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Become the Change You Want; Correcting Police With a Discipline Movement

Posted 08/11/2014

If we do not prosecute and discipline officers who break the law and who abuse their positions, then what sort of message does that send to the others? What kind of police culture does that create?

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Police Behavior, James Brown, and the Struggle Continues

Posted 08/4/2014

Whether it’s James Brown or Eric Garner, police shouldn’t be trained or allowed to go above the law in the name of enforcing the law.

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The 2014 Midterms Just Might Be More Important Than the 2016 Presidential Election

Posted 07/28/2014

The historic participation of blacks and other minorities helped elect the first black president of the United States. But while we greatly exercised our right to vote in 2008, many failed to do the same two years later during the 2010 midterms. What we got were a slew of politicians who are more concerned with their own self-aggrandizement than with serving people.

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From Coast-To-Coast, Police Abuse Must End

Posted 07/21/2014

After watching continuous acts of police abuse and brutality from coast-to-coast, perhaps the real question is, have we reached a point where federal authorities need to step in?

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Border Crisis: A Defining Moment of Who We Are as a Nation

Posted 07/14/2014

The next time you hear about migrant children near the border, just picture them as your own. Then think what you would want our government to do.

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Leave Your Rights at the Door

Posted 06/30/2014

Just when we thought the rights of women, workers and minorities faced enough setbacks, it appears the nation’s highest court has done it once again. The Supreme Court’s majority has very clearly shown where its interests are — and they are not with the people.

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Justice for the Central Park Five

Posted 06/23/2014

As we welcome a settlement for the Central Park Five, we must address the issues that landed them in jail without sufficient evidence: police and prosecutorial misconduct, coerced confessions and media messaging that often depicts minorities as thugs or troublemakers.

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Why 2014 Should Be Another Freedom Summer

Posted 06/16/2014

After so many marched, organized, petitioned, registered voters, and risked their lives and livelihoods — and some even died — how do we as a country allow their victories to be stripped away before our very eyes? If there was ever a time to have a renewed Freedom Summer, that time is now, in 2014.

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Donald Sterling Debacle: Shake Down or Shake Up?

Posted 06/9/2014

Basketball is more than just a game; it is representative of what goes on in our nation on a larger scale. In so many areas we see businesses and corporations making tremendous profits from black buying power — which is projected to reach $1.1 trillion in 2015. But how often do we see those same entities recruiting, hiring, and promoting from this same constituency?

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I Am My Brother’s Keeper

Posted 06/2/2014

Today, as the father of two young women, I can tell you firsthand that while I continue to push for a society that doesn’t disenfranchise them, I cannot ignore the reality that our young black men are facing unique and jarring challenges.

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