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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 […]

Win the vote

December 5, 2015

Democrats looking toward a spirited 2016 presidential campaign should feel upbeat about statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, council of state and perhaps the U.S. Senate. But the real seat of power in North Carolina is the Republican-dominated General Assembly. With veto-proof majorities in both chambers, Republicans in the legislature can walk over pretty much […]

The ugly truths America must face

November 30, 2015

On November 14, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced the university will rename two buildings on campus named for two 19th century Georgetown University presidents: Thomas F. Mulledy, who in 1838 arranged the sale of 272 slaves from Jesuit owned Maryland plantations and used the profit to pay Georgetown’s construction debts, and William McSherry, […]

We are all immigrants

November 20, 2015

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and 29 mostly Republican state governors are opposing efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States. This is an obvious pandering to the fear mongering that exists in the current context of immigration discussions. Does the governor not know that refugees from Syria have been in line to come […]

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