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  • Op-Ed
    Prof. Mary Frances Berry in The Philadelphia Inquirer: Honor John Lewis. Pass the For the People Act.
    July 21, 2021 10:00 am | By 51279

    Prof. Mary Frances Berry in The Philadelphia Inquirer: Honor John Lewis. Pass the For the People Act.

    The one-year anniversary of the death of civil rights icon John Lewis prompts a deeper examination of our nation’s voting rights emergency – and the urgent need for federal action to protect voting rights. In an op-ed for The Philadelphia…

  • Op-Ed
    People For President Ben Jealous in The Hill on Lewis Anniversary
    July 20, 2021 10:52 am | By 75043

    People For President Ben Jealous in The Hill on Lewis Anniversary

    One year after the passing of Rep. John Lewis, who spent his life and career fighting for voting rights, a recent raft of voter suppression legislation in the states threatens to undermine Lewis’s legacy. And this newest chapter in the…

  • Op-Ed
    Texas Democrats Are Getting into ‘Good Trouble’
    July 16, 2021 3:10 pm | By 75043

    Texas Democrats Are Getting into ‘Good Trouble’

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. One year after the death of the great civil rights icon John Lewis, a group of Texas Democratic lawmakers is following Lewis’s lifelong call for people to make “good trouble” and “necessary…

  • Op-Ed
    The Insurrection and the Lost Cause
    July 2, 2021 2:58 pm | By 75043

    The Insurrection and the Lost Cause

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. A violent insurrection engulfed the U.S. Capitol just six months ago. One United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died and other Capitol police are still healing. Investigators are still going through video and social media documenting…

  • Op-Ed
    New Hope on Shelby Anniversary
    June 25, 2021 3:19 pm | By 75043

    New Hope on Shelby Anniversary

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority prevailed in a case that undermined one of the crowning achievements of the 1960s civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.…

  • Op-Ed
    Three Urgent Steps to Defend Democracy from Cynics and Skeptics
    June 21, 2021 5:54 pm | By 75043

    Three Urgent Steps to Defend Democracy from Cynics and Skeptics

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. The far-right attack on voting rights is fierce. And the unwillingness of some Senate Democrats to challenge rules that allow a Republican minority to block voting rights bills is making some question…

  • Op-Ed
    THE NATION: The Right’s War on History and Truth
    June 15, 2021 3:04 pm | By 75043

    THE NATION: The Right’s War on History and Truth

    This op-ed by People For the American Way President Ben Jealous was published in The Nation on June 15, 2021. History is contested because the telling of history is powerful. President Joe Biden brought eloquent leadership to a national commemoration…

  • Op-Ed
    Black Churches Have Moral Authority to Defend the Black Vote
    June 14, 2021 12:31 pm | By 75043

    Black Churches Have Moral Authority to Defend the Black Vote

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. During the civil rights movement’s struggle against discrimination and voter suppression in Jim Crow America, the Black Church was a source of refuge and resolve. Today, a new wave of voter suppression…

  • Op-Ed
    Power and Pride to the People!
    June 7, 2021 5:08 pm | By 75043

    Power and Pride to the People!

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Happy Pride month to Black LGBTQ readers and to all of us who love LGBTQ people! June has become the traditional month for Pride celebrations in honor of the gay and transgender people,…

  • Op-Ed
    Don’t Let Senate Republicans Keep Us From Learning the Truth About the Attack on the Capitol
    June 1, 2021 10:47 am | By 75043

    Don’t Let Senate Republicans Keep Us From Learning the Truth About the Attack on the Capitol

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Republicans in the U.S. Senate are a threat to our democracy. Here’s the latest proof: Republicans are using the Senate’s filibuster rules to stop Congress from creating a commission to investigate the deadly…

  • Op-Ed
    It’s Time for a Black Woman on the Supreme Court
    May 25, 2021 3:06 pm | By 75043

    It’s Time for a Black Woman on the Supreme Court

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. I am eager to see a brilliant Black woman serving as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. I hope to celebrate her swearing-in later this year. If you’re thinking, “Did I miss something?”…

  • Op-Ed
    Ted Cruz’s Wildly Dishonest Defense of Voter Suppression
    May 18, 2021 5:23 pm | By 75043

    Ted Cruz’s Wildly Dishonest Defense of Voter Suppression

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Sen. Ted Cruz is a shameless liar. And he isn’t even a very good one. Witness his latest dishonest defense of Georgia’s new voter suppression law. Cruz published a column in the…

  • Op-Ed
    THE ADVOCATE: Act Locally to End Anti-Black, Anti-LGBTQ Police Violence
    May 18, 2021 11:15 am | By 75043

    THE ADVOCATE: Act Locally to End Anti-Black, Anti-LGBTQ Police Violence

    This op-ed by People For the American Way President Ben Jealous and the National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns was published in The Advocate on May 18, 2021. As in far too many police shootings of Black Americans,…

  • 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
    D.C. Statehood Is a Voting Rights Issue… and Racial Justice Issue
    May 1, 2021 3:58 pm | By 75043

    D.C. Statehood Is a Voting Rights Issue… and Racial Justice Issue

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Washington, D.C. has a higher percentage of Black residents than any state in the country, and they have no voting representation in Congress. This is systemic racism in action. It is long…

  • 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…