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Mary A. Mitchell is an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious …

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Don’t dismiss Cosby’s accusers: Mitchell

It makes little sense that some of us are blaming the victims accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Understandably, it was difficult to reconcile the wholesome, TV super-dad as an alleged sexual predator. But many of us were quick to condemn the entire Catholic …

Mitchell: Byrne moved us all in the right direction

In the end, Chicago did right by former Mayor Jane Byrne, the city’s only female mayor. In August, the exasperating Circle Interchange and the park around the Water Tower in the heart of Chicago’s Mag Mile were renamed in her honor. That’s not bad for someone whose legacy might as well have been buried in a time capsule.

Mitchell: Joliet case illustrates sentencing unfairness

They were dubbed the Hickory Street murderers. Four youths — the oldest not yet 30 — charged with luring Eric Glover, 22, and Terrence Rankins, 22, to their deaths in order to rob them of money to pay for cigarettes, liquor and gas. As if …

White House works to improve the lives of women of color

The White House Council on Women and Girls, chaired by Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, offered up a testament on Wednesday of how well women of color have prospered under President Barack Obama’s administration.

Meeks’ persistence, passion admirable

I have to give it to the Rev. James Meeks. The former state senator is persistent. Meeks, whom Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner appointed to his transition team on Thursday, has a passion for education.

Quinn’s loss can’t be laid on the doorstep of African-American community

I ran into my 92-year-old neighbor on Tuesday and asked her if she had voted. “Yes,” she answered, squinting at me. “I held my nose, but I voted.” Her gesture aptly describes what went wrong for Gov. Pat Quinn in his loss to Republican businessman …

Past sacrifices aren’t the only reason to vote

I still vote the old-fashioned way. I could have voted early, but I like the challenge of getting to the polls on Election Day. When I was raising a family, a child’s unexpected temperature could keep me from getting out the house or I miscalculated …

Church, politics are old companions

Needless to say, I got a lot of grief for suggesting preachers should keep politics out of the pulpit.

Plan to keep Dyett open — for now — isn’t a clear victory: Mitchell

Jitu Brown, of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (“KOCO”), and a coalition of community groups, demonstrated what it takes to move the powers-that-be.

Preachers belong in the pulpit, not in politics

Once upon a time in the African-American community, the preacher was the most respected man in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, when religious leaders brought politics into the pulpit, the level of respect for them dwindled.

Prostitution left to flourish online

We say one thing. We do another. For instance, last time I checked prostitution was illegal everywhere in the United States except parts of Nevada.

Missing women should have been on cops’ radar: Mitchell

It shouldn’t have taken a “confession” for law enforcement in Northwest Indiana to find the link between seven missing women.

Groups raise concerns over Beverly incident

Members of the “Unity in Diversity,” and “South Siders for Peace” — both highly respected organizations in Beverly ­— are raising questions about how the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handled an alleged attack in that neighborhood.

Chants were mean, disgusting outside debate at DuSable: Mitchell

Right outside of the DuSable Museum — in earshot of some of most respected and well-known black folks in the city — protesters stood in the rain shouting profanities. The chants weren’t just mean; they were disgusting.

Mitchell: Cancer can leave your body, linger in soul

Chances are if you are a woman, one day you will wear a pink ribbon. You won’t wear it because pink is still your favorite color. Last year, an estimated 232,340 women in the U.S. were told they had invasive breast cancer, and another 64,640 women were told they had non-invasive breast cancer.

Woman claims workers used coercion to separate her from toddlers

It is hard to imagine a more dysfunctional child welfare system than the one described in a federal lawsuit filed last week against the Illinois Department of Children Family Services, the Children’s Home + Aid, and 10 child welfare workers.

CTU members joining big crowd in Ferguson

Gregory Koger, an ex-convict and former gang member, didn’t sugarcoat why thousands of people would be in Ferguson, MO over the weekend. “They [protesters] are shutting that city down,” he told an audience that attended last Wednesday’s panel discussion on police brutality at Chicago State University.