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Black Clergy Join Forces With Black Caucus on Voting Rights Issues

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.07.2012 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Black clergy from the Conference of National Black Churches ("CNBC") joined forces with the Congressional Black Caucus ("CBC") in Washington, DC for a first ever summit last week to discuss new voting laws, voting registration strategy and empowerment of the black vote.

Empowering the People's Voice: An Interview with Dr. Sylvester Bongani Maphosa

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 08.01.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Dr. Sylvester Maphosa is chief research specialist and head of peace and security at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), located in Pretoria,...

The Death Penalty is the Tip of America's Human Rights Iceberg

David A. Love | Posted 07.16.2012 | Black Voices
David A. Love

There's a buzz about the death penalty in America these days and nearly all of the conversation focuses not on how to maintain the practice, but on abolition. Faced with the high cost, lack of deterrent effect and the inevitability of executing innocent people, some states are taking another look.

It's Not About Gay Sex and Gowns

Jarid Manos | Posted 07.16.2012 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

It's good to see the President of the United States reflect on American social progress and our collective evolving history, engage in critical thinking, and "stand up for something" on the basis of careful thought and social justice principles, even if the political calculus is a high wire.

Will President Obama be Jack Johnson-ed?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 07.14.2012 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

Will President Obama be Jack Johnson-ed? If he becomes a single-term President, will he become the symbol of why blacks can't be trusted with the office? Will it be like some sort of cultural experiment?

DOMA Legislation Is Not Jim Crow

Rebecca Wanzo | Posted 07.11.2012 | Black Voices
Rebecca Wanzo

DOMA is not Jim Crow, but DOMA legislation is one of the principle moral and ethical issues of our time, and this is why it is important to name the specificity of this kind of harm.

Why Nurses are Committed to the Fate of the Affordable Care

Dr. L. Toni Lewis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. L. Toni Lewis

The Affordable Care Act is the law that empowers nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers, who actually deliver care, to better manage care so patients have the best possible outcomes. Nurses will no longer be simply reacting to critical care situations.

Girls of Color, Backpage, and the Online Girl Trade

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Black Voices
Malika Saada Saar

I grew up loving the Village Voice. During the 80's and 90's, it was also one of those rare mainstream publications in which the Black and Brown mind, body, and spirit were routinely celebrated. That is why I am heart-broken to witness how it now survives off the exploitation and enslavement of girls.

Ministers Betray the Black Community by Defending Race-Baiting Group

Alvin McEwen | Posted 06.24.2012 | Black Voices
Alvin McEwen

The National Organization for Marriage has been steadily attempting to blunt the charges that it is trying to drive a wedge between the black and gay communities on the subject of marriage equality.

Four Years Later: Are You In?

Patricia Wilson-Smith | Posted 06.16.2012 | Black Voices
Patricia Wilson-Smith

Are you in? It's the current battle cry of the 2012 version of the Obama Campaign, and though on its surface, it feels like a casual question, it's rife with deeper meaning three-and-a-half years after the historic election of President Barack Obama.

100 Girls a Night

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 05.29.2012 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

When I was in high school, I remember a few girls who were "stripping" for money after school; I'm not quite sure what happened to them. The fact that I don't know speaks to a greater problem that the city of Atlanta has had for a long time: child sex trafficking.

Focusing on Foster Care

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 05.28.2012 | Black Voices
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

Far too often, attention is only given to the failures of the foster care system. As necessary as this may be, only through greater awareness of both the system's failures and accomplishments can we better serve our children in need.

Pushing for Progress, Together

Joyce Johnson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Black Voices
Joyce Johnson

I was inspired to run for Congress in 2010 because I could see the ways in which our communities were being left behind. I knew then that it was within my power, and that of the people, to put our district back on track.

Raise Your Voice For Trayvon

Ben Jealous | Posted 05.26.2012 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

All of last week, I was in Sanford, Florida, pursuing justice for Trayvon Martin. I listened to community concerns about the Sanford Police Department, and stood with Trayvon's parents and 30,000 others in Sanford, a town with only 50,000 residents.

We Are a Nation of Bullies

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2012 | Black Voices
David A. Love

This nation has a love-hate relationship with bullies. In one breath, society condemns bullying. And yet our society thrives on it, encourages it and glorifies it.