Commentary

  • The High Cost of Injustice

    What if we did not incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable? What if a man who steals a $159 jacket while high gets drug treatment and a sentence of, say, two years, instead of a sentence of life ...

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  • The GOP: Chaos is Their Goal

    Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for the Congress’ fully deserving its “do-nothing” label. First, early in the week, all but seven Republicans in the GOP – ...

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  • The Lynching of Eric Garner

    It was one of the most difficult scenes in Spike Lee’s classic movie “Do the Right Thing,” the brutal strangulation of peace-loving Radio Raheem by New York City police in a Brooklyn pizza shop. That scene touched a raw nerve as it recalled the 1983 death of 25-year-old graffiti artist Michael ...

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  • Guarding our Democracy

    For Americans, and especially Americans of Color, this year’s elections are not an abstract debate. They are a struggle upon which our livelihoods and lives may well depend. During the last four years, we have seen a Tea Party Minority in the U.S. House and Senate do everything within its ...

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  • Summer enrichment in STEM subjects sparks student growth

    As technology increasingly changes our world, traditional ideas of how to prepare students to successfully graduate college and access a lifetime of rewarding careers also change. Part of what it takes to be successful in the 21st century – which some of today’s students will see through ...

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  • Straight-Up Talk about Testosterone

    It’s almost impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper (or website) without hearing about testosterone deficiency in men. We’re barraged with information that ranges from scientifically correct concerns about a very real medical condition, to completely unsubstantiated claims ...

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  • Thoughtfulness in the Midst of Crisis

    We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that has left more than 52,000 children, many without their parents, in limbo at America’s borders. Texas, along with other southwestern border states, has experienced an influx of undocumented immigrants. It is during these times that we all ...

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  • Debt Settlement Programs are Misleading

    You’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed can sound really appealing. In ...

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