In 1980, after receiving the nomination of his party, Ronald Reagan kicked off his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Miss., at the Neshoba County Fair. Neshoba County is not someplace you just drop into; you have to want to go there. It's a small town remembered largely for being the site of the horrid 1964 murders of three young civil rights volunteers, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney. Reagan went to Mississippi to give a speech that focused on states' rights and the dangers of big government. He went to send a message — and it was heard clearly across the South.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:05
Benjamin Todd Jealous
Two decades ago, as a young organizer in Mississippi, I learned that there are only two types of temporal power: organized people and organized money. I also learned that in a democracy, the people can win every time - but only if we are organized.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:05
Chaun Webster, Jeremiah Bey Ellison, Arianna Genis, Shannon Gibney and Valerie Deus
Editors note: This open letter was published prior to the October 30th screening of 12 Years a Slave at the Walker Art Center.
To Whom It May Concern at The Walker Art Center,
We have learned that on October 30 The Walker Art Center will be showing the film, 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, and followed by a talk with the director on Nov 9. This film is perhaps one of the most honest and visceral visual representations of the horrors that were part and parcel of the institution of slavery. Furthermore from the beginning, 12 Years a Slave has been, from its firsthand account, to the writer, to the director and leading actor, one of the most highly recognized, fully Black cinematic collaborations in the history of film.
Letter to the editor: Questioning Insight News' endorsement of Ward One candidate
Monday, 04 November 2013 16:38
Ward One, which is believed to be the most significantly diverse and economically challenged ward in St. Paul, has consistently experienced a deficiency in motivation from too many residents not acting on the historical and hard fought right to participate in the electoral process through the casting of individual votes in local elections. Certain voters who share specific racial or economic attributes neglect to maximize their political potential and impact by engaging in the process through increased voter turnout equal to the numbers reflecting those within their ranks qualified to be registered and able to vote.
Time to reform horse and buggy debt collector laws
Friday, 25 October 2013 11:30
Charlene Crowell, NNPA Columnist
An adage advises that one man’s pain is another man’s gain. As consumers nationwide struggle to recover financially from the Great Recession, this adage is also a truism. Across the country, creditors and debt collectors are taking advantage of archaic laws to extract payments that satisfy court judgments for consumer debts.
Monday, 21 October 2013 15:25
Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist
The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration had done to right that wrong. As a health advocate, he must have seen those men and women who decide to forego pain medication in favor of something to eat for their children. As a distinguished medical leader, he must have read the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports that talk about the differential ways in which health care is delivered in emergency rooms, with Black and Brown men less likely than others to receive medication for their pain, even when it involves a broken bone.