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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A tireless champion for economic justice
By Charlene Crowell
January 20, 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The only Black American to be honored with a national holiday, many recalled his historic civil rights achievements. But Dr. King also stood as a tireless champion for economic justice. His last public speech, delivered a day before his 1968 assassination, was before a Memphis audience in support of a […]


Warrior lawyers like Lani Guinier
By Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
January 14, 2022

The amazing attorney, law professor, lawyer, author, and activist made her transition on January 7, 2022, even as Black folks and our allies were engaged in the legislative battle to solidify our voting rights. In the middle of the struggle, a beacon, a woman who loved voting rights and fair representation more than life itself, […]


Here’s how young people can save America
By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
January 7, 2022

A new year is a time for reflection on the past and hope for the future. My new year’s wish this year is that across the country, every high school gives each graduate a diploma and a voter registration card, and every center of education and training — whether community college or four-year university, technical […]


Meeting the Archbishop
By Afrique I. Kilimanjaro
December 30, 2021

The following commentary was originally published on Nov. 10, 2005 Tuesday evening, I received a call from avid Peacemaker supporter Joyce Johnson with Beloved Community Center and Faith Community Church of Greensboro. She told me, “We’re having a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Wednesday morning—the day before his speech for Guilford College’s Speaker series […]


Caring for children this holiday season
By Marian Wright Edelman
December 24, 2021

During this holy season, as those of us who are Christians celebrate the birth of a poor, homeless child, let’s commit to standing up and caring for the millions of poor, homeless, hungry children living in our wealthy nation today. The poor baby in a manger often gets lost like so many poor babies all […]


U.S. democracy at “Critical Risk” without filibuster reform
By Marc Morial, Esq.
December 17, 2021

“If Congress fails to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, American democracy will be at critical risk … Defenders of democracy in America still have a slim window of opportunity to act. But time is ticking away, and midnight is approaching. To lose our democracy but preserve the filibuster in its current form — in […]


Black history gifts are very important for Black children
By A. Peter Bailey
December 10, 2021

During this gift-giving season, it’s very important that serious Black parents provide their children with at least one gift that either introduces them to or broadens their knowledge of Black History. There is a reason why White supremacists in this country voraciously oppose the teaching of our history in schools. They are well aware that […]


How many pastors can we have?
By By Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
December 2, 2021

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton were doing the right thing when attending the Ahmaud Arbery trial. They demonstrated the solidarity that the Black community has with each other when one of us appears to be lynched. Lynching has reverberations. Each of us, every Black person, is repulsed and dismayed when we learn that […]


Giving Thanks
By Ben Jealous
November 25, 2021

“In everything give thanks.” That Bible verse can be hard to put into practice. Just by being alive we can be sure of having moments of sadness as well as happiness. When you’re active in politics, you experience both wins and losses. Sometimes it can be hard to feel grateful. That might be true for […]


School curriculums and the new politics of fear
By David W. Marshall
November 19, 2021

There are two undisputable facts. First, most people really have little understanding of the true meaning of critical race theory (CRT). Second, there is little evidence that critical race theory is taught in K-12 classes. The means by which students learn about the past represents the latest rallying cry among political conservatives. For that reason, […]


Democrats’ Virginia Defeat lesson: Give Voters Something to Vote For
By Ben Jealous
November 12, 2021

Election Day in Virginia was a major defeat for the Democratic Party. It could signal a much bigger disaster in 2022 if Democratic officials do not learn the right lessons and do not deliver on the promises they have made to voters. Every election is complicated. There is no single explanation for Republican Glenn Youngkin’s […]


A chance to close the gulf, tax the rich
By Marian Wright Edelman
November 5, 2021

For many American families the COVID-19 pandemic brought significant new challenges, and more than half of all households with children have lost income since the pandemic began. But a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness—a campaign of more than 420 endorsing organizations, including the Children’s Defense Fund, united in support of a fair tax […]


A new chance for child care
By Marian Wright Edelman
October 28, 2021

As Congress debates over critical early childhood investments, I am reminded of 1971 when earlier efforts to enact a comprehensive child care system were toppled by regressive politics and am determined not to allow our nation to repeat the mistakes of the past. Fifty years ago a national moral commitment to children and families almost […]


A Politician’s Shameless Bigotry
By Ben Jealous
October 22, 2021

There’s an old saying about bullies: they can dish it out, but they can’t take it. Witness North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson. He abuses his position of authority to insult and demean people. But when he gets criticized for making harmful comments, he whines that he’s the real victim. People For the American Way’s […]


Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and Build Back Better: Remedies for decades of neglect
By Marc Morial, Esq.
October 15, 2021

“These bills are about competitiveness versus complacency. They’re about opportunity versus decay. They’re about leading the world or continuing to let the world pass us by, which is literally happening. To support these investments is to create a rising America, America that’s moving. And to oppose these investments is to be complicit in America’s decline. […]


Congress: Don’t play political football with children’s future
By Marian Wright Edelman
October 8, 2021

As Congress continues to negotiate and finalize a budget reconciliation package, we must ensure the needs of children are not sacrificed to protect rich individuals and corporations. Congress has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put America’s most vulnerable children and families first, advance racial equity, and make a down payment on ending child poverty. Last week […]


“Where does it hurt?” Listening to heal our children
By Marian Wright Edelman
October 1, 2021

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Children’s Defense Fund’s interfaith National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths. We are grateful to the hundreds of congregations across the country that join us in this celebration, recognizing that the shared values of justice, compassion, and care for the most vulnerable are at the heart of every faith […]


Thank You, Black Women
By Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
September 24, 2021

When California governor Gavin Newsom woke up on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, I hope he fell to his knees and said, “Thank you, God, thank you, Black women.” To be sure, there are many others to thank, from the energized Chicanx/Latinx community to the Democrats who surged to the polls at the last minute. Some […]


Lift Every Voice
By Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman & Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland
September 17, 2021

Some have said the seeds of democracy were planted in the first book of the Bible, specifically with the announcement that humans are made in the Image of God. Indeed, God announced to the heavenly host on the 6th day after five previous days of extravagant creation, “’Let us make humankind in our image, . […]


A Red Flag on the West Coast
By Ben Jealous
September 10, 2021

In just a few days, California will wrap up its recall election targeting Governor Gavin Newsom, a scheme orchestrated by a Far Right still seething over the Big Lie. At fi rst glance that may seem like a problem that only affects California. But it’s not, and the red flag being raised in the West […]


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