I have been an active participant in the battle for my individual rights as a human being with a disability since 1974. In 1977, my calling in that battle expanded to include my rights as an African American male. The two battles became one as I began to recognize, and be noticed for, leadership and outspoken advocacy for the equal treatment of all people. As I reflect on the … [Read more...]
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Ten years ago, hundreds of organizations and individuals signed a petition calling on all presidential candidates to create a national AIDS strategy. We knew the approach to HIV in the U.S. had to change. The national HIV response we saw was a patchwork: uncoordinated, without clear goals, underinvested where the challenge was most acute, with interventions delivered well below … [Read more...]
In their annual State of Black America report called “Protect Our Progress,” the National Urban League (NUL) suggested that the nation should invest in a "Main Street Marshall Plan" that would solidify gains made by Black Americans during the Obama Administration. The plan includes many policy ideas the NUL has proposed in previous reports, including funding for expanding … [Read more...]
The Minnesota legislature’s attempt to defund public transportation is a much bigger deal than people allow themselves to believe; it is a giant step backward. If this effort is not vigorously resisted it will open the door for more budget cuts and more backwardness like the preemptive movement and the attempt to cut funding for the State Human Rights … [Read more...]
The decision by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions requiring federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe charges possible, regardless of whether they would expose low-level offenders to mandatory minimums, represents not only a threat to public safety, but exacerbates mass incarceration. This decision by DOJ to overturn previous previous Justice Department guidance will lead … [Read more...]