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On Losing in New Orleans

(12) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 2:13 PM

My partner, James Perry, was a candidate for mayor in New Orleans. His campaign was built on creative criminal justice ideas, environmental commitments, civil rights credentials, racial unity and a progressive vision. It was a campaign of few traditional contacts and no significant financial resources, but it was not...

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New Orleans Deserves the Best

(6) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 4:41 PM

I am in New Orleans and it is a pretty exciting place right now. After more than forty years the New Orleans Saints are finally going to the Super Bowl. This is much more than a football game for this still recovering city; it is a symbol that excellence is...

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Why I'm Proud of James Perry and Why He Needs Your Help

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 12:08 PM

Last week the national media finally turned it's attention to the New Orleans mayoral election. The coverage was predictably disappointing. The city is facing arguably the most important election in its history, and the New York Times decided to report the more sensational, but less substantive...

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Hate Crimes and Justice in the Black Community

(134) Comments | Posted September 25, 2007 | 5:42 PM

Black Christians understand justice. Rooted in a history of struggle against oppression the black
church has historically led the nation in a moral quest for human dignity and freedom.

Unfortunately, some outspoken African-American clergy have rejected the moral vision of black
Christianity by fueling anti-gay...

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Katrina's Second Anniversary

(5) Comments | Posted August 29, 2007 | 5:13 PM

Last night I dreamed about a flood. In the dream, I was standing at the window of my home in New Jersey watching the rain. Suddenly the rain got stronger and began to run in small rivers on my front lawn. I was paralyzed as I watched the rising water...

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