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At least eight churches have been set on fire in southern states in the week after the killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Government Response to Church Burnings Must Have “Real Teeth,” Say Clergy

The discussion of entrenched racism in America is intensifying in the wake of the recent killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a young white supremacist, followed by fires [...]
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was appointed as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Baltimore Mayor to Lead U.S. Conference of Mayors

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.   Outgoing president Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appointed her as head of the nonpartisan organization during the 83rd annual four-day [...]
Dontre Hamilton. (Photo: AP Photo/Family photo courtesy of Dameion Perkins)

OP-ED: Police Must Stop Killing Mentally Ill Citizens

By Gwen Moore     The life of a man with schizophrenia, 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton, ended after he was struck by 14 bullets from a Milwaukee police officer’s handgun on April 30, 2014. The lethal [...]
Affordable housing complex in Oakland.

OP-ED: We Must Build Pathways Out of Poverty

By Congresswoman Barbara Lee   An article in the recent Post Newspaper, “Oakland is Losing Its Racial, Age and Economic Diversity,” highlights the growing crisis of income inequality in our communities and our country.
Photo: Mark Hoffman, Journal Sentinel.

OP-ED: How Many More Will We Mourn?

By Cornell William Brooks, President/CEO, NAACP   How many more lives of unarmed Black men and women, tragically and senselessly killed by police, will our nation have to mourn before our country moves to fix [...]
Mumia on December 18, 2014 with (from left) Heidi Boghosian, Keith Cook and Johanna Fernandez.

A Slow Death for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Thousands of Prisoners in America

Published in The Huffington Post   By Heidi Boghosian, New York City Attorney, and Johanna Fernandez, professor of History at Baruch College (CUNY)   What does it mean for hundreds of thousands of prisoners in [...]