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Young voters showed up and showed out

December 2, 2020

Voters between 18 and 29 made history in the 2020 election. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, or CIRCLE (, at least 52 percent of them, and perhaps as many as 55 percent voted. That turnout is at least ten percentage points higher than in 2016, and the […]

A coalition of Black medical professionals work to ensure COVID-19 vaccine is safe and equitably distributed

November 27, 2020

“Because of the racial inequities we have built into our essential systems, they have become combustion engines of misery. The virus flows freely in high-risk areas like holding cells, police encounters, low-wage workplaces, and public transit. The pistons of residential segregation, generational poverty, and targeted disinvestment along racial lines apply pressure … We can only […]

Offering the Biden-Harris administration an agenda for racial and economic justice

November 20, 2020

“Now is when the real work begins. The hard work. The necessary work. The good work. The essential work to save lives and beat this pandemic. To rebuild our economy so it works for working people. To root out systemic racism in our justice system and society. To combat the climate crisis. To unite our […]

What NC Dems did wrong, the GOP did right in election 2020

November 12, 2020

If the final numbers hold up after they’re counted and certified on Friday, Pres. Donald Trump should still enjoy a slim but sturdy election victory in North Carolina over now projected President-elect Joe Biden, no doubt due to the numerous campaign visits Trump made to the Tar Heel state as late as the night before […]

The squeaky wheel

November 5, 2020

An old axiom states that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” In other words, no one knows, cares, or does anything about your pain or discomfort unless you are courageous enough to identify it. Weekly, I’m privileged to share my discomfort and the added benefit of sharing how I propose to deal with certain challenges. […]

Let there be light against hate

October 29, 2020

We have an opportunity on November 9 to come together with people throughout the planet and to take a stand against all forms of bias, bigotry, racism and antisemitism. Throughout the world, in commemoration of the anniversary of the terrible anti-Jewish riot known as Kristallnacht, lights will be kept on in houses of worship, institutions […]

Black girl magic and the 2020 election

October 23, 2020

For the sixth year in a row, Essence Magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have surveyed Black women about the issues that concern them most. Melanie Campbell, convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable and President and CEO of the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation, summarizes the top concerns: “survival, safety and stability.” Black women […]

Monsters are scary. So are brilliant Black women

October 15, 2020

I was frightened of monsters when I was a child. Not so sure why, but my brother, who loved to plague me, used to tell me they were lurking under my bed. I shook, and I shivered, and I cried for fear that one of those dreaded monsters would rise from under the bed to […]

The perfect storm for disaster: COVID-19, winter, and economic slowdown

October 8, 2020

On October 2, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued the last unemployment report we will see until after the election. Based on this report, Congress and the Senate must pass the HEROES Act that would give individuals, cities, and states much-needed relief from the corona recession, which continues. Some would say we don’t need those […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Role model for all little girls and women

October 2, 2020

“I attended law school in days when women were not wanted by most members of the legal profession …Yes, there are miles in front, but what a distance we have traveled from the day President Thomas Jefferson told his Secretary of State: ‘The appointment of women to [public] office is an innovation for which the […]

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