Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, women, gays and other marginalized groups have fought long and hard to level the playing field and bring about change. While we have many more challenges ahead of us, we have made tremendous gains.
We’ve observed misinformation and fear mongering against the president’s Affordable Care Act, also referred to as ‘Obamacare’. But guess what, it’s going into effect tomorrow.
After a week which began with 12 killed at a Navy Yard shooting in Washington, and continued with 13 shot at a South Side park in Chicago, we still can’t get Congress to pass legislation on background checks.
Did we need to save the private sector? Absolutely. But we’re nowhere near done saving families who are still suffering from the effects of the financial crisis that they didn’t create.
People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day — both inside and outside of our own communities.
Half a century after Dr. King’s momentous march, we must continue to push for justice and equality; anything less will be a disservice to the memory of this great leader and all those that paved the way 50 years ago.
As a new generation that grew up in the aftermath of the ’60s movement, we’ve worked diligently to make Dr. King’s dream a reality. But when jobs and justice are still key issues plaguing society today, we have no choice but to call on everyone to gather once again.
Parents and grandparents in this city are tired of having to warn their children about both criminals and the police. Do we want to see crime reduced? Absolutely, because they are doing it to us. But don’t criminalize us at the same time.
It’s simply amazing how many on the right who never cared about ‘Black issues,’ or the fact that our youth are facing unequal access to education, jobs, housing and higher rates of incarceration, now suddenly want to act as if they are so concerned about what’s going on with us.
Trayvon Martin went to store to buy Skittles and an iced tea. Trayvon Martin was shot dead by a civilian who had no authority to stop him. Trayvon Martin’s killer wasn’t arrested for weeks until after the horrible incident. Those are facts. And facts cannot be denied no matter how they may be twisted or spun.