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Child Watch: Where are the caring adults?
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Child Watch: Where are the caring adults?

[caption id="attachment_25278" align="alignleft"]column 150x200L to R: E’Darrius Smith, Jermaine Simmons and Aijalon “AJ” Morris[/caption]What’s on the minds of many high school students these days—the start of a new school year, getting a driver’s license, worrying whether they’ll make the team, perhaps daydreaming about college and sweating over SAT exams? But that’s not what three Black male high school students told a Children’s Defense Fund audience this summer they’re thinking and worrying about.

Julian Bond: A dedicated life of service
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Julian Bond: A dedicated life of service

Horace Julian Bond was born Jan. 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tenn. into a family of privilege. His father, Horace Mann Bond, was a noted educator who served as president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, where such notables as W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson were frequent guests.

Sandra Bland’s life mattered
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Sandra Bland’s life mattered

“Many people see this situation escalating, and I think it shows the frustration that many minority communities feel when they feel that, you know, maybe it wouldn’t have escalated in a different community. I hope that that can bring this situation to light as well, so that people understand the frustration that many minority members feel when they’re stopped by the police.”
– United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch, July 2015

One year after Ferguson: Change still must come
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One year after Ferguson: Change still must come

After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo., yet another African American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to the national protests challenging our racially biased structures of criminal injustice

Voter suppression overshadows Voting Rights Act celebration
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Voter suppression overshadows Voting Rights Act celebration

Thursday, Aug. 6, marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will hold a Call to Action Rally at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall.

Hanging on to hope to keep Black men and boys alive
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Hanging on to hope to keep Black men and boys alive

[caption id="attachment_25116" align="alignleft"]stockvault-little-ezra-enjoying-music-on-mp3114061stockvault.net[/caption]Our history is for decades we humiliated people of color. For decades we excluded people of color. For decades we shamed and burdened and beat people of color. – Bryan Stevenson, founder and president of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

The deception: Whites as individuals, flawed
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The deception: Whites as individuals, flawed

fred-easterNobody asked me, but I’m getting sick and tired of reading Joe Soucheray’s painting Adrian Peterson as a “savage child beater.”

Peterson flew his son to Texas for a summer vacation. AP appears to have been trying to foster a relationship between half siblings. AP disciplined his son for pushing his younger half brother off a bike. I applaud AP for his attempt to build family and establish behavioral parameters.

Justice tech: Making jails and prisons work
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Justice tech: Making jails and prisons work

[caption id="attachment_25031" align="alignleft"]stockvault-glowing-prison-cell---hdr172292stockvault.net[/caption]President Obama’s impassioned call for criminal justice reform at last week’s NAACP national convention was the latest sign that bipartisan criminal justice reform is on the way. In the midst of this movement is another, untold story about an army of entrepreneurs that is changing the way jails and prison work for the better.

Obama calls for criminal justice reform
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Obama calls for criminal justice reform

Whenever the president of the United States speaks to a national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), millions of people pay attention. As a former Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP, I listened very carefully to President Barack Obama’s recent historic keynote address to the organization’s 106th annual convention in Philadelphia.

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