Myths and lies about poverty

2020-09-15T14:24:10+00:00September 14th, 2020|Commentary|

“The poor will always be with us,” say the cynics. No doubt, some will always be wealthier than others. We wouldn’t want to live in a society that forced all to be equal. But poverty isn’t inevitable. The 30 million [...]

Democrats must ace the agenda test

2020-08-25T03:02:20+00:00August 25th, 2020|Commentary|

In last week’s Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris passed the character test. Now as Trump rolls out his virtual convention, they must ace the agenda test. They need to argue the case for the bold agenda that [...]

Americans pay price as Trump fails to lead

2020-08-19T15:44:19+00:00August 10th, 2020|Commentary|

Donald Trump’s ignorance and incompetence have cost American lives in the pandemic. Now his failure of leadership will add to the misery of millions of Americans force onto unemployment, the hunger of children at risk, the homelessness of families facing [...]

Voting is the centerpiece of our democracy

2020-08-19T15:45:46+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Commentary|

August 6 is the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. If the constitutional amendments passed after the Civil War — the 13, 14 and 15th Amendments — were the “second founding” of democracy in America, the Voting Rights Act, [...]

We don’t need Trump’s thugs in Chicago

2020-08-19T15:56:09+00:00July 27th, 2020|Commentary|

“Hitler had his Brown shirts and Mussolini had his Black shirts, now Donald Trump has his camouflage shirts.” Thus began a statement signed by 15 distinguished interdenominational religious leaders in Chicago that I joined, including ministers, priests, and rabbis. Comparisons [...]

John Lewis, a founding father of American democracy

2020-08-19T15:49:21+00:00July 20th, 2020|Commentary|

When John Lewis left us, editorials and columns paid tribute to his leadership, his courage, his moral example. The praise was well deserved. A broader context helps understand his true contribution. John Lewis was born one of 10 children of [...]