Wednesday, March 3, 2021

LESSONS FROM TEXAS

By Julianne Malveaux Texas was freezing, and Senator Ted Cruz was looking forward to sizzling his way to a Cancun vacation. People didn't have drinking water and were advised to boil anything that came out of their faucets. That’s easy enough to do when you have no power. Some resorted to...
By Vernon Williams It is probably one of the last things anyone wants to hear but you can’t ignore the elephant in the room. The dread of a race war in America is no longer a harrowing threat. It’s here. It was never realistic to conceive that it would happen in...
By Julianne Malveaux Now that the impeachment trial of the 45th President is over, perhaps our legislators can turn their attention to working people, or more accurately, those who used to work and are not now working. There were 18 million more unemployment insurance claims now than a year ago,...
If we want to build economic stability in communities that have been devastated by the deadly COVID pandemic and its destructive economic wake, we must first shore up protections against practices that strip the meager wealth of those very communities. That’s why I call on Governor Pritzker to swiftly...
By Vernon A. Williams The former occupant of the Oval Office better not be too quick to take victory laps just because those in his party who fear him more than God let him off the hook again. His reckoning may soon come from a number of other legal sources...

THE HEROES WITHIN US

By Oscar H. Blayton Each February in schools across the nation, pictures of well-known Black historical figures are mounted on bulletin boards in commemoration of Black History Month. These figures are presented to young American minds as Black heroes to be noted during the shortest month of the year, and then...

WHAT IF WOMEN DIDN’T TALK?

By Julianne Malveaux Patriarchy baffles me as much as white supremacy does. How do the men, birthed by women, consider us inferior? When we raise our voices, we are irrational or hysterical. When we are emphatic, we are hostile. According to former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, we talk too...
Moving Marginalized Communities Toward America’s Bounty By Charlene Crowell On January 26, President Joe Biden took steps to bring the nation toward the long-promised, but never realized, pledge of racial justice. Four executive orders signed that day make clear that the new Administration will take meaningful and corrective actions. The Department of...
Op-Ed As faith and community leaders, we were so grateful to see legislators come together a few weeks ago and take serious steps to improve health equity across the state. As faith-based leaders and community organizers, we applaud the unanimous decision of our state legislators to officially start the process...
By Delta Jones-Walker As Charles Dickens so eloquently wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” As we continue to grapple with the seemingly endless pandemic, searching for the silver linings can prove beneficial. Take mortgage rates for example -- they’re pacing for a record...