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  • Op-Ed
    Greater Justice is Coming: Taking on Abusive and Deadly Policing with New DOJ Leadership
    May 11, 2021 12:48 pm | By 75043

    Greater Justice is Coming: Taking on Abusive and Deadly Policing with New DOJ Leadership

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Thanks to the voters who elected President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, we now have a Department of Justice that actually cares about justice. And I am not just talking…

  • Op-Ed
    Chauvin Is Guilty. Our Work Is Cut Out for Us.
    May 5, 2021 1:00 pm | By 75043

    Chauvin Is Guilty. Our Work Is Cut Out for Us.

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Just a few days have passed since Derek Chauvin’s conviction in the murder of George Floyd. But the images from that moment are seared in our memories forever: the murderer, led away in…

  • Op-Ed
    THE HILL: For true law enforcement accountability, change must come from the bottom up
    April 25, 2021 3:16 pm | By 75043

    THE HILL: For true law enforcement accountability, change must come from the bottom up

    This op-ed by People For the American Way President Ben Jealous was published in The Hill on April 25, 2021. Hearing the words “Guilty.… Guilty…. Guilty” in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial brought millions of Americans a feeling of relief. But…

  • Op-Ed
    NEWSONE: After The Derek Chauvin Verdict, We Can Push Local Governments To Change Policing
    April 24, 2021 3:03 pm | By 78426

    NEWSONE: After The Derek Chauvin Verdict, We Can Push Local Governments To Change Policing

    This op-ed by noted civil rights leader, historian, and People For the American Way Board Member Mary Frances Berry was published in Newsone on April 24, 2021. Moments after Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts in the murder of…

  • Op-Ed
    We Urgently Need Kristen Clarke at the Justice Department
    April 22, 2021 3:58 pm | By 75043

    We Urgently Need Kristen Clarke at the Justice Department

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Kristen Clarke is a brilliant lawyer and Americans would be lucky to have her working for us. President Joe Biden has nominated Clarke to lead the Civil Rights Division at the U.S.…

  • Op-Ed
    Biden Offers Diverse Judicial Nominees
    April 15, 2021 1:57 pm | By 75043

    Biden Offers Diverse Judicial Nominees

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. People who care about equal justice under the law should be very happy about President Biden’s first set of judicial nominees. I am especially excited about the three outstanding Black women that President…

  • Op-Ed
    THE HILL: As the Chauvin Trial Continues, the US Must Reinvent Public Safety
    April 12, 2021 3:23 pm | By 75043

    THE HILL: As the Chauvin Trial Continues, the US Must Reinvent Public Safety

    This op-ed by People For the American Way President Ben Jealous was published in The Hill on April 12, 2021. On the third day of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial for the killing of George Floyd, the city council of…

  • Op-Ed
    Justice is on Trial in the George Floyd Murder Case
    April 8, 2021 5:33 pm | By 75043

    Justice is on Trial in the George Floyd Murder Case

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has begun, 10 months after George Floyd died in the street with Chauvin’s knee on his neck. Americans, especially Black Americans, are watching…

  • Op-Ed
    Speaking Out for Women of Color Nominees
    April 5, 2021 5:54 pm | By 78426

    Speaking Out for Women of Color Nominees

    The op-ed below originally appeared in OtherWords and various other publications. Women know that our progress is often characterized by two steps forward, one step back. For women of color, the obstacles are even greater. And so, as the Biden-Harris…

  • Op-Ed
    Why the Aptly Named For the People Act Deserves Senate Support
    March 31, 2021 4:25 pm | By 72328

    Why the Aptly Named For the People Act Deserves Senate Support

    In an op-ed for the right-leaning Washington Times, People For President Ben Jealous makes a strong argument about S. 1/the For the People Act that the paper’s regular readers might not often hear. The Act, he writes, is all about…

  • Op-Ed
    Racism And Its Deadly Cousins
    March 31, 2021 10:18 am | By 75043

    Racism And Its Deadly Cousins

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. What does it say about our country when we don’t have time to absorb the impact of one mass shooting before news of the next one comes across our phones and TV…

  • Op-Ed
    Biden and Senate Must Promptly Fill Vacancies on Key Appellate Courts
    March 25, 2021 7:16 am | By 28186

    Biden and Senate Must Promptly Fill Vacancies on Key Appellate Courts

    Although former President Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate did tremendous damage to people’s rights by appointing 54 judges to the powerful federal courts of appeals, one step below the Supreme Court, President Biden and the Senate now have an important…

  • Op-Ed
    Black Farmers And COVID Relief
    March 23, 2021 9:35 am | By 75043

    Black Farmers And COVID Relief

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. If you ever begin to doubt that elections matter, think about Black farmers. The new COVID relief law takes significant steps to address decades of shameful discrimination against Black farmers by the…

  • Op-Ed
    Right Wing Watch: The Week’s Weirdest Moments on the Extreme Right
    March 12, 2021 10:08 am | By 63584

    Right Wing Watch: The Week’s Weirdest Moments on the Extreme Right

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire.  Mind-controlling mosquitos, gaslighting the Capitol insurrection, “Incitement to Ruin”   Scratching the Itch  Right-wing personality Mark Taylor, who likes to be known as “the firefighter prophet,” has some novel theories about the COVID-19…

  • Op-Ed
    Women’s History Month Is the Right Time to Raise the Minimum Wage
    March 12, 2021 9:55 am | By 75043

    Women’s History Month Is the Right Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. It is time for a maximum push for a new minimum wage. The federal minimum wage has not budged for more than a decade. But the cost of living keeps rising. So,…

  • Op-Ed
    Virginia Lawmakers Have a “Moral Responsibility” to Support the For the People Act
    February 24, 2021 1:11 pm | By 62609

    Virginia Lawmakers Have a “Moral Responsibility” to Support the For the People Act

    In a Feb. 22 op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, People For President Ben Jealous and Rev. Gregory King outline why Virginia lawmakers should support the For the People Act, a democracy reform package that would restore the full protections…

  • Op-Ed
    Congress Must Pass the For the People Act
    February 24, 2021 1:03 pm | By 75043

    Congress Must Pass the For the People Act

    This op-ed was distributed by OtherWords. More than 230 years ago, the founders of the United States enshrined their vision for our democracy in the preamble to the Constitution. Its opening line begins with a powerful aspiration and mandate for…

  • Op-Ed
    Anna Eskamani: Florida Lawmakers Must Support the For the People Act
    February 24, 2021 11:11 am | By 62609

    Anna Eskamani: Florida Lawmakers Must Support the For the People Act

    In a Feb. 16 op-ed published in Florida Politics, Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani discusses the For the People Act and explains why democracy reform is good for Floridians. Eskamani pointed to Amendment 4, which was subsequently gutted by Republican state…

  • Op-Ed
    A Once-in-a-Generation Chance to Strengthen Democracy
    February 22, 2021 10:52 am | By 75043

    A Once-in-a-Generation Chance to Strengthen Democracy

    This op-ed was originally published in Medium. Physics holds that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Something similar might be said of politics — although reactions to political change can come with a fury and intensity…

  • Op-Ed
    How Democracy Reform Protects Black Political Power
    February 19, 2021 12:02 pm | By 75043

    How Democracy Reform Protects Black Political Power

    This op-ed was distributed by the Trice Edney Newswire. The 2020 elections taught us that our democracy is both strong and fragile. This is the time to shore it up with the For the People Act that is now waiting…