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Harmful blowback from white supremacy

The time for whites to fantasize about the white supremacy is long gone, and no effort will be able to resurrect it. The more significant issue is the common interests beyond race that affect everyone’s economic status. The privileged who ...

The House tax bill’s a gift to companies that offshore profits and jobs

As the country begins to digest the revelations in the new offshore tax haven leak known as the “Paradise Papers,” it’s important to not lose sight of the fact that the Congressional tax plan is out along with promises that ...

What in your life are you thankful for?

I’m grateful to be alive. The president might be the biggest jerk in the world, but I’m alive. — Ron Simpkins, Retired, Framingham

Strategic voting builds power

If there is to be political cohesion among African Americans in the future, the establishment of standards of commitment to the community must be established. The alternative is everybody just going it alone.

The GOP’s never-ending Judge Moore problem

The GOP does not have a Judge Roy Moore problem. It has a Judge Moores problem. That’s plural for a reason. Moore is hardly an aberration in GOP ranks. In the past two decades the list of GOP governors, congresspersons, ...

It’s time to end off-year elections

After Boston’s sleepy municipal elections produced an anemic 27 percent voter turnout, it’s clear that something needs to change… and it’s the date.

What do you think the city should do about the lack of housing affordability in Boston?

Instead of putting up more condos, they should be building more affordable homes. Everywhere you look they’re putting up more luxury towers.

No compromise on freedom

Gen. John Kelly has to understand that there can be no compromise on the fundamental issue of freedom.

Why so many whites think they are discriminated against

There really isn’t much of a surprise in the recent poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that found that a majority of whites feel they are getting the ...

Next generation MCAS helps ensure students’ success

Parents around the state are receiving MCAS results, and may be wondering ‘What happened to my child’s scores?’ Improvements to state standards and an upgrade of the 20-year old test have led this year’s score reports to look different than ...

MCAS test has done nothing to improve school quality

Results from the new MCAS exam show that more than half of Massachusetts students scored below a new, arbitrary “meeting expectations” level in most grades and subjects. Disproportionately, these will be urban youth of color. Unfortunately, this will create more ...

Why do you think voter turnout is so low in Boston?

People feel disenfranchised. People don’t think their vote makes a difference. I don’t know why. I’m out here every time.

The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A national call for a moral revival

The moral revival signaled the kickoff of a modern civil rights movement and launch of a new Poor People’s Campaign. We were revitalizing what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had started before his assassination.

A losing strategy

America has waged a war on drugs since 1970 that has cost almost $1 trillion. The cost for law enforcement in 2015 was $36 billion. Another estimated $40 billion is spent each year for incarcerating persons convicted of drug related ...

Time to occupy

Muriel Walker lived for 100 years when times in America were tough. Yet she maintained her rugged independence. Rev. Cook reminds us that it is time to occupy, another expression for “get busy,” and increase our assets.

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