Mass Incarceration Makes Our Communities Less Safe…Looking for Smart and Safe Solutions

As I was thinking about what to write for this blog, my mind kept floating to personal experiences of friends I've lost to violence and how inept responses to crime have made our communities less safe.

Climate Change is CRITICAL to Our Communities

When a lot of us hear about climate change we might think, "Well, I like the polar bears as much as the next person, but there are definitely more pressing issues to work on in our communities than worrying about some melting ice near Antarctica!"

Healthcare Reform: We Cannot Afford to Wait!

The healthcare reform debate has taken over our lives. It has aired on the news, in the newspaper and on the radio. It is an issue that can't be ignored.

Lou Dobbs to Black People: “Quit Whining”

Lou Dobbs isn't just going after our Latino brothers and sisters anymore. The CNN television host, famous for his nasty and incendiary attacks on immigrants, has now set his sights on the African American community.

Rights Still to Be Won

The civil rights struggle for legal equality in America today is no less necessary, nor worthy, than a similar struggle fought by blacks several decades ago.

Personal responsibility alone won’t fix structural inequalities

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to share the stage with America's legendary television dad, Bill Cosby, comedian Paul Rodriguez and University of Wisconsin Professor Maria Cancian.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

When I met Troy Davis earlier this year, I was convinced of his innocence. Why did it take the American justice system so long to act?

Troy Davis’ sister speaks: Death row’s invisible victims

My name is Martina Correia and I am on Death Row in Georgia. No I have not murdered anybody, never even been on trial. I am on death row because that is where my brother lives.

Commentary: NAACP agenda still ‘radical’ after 100 years

Last Thursday the U.S. Senate passed a resolution apologizing for slavery and for legalized segregation. It arrived more than a hundred years late, but better late than never.

Troy Davis Must Not Be Executed

As Father's Day approaches, we often reflect on the male role models, father figures and patriarchs who are instrumental in our lives. We hold them in high regard because they possess qualities we admire: courage and strength, perseverance and determination, humility and grace.

Confirm Judge Sotomayor Quickly

When a case comes before me involving.... someone who is an immigrant — I can't help but think of my own ... I have to say to myself, "You know, this could be your grandfather, this could be your grandmother.

Time to Dream Big

The struggle to end the lock 'em up and throw away the key policies that resulted in the U.S. jailing more of its citizens than any other industrialized country has just won a significant victory.

Election Day

Its 6:59am and I'm sitting in the Laurel, Maryland Community Center waiting to vote. Wow! I didn't know I had so many Black neighbors (I don't get out much).

“Fired Up, And Ready to Go!”

November 1, 2008 Youth and college students representing Georgia area universities came to Columbus, Ga. on a crisp Saturday morning "fired up and ready to go" to kick-off their part of the NAACP Youth & College "Think Hard, Vote Hard" Bus Tour.

The NAACP Vote Hard Bus Tour is underway, and what a morning it has been!

he NAACP Vote Hard Bus Tour just pulled away from Moncks Corner, South Carolina on our final stop for this weekend. What a fantastic time we had tonight.

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