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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 07.27.2015 | 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 07.13.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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.

A Progressive Agenda Must Be Strategically Pushed

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

There is too much on the line for us to get caught up with minor differences. From racial disparity to income inequality, immigration reform, marriage equality, fair housing, job growth, pay equity, improved schools and much more, the challenges we face are real, and our commitment must be steadfast.

Could Dr. Ben Carson Be Too Liberal for Some Conservatives?

John A. Tures | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Explaining why Dr. Carson was disinvited from speaking at the Southern Baptist Convention last month, Baylor University History Professor Thomas S. Kidd writes "Carson has also made statements about Muslims, Jews and Christians all being "God's children," perhaps implying that there are multiple paths to God."

The Loretta Lynch Saga: The True Meaning & Dog Whistles

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Lynch's confirmation delay is nothing more than bells, whistles and red meat for the right-wing. It's yet another message that Blacks, women and quote "others" are expendable, and the least priority at best; they are in fact targeted by this crowd.

Will the South Teach the North About Police Reform?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We are a long way from justice and this case will have to work its way through the prosecutor, jury selection and trial, but just the contrast of this tragic incident and that of Garner's death and others is remarkable.

'It's Not Over': Families Of Slain Black Men Give Powerful Panel On Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Black Voices

Relatives of five slain black men spoke out against police brutality at a National Action Network panel this week. The names of their lost sons, husba...

The Comparisons Between Ferguson And Selma Are Too Similar To Ignore

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices

They only lasted minutes, but the images of the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, on television permanently seared the inhumanity o...

Christopher Mathias

Eric Garner Memorial Burns Down On MLK Day | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A makeshift Staten Island memorial for Eric Garner -- the 43-year-old black man who died this summer after being put into a fatal chokehol...

Why Rants on Sharpton, NAN and the #JusticeForAll March Are Immature, Insensitive and Irresponsible

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

I honor the enthusiasm, the tenacity, vigilance of all who have marched, took rubber bulletts, made financial sacrifices, and found strength to go on anyhow. But as you assess where you are, and you find that this work is in your purpose, grab hold to your lane and stay in it with consistency and persistency.

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

Sharpton: Activists In Ferguson Are Ready

AP | Tom Hayes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Activists from across the country are gearing up for the highly anticipated announcement of a grand jury's decision over whether a wh...

National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 11.09.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?

The Plight of Eric Garner and Undocumented Immigrants Highlight the Impact of Street-Level Bureaucrats

Marcus Bright | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Marcus Bright

Street-level bureaucrats are those "lower level" officials that deliver public policy with every encounter that they make. They greatly shape how a policy is carried out in what they do or don't do.