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The important word in ‘democratic socialism’ is ‘democratic’

February 24, 2020

After the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race.

In South Carolina, the next primary, former Vice President Joe Biden is the favorite, buoyed by his support among African American voters. But Sanders will come into the state with real momentum, having won the popular vote in each of the first three contests.


Kerner Report set standard for what a serious presidential candidate should champion

February 17, 2020

As the Democratic presidential primaries move onto Nevada, South Carolina and the many Super Tuesday states, candidates turn their attention to people of color, and particularly African Americans.

Many candidates find their rhetoric contradicted by their record; their promises conflicting with their performances.

Donald Trump now seeks to woo black voters by taking credit for the economy, by touting the first steps in reducing mass incarceration, and by hyping so-called “opportunity zones.”


Let’s not censor Dr. King’s life even as we glorify him

January 27, 2020

As another year passes with celebrations marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, I worry about the dangers of neutering Dr. King’s life, turning him into a “dreamer” who became a martyr.

We shouldn’t forget that Dr. King was a leader, a man of conscience and of action. He sought to transform America and that forced him to be a disrupter — and to bear the wounds of being unpopular in a just cause.

New hope for Pembroke Township

January 13, 2020

Across America, there are pockets of poverty, communities that have been left behind or deprived of the basics needed to develop, like Pembroke Township, a small community south of Chicago along the Indiana border. In this community, one-third of the families live below the poverty line. It is one of the poorest communities in the country, with a median income that is among the lowest.



January 11, 2020

Rutherford Simmons, 12, (right) is speaking at Saint Sabina’s Dr. King celebration Sunday, January 12th, at the 11:15 a.m. worship service.
He will be reciting Dr. King’s “A Letter From the Birmingham Jail.” His twin brother, Nelson (at the mike) will be there to meet Sarah Collins Rudolph,
the keynote speaker who survived the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Her sister, Addie Mae Collins, died along with three other girls.