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The protests began in Ferguson, exploding after the prosecutor announced that the policeman who killed Michael Brown would not be brought to trial. They spread across the country after the Staten Island grand jury refused to charge the policeman who strangled Eric Garner, killing him on camera. Now, as others — Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, Akai Gurley — are added to the list of casualties, the marches keep on building. Professional and college athletes don shirts saying, “We can’t breathe.” Congressional aides go on strike to stand on the steps of the House, calling “hands up, don’t shoot.” From … ]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:14:00 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/31673702-452/marchers-demand-attention-be-paid.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/31673702-452/marchers-demand-attention-be-paid.html <![CDATA[ Put those police cameras on the bankers ]]> Lead story image

A week ago Sunday, five St. Louis Rams professional football players entered a game with their hands up, protesting the killing of Michael Brown. They stand in the lineage of John Carlos and Tommie Smith, of Muhammad Ali, identifying with the pain in their communities and turning protest into power. The gesture turned to chants — “Hands up; Don’t Shoot” in demonstrations across the country. Protesters shut down major thoroughfares from Manhattan to Chicago to Los Angeles to decry the Staten Island grand jury that refused to indict the policemen who killed Eric Garner, turning his plea — “I can’t … ]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:24:30 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/31545000-452/put-those-police-cameras-on-the-bankers.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/31545000-452/put-those-police-cameras-on-the-bankers.html <![CDATA[ Mr. President, Come to Ferguson ]]> Lead story image

Ferguson is too important to be treated on the margins. It is too important to lead the news one day, and disappear the next. The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the police response to the demonstrations that followed, the horror of a clearly biased prosecutor driving a grand jury to fail to make an indictment — all this isn’t simply about Ferguson. There is a Ferguson in every metropolitan area of America. At times, a single incident throws a powerful light on a reality. Ferguson is one of those times. And to ensure that this reality is not simply … ]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:27:26 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/31406559-452/mr-president-come-to-ferguson.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/31406559-452/mr-president-come-to-ferguson.html <![CDATA[ Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is without a clue ]]> Lead story image

In response to what he calls the president’s “war on coal,” Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell says, “I’m going to war with him.” For McConnell, the historic agreement that the president signed with the Chinese, committing them for the first time to dramatic reductions in their greenhouse gases, is an outrage, an assault on “my state.” McConnell has just been reelected by the citizens of Kentucky, albeit a small minority of them. (In a state where fewer than half of those eligible showed up, McConnell won with the votes of about ¼ of the eligible voters). But seldom has a … ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/31131123-452/senate-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-is-without-a-clue.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/31131123-452/senate-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-is-without-a-clue.html <![CDATA[ Obama’s legacy: defining the course forward ]]> Lead story image

The president has paid his courtesies to the Republican leaders who now control the Congress. Mitch McConnell has indicated that he’s prepared to cooperate with the president, if he’s prepared to capitulate. Others, like Sen. Ted Cruz, have declared that the scorched earth obstruction will continue. The real question is how President Barack Obama acts. Many talking heads urge him to find common ground — on fast track trade authority, on tax breaks for multinationals, on various “reforms” of Obamacare, on lifting restrictions on exporting natural gas. He can, he’s told, consolidate his “legacy” by getting things done. But these … ]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:29:30 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30993724-452/obamas-legacy-defining-the-course-forward.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30993724-452/obamas-legacy-defining-the-course-forward.html <![CDATA[ Take your souls to the polls ]]> Lead story image

Tuesday is Election Day and it is time to vote. If you fail to show up, your vote still counts, but in support of those you oppose. For African Americans, the right to vote has always been contested. We had to fight to win the right to cast our ballots. We had no right to vote under the original Constitution, although states could count slaves as three-fifths of a person in determining congressional representation. It took the Civil War and the first reconstruction to abolish slavery and give African Americans the right to vote. For a short period after the … ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:30:01 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30836581-452/take-your-souls-to-the-polls.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30836581-452/take-your-souls-to-the-polls.html <![CDATA[ Take your souls to the polls ]]> Lead story image

Tuesday is Election Day and it is time to vote. If you fail to show up, your vote still counts, but in support of those you oppose. For African Americans, the right to vote has always been contested. We had to fight to win the right to cast our ballots. We had no right to vote under the original Constitution, although states could count slaves as three-fifths of a person in determining congressional representation. It took the Civil War and the first reconstruction to abolish slavery and give African Americans the right to vote. For a short period after the … ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:30:01 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30836581-452/take-your-souls-to-the-polls.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30836581-452/take-your-souls-to-the-polls.html <![CDATA[ Election 2014: Seldom a choice so clear ]]> Lead story image

Across the country, races for the Senate and for governor are going down to the wire. Republicans are expected to do well because many of the races are in states that President Barack Obama lost in 2012; Democratic turnout is predicted to fall off, and the president’s poll numbers are in the pits, with voters sensibly unhappy at the state of the economy and the direction of the country. The Illinois race for governor illustrates that pattern. The incumbent governor, Democrat Pat Quinn, suffers from the state’s lousy economy and continued fiscal struggles. He’s in a dead heat with Republican … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:42:00 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30681853-452/election-2014-seldom-a-choice-so-clear.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30681853-452/election-2014-seldom-a-choice-so-clear.html <![CDATA[ Wall Street lacks diversity ]]> Lead story image

Wall Street may lead America in financial rewards, but it is a laggard when it comes to diversity. The lack of diversity among its CEOs and managing partners is notorious. Now a survey by Vettery, a recruiting firm, reports that the Street fails the test among its first year hires as well. It isn’t only skewed at the top; it is failing to build the pipeline that might change that in the future. Vittery reports that first-year bankers are more than 3/4 men — unchanged from 2013 — and nearly 2/3 white. Twenty-nine percent are Asian, while African-Amerians and Hispanics … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:40:00 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30548757-452/wall-street-lacks-diversity.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30548757-452/wall-street-lacks-diversity.html <![CDATA[ End America’s perverse embargo against Cuba ]]> Lead story image

When President Barack Obama called on the world to contribute to fighting Ebola in West Africa, the response was, as the Wall Street Journal reported, “underwhelming.” One nation stood up immediately: Cuba dispatched 165 medical personnel to Sierra Leone, the largest single contribution to that country. “Against Ebola, we can work with anyone,” said Jorge Delgado Bustillo, head of the Cuban Sierra Leone Medical Brigade “The United States? Yes, we can.” Cuba has sent tens of thousands of health workers to aid foreign nations in distress, including 1,500 to Haiti after its 2010 earthquake. The Cubans cooperate with the U.S. … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:40:00 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30422509-452/end-americas-perverse-embargo-against-cuba.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30422509-452/end-americas-perverse-embargo-against-cuba.html <![CDATA[ Ebola: Fight the disease, not the victims ]]> Lead story image

The spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa is a global health emergency. Countries around the world must join together to mobilize the resources, build the isolation units, supply the needed medicine, doctors, nurses and support personnel needed to isolate and treat those afflicted, track down and monitor those who might have been in contact, and stop the epidemic. The toll of the victims of the epidemic — centered in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone — is rising. The World Health Organization now reports over 7,400 confirmed or likely cases, and 3,431 deaths. On … ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:04:01 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30300724-452/ebola-fight-the-disease-not-the-victims.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30300724-452/ebola-fight-the-disease-not-the-victims.html <![CDATA[ Muhammad Ali, a hero of our time ]]> Lead story image

This weekend, the Muhammad Ali Center awarded football great and courageous civil rights advocate Jim Brown and Bill Russell its Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. But the real celebration was for Muhammad Ali himself, a giant now weakened by his three-decade struggle with Parkinson’s. Ali was a champion in the ring. “I am the greatest,” he said, and he was telling the truth. He won his first heavyweight championship at the age of 22, a massive underdog against reigning champion Sonny Liston. He said he would “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” and so he did. And later, … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:10:44 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30179624-452/muhammad-ali-a-hero-of-our-time.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30179624-452/muhammad-ali-a-hero-of-our-time.html <![CDATA[ Concussions and domestic violence: study the link ]]> Lead story image

By JESSE JACKSON: The reality is that arrest rates for NFL players are far below those for other men of their age. But domestic violence arrests for NFL players are high for men of their age and affluence. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:33:29 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30042083-452/concussions-and-domestic-violence-study-the-link.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/30042083-452/concussions-and-domestic-violence-study-the-link.html <![CDATA[ The time for action on diversity has come ]]> Lead story image

Last week, in a highly choreographed, tightly organized presentation, Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With the spotlights on and a global audience, Apple paraded a lineup of six white men to present its new products. Even the entertainment — U2 — was all white. Women and people of color are major consumers of Apple products: the iPhone, iTunes music, iPod music players, iPads and more. Apple had a huge opportunity to demonstrate to millions around the world that it is committed to be as diverse as its customers are. It clearly didn’t even think … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:46:26 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/29902863-452/the-time-for-action-on-diversity-has-come.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/29902863-452/the-time-for-action-on-diversity-has-come.html <![CDATA[ Bluster is not a strategy ]]> Lead story image

Bluster is on the loose. With ISIS, an al-Qaida offshoot, proclaiming a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, Russia facing off with Ukraine, Libya descending into a civil chaos, the Taliban striking in Afghanistan, pundits and politicians are raising a drumbeat of demands for muscular action, condemning President Obama for his caution and supposed passivity. But the bluster is providing more heat than light. Remember, we had a president who shot first and thought later, who roused Americans with the threat of weapons of mass destruction, and dispatched American forces into a war of choice halfway around the world. … ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:06:10 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/29761686-452/bluster-is-not-a-strategy.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/29761686-452/bluster-is-not-a-strategy.html <![CDATA[ There is a Ferguson near you ]]> Lead story image

There is a Ferguson near you. Many pundits are saying that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has revealed troubling racial tensions in America. But the real scandal in Michael Brown’s shooting is that it reveals what we’ve already known. As conservative Republican Sen. Rand Paul wrote about Ferguson: “Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country . . . is just not paying attention.” Ferguson is a suburb of St Louis that is two-thirds African American. Its 53-person police force has only three African-Americans. Its mayor and five of its … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:52:20 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/29339385-452/there-is-a-ferguson-near-you.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/29339385-452/there-is-a-ferguson-near-you.html <![CDATA[ From the Voting Rights Act to a voting rights amendment ]]> Lead story image

One of the greatest weeks in progressive political history started on July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid bills into law. It ended on Aug. 6, when LBJ penned his signature on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, an act that he described as “a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory won on any battlefield.” We should take a moment to remember that wonderful week, 49 years ago. Progressive victories like those do not come along very often. Our victories did not start in LBJ’s White House, of course. You could say … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:18:01 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/29042034-452/from-the-voting-rights-act-to-a-voting-rights-amendment.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/29042034-452/from-the-voting-rights-act-to-a-voting-rights-amendment.html <![CDATA[ Government health care success: 49 years of Medicare and Medicaid ]]> Lead story image

This week marks the 49th anniversary of two of the most important “big government” programs ever — Medicare and Medicaid. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed these two critical health care programs into law. At the signing ceremony, LBJ handed the first two Medicare cards to former President Harry Truman, who had called for the program years before, and his wife, former first lady Bess Truman. Contradicting the conservative fable that “big government” programs never work, Medicare has made the lives of millions of American senior citizens more secure and healthier. Medicaid has improved the lives of … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:55:55 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/28919150-452/government-health-care-success-49-years-of-medicare-and-medicaid.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/28919150-452/government-health-care-success-49-years-of-medicare-and-medicaid.html