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Leading the march toward criminal justice

February 11, 2016

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice. . . . I’ve come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character […]


Thank you 1808

February 5, 2016

A heartfelt thank you to editor, Tina Firesheets; writer, Amanda Lehmert; and photographer extraordinaire, Scott Muthersbaugh for the February cover feature on the Carolina Peacemaker and my family in 1808 magazine. It’s not often a magazine writes a feature on the endeavors of another publication. On behalf of my family and the staff at the […]


The Economics of Water

January 29, 2016

“Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” — The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I can hear the backroom discussion now: “We can save money if we stop taking our drinking water from Lake Huron and start using water from the Flint River instead.” Those may not be the […]


Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

January 22, 2016

Flint, Michigan is impoverished. The auto plants have closed. Forty percent of the city’s 100,000 residents live below the poverty level. It is majority minority. It’s been in fiscal crisis since 2011, with the state taking over budgetary control and a state-appointed “emergency manager” driving policy focused on cutting spending. Flint residents are Americans, but […]


Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk

January 15, 2016

Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school. Among members of the African American middle class, my story isn’t at all uncommon. If you asked […]


What will you sacrifice for justice?

January 8, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” Those students across the country who are protesting campus racism need to keep that quote in mind as they assert their […]


Merry Christmas and Peace Within

December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas to all our readers who celebrate Christmas. And a Seasons Greetings to those that do not. But regardless of your religious or non-religious faith for most of us this is a time of year of joy and hope for peace. It may seem to many like this is not a good year to […]


The cost of expanding Medicaid

December 18, 2015

There is no doubt that Gov. McCrory and the Republican Legislature want to reduce government spending and save money. But consistently doing it on the backs of poor people is a scandal and they ought to be ashamed. The governor and his cohort’s efforts to undermine healthcare for the poor is disgusting. Recently the State […]


Child Watch: The Education Inequality Struggle

December 18, 2015

Editor’s Note: Marian Edelman’s editorial which appears in the Dec. 17 hard copy issue of the Peacemaker has been edited for length. Below is the full version. This has been a hard year for poor children and children of color in a gridlocked and cantankerous Congress. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replacing the No […]


Who put the NRA in charge of our national security?

December 11, 2015

With the echo of gunshots from the San Bernardino massacre ricocheting across the country, and another American community reeling with new broken hearts, it’s time for change. Since 1968 more than 164,000 children have died from gun violence in America—three times more than all the American soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam War and […]


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