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National Need To Look In The Mirror

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

It is possible to grieve for police brutality victims and grieve for officers. And yes, it is possible to hold law enforcement accountable, while praising the good work that many of them do day in and day out.

From Shirley Chisholm To Hillary Clinton

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We must recognize the work and sacrifice of those that came before Hillary Clinton. My mind instinctively goes back to 1972, when Shirley Chisholm became the first African American to run for President. I witnessed firsthand the sexism, racism and humiliation she endured from all angles.

Don't Be An Accomplice To Terrorism

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

This is precisely what terrorists, extremists and groups like ISIS want -- division. We cannot succumb to such fear and disunity; we must remain vigilant in our will to stop any and all acts of terrorism, and denounce both homophobia and Islamophobia. This is a moment where we are being tested, and we cannot fail by answering hate with more hatred.

Muhammad Ali: The True Definition of Success and Celebrity

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

I was blessed to have been on several continents with him, and whether it was the Caribbean, Africa, the United States or elsewhere, he loved people -- and they loved him. He would be running into crowds, signing autographs, kissing babies, giving hugs and taking pictures.

Trump's Coded Language and Blame Game Should Not Distract Us From Gun Tragedy

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Because much of this daily tragedy is occurring in Black neighborhoods with Black victims, as the Times' study so accurately highlights, there is no national outrage. Instead, we have a candidate running for the highest office in the land who is ok with having more guns everywhere, and who is ok with using coded language about entire groups of people.

FBI Director Comey Is Wrong -- Keep Filming

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

A federal grand jury indicted officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed Walter Scott, on several charges including violating civil rights laws. During that same week, FBI director James Comey came out with more shocking statements claiming videos are somehow stifling police officers from doing their job.

Money, Power, Respect: The Importance of Financial Education

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

The month of April is synonymous with many things -- spring, taxes, April showers -- but what it should perhaps be most associated with is financial empowerment. In 2004, the Senate did precisely that when it officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month.

Clinton & Sanders Want Our Vote -- Let's Hear What They Have to Offer

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Voters in the Democratic primary, as well as those in the Black community and civil rights community in general as represented by NAN, have to choose between two formidable and qualified candidates. But frankly, neither are as good as they claim, or as bad as their opponent casts them as. One need only look at the two individuals' own statements and actions.

48 Years Later, The King Dream Is at Risk

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

It is hard to believe that on this very day 48 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Reviews Are In: Oscars Viewership Was Down

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

This significant decline should send a clear message to the Academy and to movie studio executives that we will not tolerate discriminatory practices whether they impact what we see on screen or what takes place behind the lens.

My First Time Voting

Mary Pat Hector | Posted 02.29.2016 | College
Mary Pat Hector

College students, also known as millennial voters, are a key constituency in any, and every, election. With more than 44 million millennial voters eligible to vote, your vote can make a huge difference when banded with others in your demographic.

A Moment in History I Will Not Forget: a Meeting at the White House

Mary Pat Hector | Posted 02.23.2016 | DC
Mary Pat Hector

For the past seven years, I have visualized a meeting with the president, our president, Barack Obama. I always wanted to ask him questions about criminal justice reform, police brutality and how we can give more opportunities to young people. Then it happened.

Flint Response: Worse Than Katrina?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Democratically elected officials were displaced and replaced with emergency management people who cut a deal and sent contaminated river water that corroded pipelines and exposed residents to toxic levels of lead. Gov. Snyder's administration ignored this problem since 2014, and in terms of direct action, politics and policies, the Flint crisis might just be even worse than Katrina.

Why affirmative action matters in the larger social and racial justice movement: An Asian American perspective

Christopher Kang | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Christopher Kang

On December 9, 2015, while the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, I joined the National Action Netwo...

Democrats Can't Be Trumped On the Power of the Black Church

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.30.2015 | Entertainment
Rev. Al Sharpton

Today, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with 100 leading Black pastors, some who said they may be endorsing him and others who said they just want to hear him out.

Invite A Muslim To Thanksgiving Dinner

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Muslims overwhelmingly have denounced acts of terrorism, and are in fact the greatest victims of terrorism around the world. Just as Christians are not responsible for extremist Christians, the same is so for Muslims.

From Mizzou to LGBT Rights: Justice for All

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

The students at the University of Missouri should be commended and praised by everyone that believes in the notion of progress. They showed the nation and the world that they have the right method -- a method that civil rights groups used for years -- a collective strategy of all, utilizing economic leverage along with a disciplined, focused and determined non-violent movement.

What's Missing From the Debate Stage? Voting Rights and Criminal Justice Reform Specifics

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Modern-day voter suppression isn't confined to Alabama alone. For the past several years, dozens of states have adopted tough new voter ID laws that severely inhibit the poor, people of color, the elderly, those in rural communities and others from voting.

Ben Carson And The Right-Wing Can Learn From The Pope

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

One can only hope the Pope's visit reminds people that the highest level of morality is tolerance and not beating down those with different beliefs or views. One can only hope. Can we now learn to live together even when trying to aspire to whatever office it is that we seek? That is the test of true leadership.

We Are Your Constituents; the Lobbyists Are Not

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.17.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

If you've turned on your television lately, you've likely seen an ad or two blasting the historic Iran nuclear deal. The reality is, millions are being spent in a lobbying effort to destroy an agreement that has been reached after extensive negotiating and diplomacy between world powers and Iran.

A Dentist Killing Cecil The Lion Is Outrageous, But So Is An Officer Killing A Black Man Or Woman

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.03.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

If the death of Cecil the lion leaves you angry and frustrated, it might be time for you to be just as furious over the deaths of unarmed civilians killed and beaten by those hired to protect and serve us. Just a thought.

One Year Of Distrust Based On Unexplainable Encounters

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.27.2016 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

When you observe the litany of cases in just one year alone, the question is, why wouldn't there be a distrust in the Black community?

Confederate Flag, Eric Garner Anniversary and The Harper Lee Factor

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.13.2016 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

As I went to three of the funerals for the beautiful nine martyrs in Charleston, South Carolina, I addressed the audience and joined our local chapter of National Action Network (NAN) and the NAACP to call for the Confederate flag to come down.

Have You No Shame?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

For the grieving mother or father of an innocent child killed at the hands of an officer "by mistake" or for any other unjustified reason, even hinting that stop-and-frisk reform has led to an increase in crime is to put the nail in the coffin of that child.

To Win Battleground Of Ohio, Republicans Must Address Police Brutality And Reform

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

For the last quarter of a century, NAN and I have advocated on behalf of many victims of racial violence at the hands of police. But in all those years, I've never seen a situation that will force a national election to deal with policing as I do now. Translation: GOP candidates will actually have to deal with policing as an issue.