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Mother’s Day: Bittersweet for Families in the Justice System

Mother’s Day: Bittersweet for Families in the Justice System

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me—as it is for the thousands of other mothers around the country who have lost sons and daughters to our nation’s merciless criminal justice system. On Sunday, I will gather with my children and grandchildren for a late breakfast. They will give me flowers and, from the littlest, hand-drawn cards. And […]

Opinion: Black Union Soldiers From Miss. Deserve Our Respect

Opinion: Black Union Soldiers From Miss. Deserve Our Respect

In February, during National Black History Month, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a proclamation officially decreeing April 2016 as Confederate Heritage Month. This proclamation was issued very quietly as it had been done under Gov. Barbour, Gov. Musgrove, Gov. Fordice and so on. However, if it is heritage that should be honored by proclamation, then […]

Opinion: L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis Calls for ‘Radical Hospitality’

Opinion: L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis Calls for ‘Radical Hospitality’

A state of emergency signals that a catastrophe, social or natural, has challenged or upended civic order. Under states of emergency, normal state functions are often suspended in response to extraordinary circumstances. The L.A. City Council declared a state of emergency over homelessness in Los Angeles last fall. Though Mayor Eric Garcetti declined to affirm […]

Akai Gurley Case Demands Justice From Asian Americans

Akai Gurley Case Demands Justice From Asian Americans

Communities impacted by oppression should speak for themselves and should be at the center of crafting the demand for justice. This is one of pillars of the environmental justice movement. This particular principle guides us in our solidarity with Black people after the recent sentencing of New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang. Black people […]

Opinion: Education Works When Schools Truly Inform Parents

Opinion: Education Works When Schools Truly Inform Parents

Last spring, the mother of an eighth grader living in a community just outside of Brownsville, Texas, went to the offices of her daughter’s school. A tall, strong and stern looking woman, the mother is a respectful, patient and kind person. After three trips to the office, the mother finally got an appointment with the […]

Editorial: Black Lives Matter Movement and Opportunities Deprived Go Hand In Hand

Editorial: Black Lives Matter Movement and Opportunities Deprived Go Hand In Hand

What does it say about the value of Black lives when too many of those lives are in crumbling schools, drinking poisoned water, finding themselves chronically unemployed, or wasting away in prison? The Black Lives Matter movement may have been born out of police shootings, but what happened on the streets of Ferguson, Baltimore, and […]

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