Author Archives: Julianne Malveaux

  • Boehner: Intemperate, Ignorant and Out of Control

    Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a narrow vote. Needing 218 votes, he barely clinched it with 220. His narrow victory reflects the fact that no Democrat would vote for him and that many Republicans are disillusioned of him. Perhaps it also ...

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  • Passionate About the Wrong Things

    I was in a cab just the other day when the driver chided me for not knowing football. He was a big Redskins (I call them the Deadskins because they need to change their name) fan, and was obsessed with RG III. I must confess that I did not know who RG3 III was until […]

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  • A Post-Election Mobilization Agenda

      After savoring the feeling of sweet success of President Barack Obama’s re-election, there is work to do.  Most of us got the outcome that we worked and hoped for, but we have to resist the temptation to exhale and get on with our work.  Before the president takes the ...

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  • Budget Woes Await Winner of Presidential Election

    No matter who wins the November 6 election, he will have a mess on his hands. The Budget Control Act of 2011 will cut $109 billion from the federal budget in 2013 unless Congress is able to figure out how to either reduce the deficit or cut another deal. The cuts will range from 7 to […]

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  • A Listless Obama is Still Better than Romney

    Somehow, the body snatchers came last Wednesday and took the fire (as in fired up, ready to go) out of President Obama, leaving a rather listless shell of a man who never truly engaged the audience or his opponent. He looked down at his notes, fidgeted and let Mitt Romney get away with multiple ...

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  • Don’t Overlook Less Publicized Political Races

    During this election, most of the focus is on the top of the ticket. Can President Obama maintain, or increase his narrow lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney? Will the deep pockets of Romney and his allies be enough to turn the tide? Recent news suggests fundraising for Mr. Romney has ...

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  • Marching for the Sake of Marching

    Every time I see a march or rally, I think of the rally of all rallies: the 1963 March on Washington. Forty-nine years later, there is nothing that equals that march in results. These days folks march to make a point, but back in the day, we marched to get legislative action. Shortly after the ...

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  • Gabrielle Douglas’ Hair-Raising Experience

    If you don’t follow Olympic gymnastics, you may not have heard about Gabrielle Douglas before this year. But the amazing grace of this 16- year old African American propelled her to Olympic gold last week, and she is the first African American to win an individual medal in gymnastics. ...

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  • Valuing Some Lives Over Others

    The national support for the victims of the recent Colorado shootings is great. However, if we believe in the equivalency of life, what about the lives of young men in Chicago, where there have been more deaths than in Afghanistan so far this year. While the hospitals in Aurora say they will ...

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  • Too Much Silence Around Affirmative Action

    The most conservative Supreme Court in the past four decades is poised to overturn the already limited affirmative action provisions in the next term, which begins in October, unless good sense visits one or two of them and they vote in favor of student body diversity. Since Bush-appointed ...

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  • A Dream Both Realized and Deferred

    If one were to look up “tenacity” in a dictionary, one might well simply search for logo of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, or a photograph of the MLK Memorial Foundation’s Executive Director Harry Johnson Sr. In 1984, the men of Alpha Phi Alpha proposed a national memorial to Dr. ...

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  • Market for Disrespect

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has one hell of a nerve. In an image that has gone viral, she put her finger in President Obama’s face, apparently lecturing him about something or other, making her the pure picture of arrogant disrespect. Apparently, she has learned from the best of the ...

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