “You promised.” Children learn the value and power of those words very early on as they begin to develop a sense of morality and trust. A preschooler will show deep outrage when an adult promise isn’t kept. The Continuing Resolution that ended this week’s government shutdown relied on a series of uncertain promises about meeting children’s needs and ensuring their futures. Congress did keep one very critical promise by finally passing a long overdue extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), giving...

What We’ve Lost During Trump’s First Year
1/31/2018 10:30:18 PM

By Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) The year leading up to his inauguration in 2017, as the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump espoused senseless, baseless and ultimately empty assertions about the state of Black Americans and our communities. “What the hell do you have to lose?" he screamed in front of a predominantly White crowd in a small, predominantly White suburb of Lansing, Michigan. After Trump was inaugurated, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) found it prudent to answer his question. In March, the CBC Executive Committee, led by our Chairman Cedric L....

A Year In Review: 2017 won't be forgotten
1/10/2018 2:20:10 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Love it or hate it, 2017 will be a year not soon forgotten. Barack Obama, a constitutional law professor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and the nation’s first Black president, graciously handed the keys to the White House to a reality TV star who has been accused of sexual assault. Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump began signing dozens of executive orders that threatened to rollback much of the progress that was made during the previous eight years under the Obama Administration. And, it was the Trump Administration that not only slashed...

Spiritually speaking, real Christians have always had targets on their backs
1/10/2018 2:19:51 AM

By James Washington I heard Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas preach a sermon, one night, that really caught my attention. He reminded those in the audience that most of the Bible was written from a jail cell. I think his overall message had something to do with his prison outreach ministry, which I understand to be significant. I was so struck, however, by the reality of God’s Word and direction coming from the deep faith of those imprisoned, that the concept has never left me. What is it about being a believer, a walking, talking believer that somehow...

As the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, the necessity for that diversity to be reflected in business becomes all the more important.
1/10/2018 2:19:15 AM

By Armstrong Williams As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, the necessity for that diversity to be reflected in business becomes all the more important. As one of only three African American owned TV station licensees in the country, I recently wrote the FCC voicing strong support for the advancement of minority ownership and diversity. I saw the pending Tribune-Sinclair merger as presenting a historic opportunity for the FCC and Justice Department to advance minority ownership within the context of the divestiture requirements the government would require for regulatory...

Relocating U.S. embassy to Jerusalem a bad move
1/10/2018 2:18:19 AM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. I wasn’t really surprised by Trump’s willingness to threaten the world for daring to stand up to his aggressive move of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; hearing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley suggest that the U.S. was taking names, made this entire scenario something close to comical. If Palestinian lives were not at stake it would, indeed, be the making of a comedy. What is noteworthy is that the Trump Administration is not even going through the pretense of attempting to lead the world. Instead, their approach...

As the old year fades, so does my memory
1/10/2018 2:17:40 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me it is. Looking back over a year's span of activity, my memory seems to pick and choose what it remembers. After all, I do not have the brain capacity I once had. Often some old-timer will moan about how much he misses the good old days. I am not sure if he is thinking of World War II or the Great Depression. I am positive that during the Great Depression, some wonderful memories were created, but I am not sure anyone wants to return to those thrilling days of yesterday. The bad was not as bad as we remember and...