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  • Op-Ed
    How We Can Influence the Courts that Influence Our Lives
    November 23, 2022 10:52 am | By 75043

    How We Can Influence the Courts that Influence Our Lives

    As I write this, the final few races are being called in the midterm elections that were held weeks ago. It’s clear that that the House will be closely divided, with Republicans holding a very small majority. History shows that…

  • Op-Ed
    Seven Top Takeaways from this Year’s Midterms
    November 10, 2022 5:46 pm | By 75043

    Seven Top Takeaways from this Year’s Midterms

    As the dust settles on the midterm elections and the warnings of a “Red Wave” evaporate, it’s time to take a deep breath and take stock of what we’ve learned. There are many takeaways from the elections this year –…

  • Op-Ed
    3 Reasons Why Every Election is the Most Important Election 
    November 4, 2022 1:11 pm | By 52560

    3 Reasons Why Every Election is the Most Important Election 

    This coming election is the most important of our lives — just like the last one and the one before that. We say it a lot, and it’s always true, especially now when we’re dangerously close to losing our democracy…

  • Op-Ed
    Tell the Supreme Court: We Still Need Affirmative Action
    November 3, 2022 11:27 am | By 75043

    Tell the Supreme Court: We Still Need Affirmative Action

    One of the great joys of my life is teaching. I’m fortunate to teach classes on social justice at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the most respected schools in the country. Penn has a longstanding commitment to affirmative action,…

  • Op-Ed
    Why the Far Right Tries So Hard to Disenfranchise Black Voters 
    October 26, 2022 10:29 am | By 52560

    Why the Far Right Tries So Hard to Disenfranchise Black Voters 

    Of all the awful acts perpetrated by the Far Right, attempting to prevent certain groups from voting might be the most insidious. Voting is power, and voter suppression is a blatant effort to remove that power from people who would…

  • Op-Ed
    Georgia Is Ground Zero for Democracy
    October 20, 2022 10:41 am | By 75043

    Georgia Is Ground Zero for Democracy

    Like so many of us right now, I’ve got Georgia on my mind. As I write this, I’ve just gotten back from meeting with Black ministers who are working nonstop to get out the vote across the state. And with…

  • Op-Ed
    Modeling the Spirit of Democracy
    October 14, 2022 3:09 pm | By 75043

    Modeling the Spirit of Democracy

    Some things are unthinkable—until they happen. For Jamie Raskin, a congressman and father, the first unthinkable thing was the loss of his beloved son Tommy to suicide on New Year’s Eve 2020. As a father myself, my heart breaks when…

  • Op-Ed
    4 Lessons the Far Right Has Failed to Learn from Decades of Popular Culture 
    October 7, 2022 3:33 pm | By 52560

    4 Lessons the Far Right Has Failed to Learn from Decades of Popular Culture 

    From Star Trek addressing racism in 1967, to Twitter exposing the outrage of a Black "Little Mermaid” in 2022, science fiction, fantasy, and popular culture have always held a mirror up to society’s attitudes—for better or for worse. Some people…

  • Op-Ed
    Let’s Unite to Defend the Black Vote
    October 7, 2022 8:00 am | By 75043

    Let’s Unite to Defend the Black Vote

    Right before our last national elections in 2020, thousands of Black voters in Detroit got a call from someone posing as a woman named “Tamika Taylor.” She warned them that if they voted, the government would collect their personal information…

  • Op-Ed
    Black Women Holding Trump Accountable
    September 29, 2022 12:54 pm | By 75043

    Black Women Holding Trump Accountable

    Former President Donald Trump has spent a lifetime getting away with things. Rich and willing to use an army of lawyers to defend his abuses and bully people he has wronged into submission, Trump is a prime example of the…

  • Op-Ed
    Sheriff Villanueva is a danger to the people he is sworn to serve
    September 29, 2022 9:51 am | By 75043

    Sheriff Villanueva is a danger to the people he is sworn to serve

    This article was originally published at Los Angeles Daily News. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has long been a danger to the people that he is sworn to serve. As the Los Angeles Times editorial board has noted, the…

  • Op-Ed
    The Cruelty of Exploiting Vulnerable People for Political Advantage
    September 22, 2022 3:54 pm | By 75043

    The Cruelty of Exploiting Vulnerable People for Political Advantage

    There is always a new low for Trump Republicans. And that is pretty frightening. Take the latest exercise in lawlessness, dishonesty, and cruelty from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He chartered a plane to send dozens of mostly Venezuelan asylum seekers…

  • Op-Ed
    Banned Books Week: Book Bans Are an Attack on the Freedom to Read, Teach and Learn
    September 16, 2022 2:51 pm | By 75043

    Banned Books Week: Book Bans Are an Attack on the Freedom to Read, Teach and Learn

    Truth is a threat to authoritarianism. Reading is a path to truth. That’s why the freedom to read is essential to the freedom to learn. And that’s why the freedom to learn is often attacked by those who abuse power…

  • Op-Ed
    Accountability: An Insurrectionist Removed from Office
    September 8, 2022 4:29 pm | By 75043

    Accountability: An Insurrectionist Removed from Office

    A New Mexico judge has done the country a big favor. Judge Francis Mathew upheld a little-known provision of the U.S. Constitution and removed a public official for participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. I hope other judges have…

  • Op-Ed
    September 1, 2022 4:09 pm | By 75043

    Student Debt Relief Means Freedom for Millions

    Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” I love that sentiment. I also know that when student loan debt is tying you down, changing the world can feel out of…

  • Op-Ed
    August 25, 2022 1:48 pm | By 75043

    Back to School, Back to Fighting Far-Right Attacks on Education

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Just when you thought far-right attacks on public education couldn’t get any more absurd, we hear about something new. For the first time in almost 15 years, Sarasota schools this fall are…

  • Op-Ed
    August 18, 2022 1:42 pm | By 75043

    Redistricting Is Voter Suppression, Too

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. When Charles Diggs, Jr., won election to Congress in Michigan’s 13th District in 1954, he launched nearly seven decades in which the city of Detroit had at least one Black member of…

  • Op-Ed
    August 10, 2022 1:30 pm | By 75043

    DC Delivers Some Good News – Yes, Really

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. We could all use some good news out of Washington. I’ve got some. The Senate’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act this month is good news for families, the economy, the planet,…

  • Op-Ed
    August 8, 2022 1:33 pm | By 75043

    Kansas voters turned out to save abortion rights. That’s a good sign for the rest of America.

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Red flags are flying for democracy and democratic values. We need to pay attention to the threats — and also to signs that we can work together to preserve our freedoms. This…

  • Op-Ed
    August 3, 2022 1:26 pm | By 75043

    The Power of the Truth

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. The truth has power.  That is why an army of politicians, lawyers, political schemers, media personalities, and admirers of former President Donald Trump have tried so hard to keep Americans from learning the…