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Nurses need to be listened to, not blamed

By Suzanne Gordon

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

Million Man March still relevant 20 years later

by Brian G. Gilmore

Twenty years ago, I participated in the Million Man March. Last week, the marchers gathered again, still fighting for the same things.

Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam led the march this past weekend in Washington, D.C., just as he did on Oct. 16, 1995. But there were other African-American speakers, too, including members of the Black Lives Matter movement. They all gathered under the theme “Justice or Else,” an appropriate banner for our times.

Let us pray that Pope can change hearts and minds

by Randy Jurado Ertll

Pope Francis has helped countless Catholics to regain and reclaim their faith.
He stands up for the most ignored in society. He loves to hang out with the poor. He washes the feet of the destitute. He spends time with people who have leprosy. In doing all this, he is following Jesus Christ’s example.
And he speaks truth to power. The pope is the world’s best spokesperson on environmental and immigration issues. The challenge is for politicians in the United States and other world leaders to respond with real action.

Ferguson report challenges the nation

by Brian Gilmore

The recently released Ferguson Commission report lays down a challenge to a nation torn apart by revelations of police abuse.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon created the commission last year in response to the police killing of Michael Brown, though the authors of the report note that they were not charged with investigating his murder.
Through “open community meetings across the region” and after talking with researchers, scholars, clergy, legislators and civic leaders, the commission has produced a report that is comprehensive and potentially transformative.

Ethnic Studies should go nationwide

by Randy Jurado Ertll

When I was growing up in California, I never read a book in school by a Latino or Latina writer. Now, at long last, that situation is set to change for the state’s schoolchildren.
Gov. Jerry Brown has an opportunity to sign a bill into law that “would require the superintendent to oversee the development of, and the state board to adopt, a model curriculum to ensure quality courses in ethnic studies.” It would be a historic day if Brown indeed assents, since it would provide a great example for other states.

GOP needs to reasssess stance on Black Lives Matter

By Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Republican presidential contenders have consistently chosen to dismiss and misrepresent the Black Lives Matter movement.
Donald Trump has resorted to unfounded smears.
“I think they’re trouble,” he said in an interview on Fox News, and then implied that any movement dedicated to police reform was by nature a hate group.
Other GOP presidential candidates have also been disdainful. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims he doesn’t have time to address the concerns of Black Lives Matter activists, while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul refuses to acknowledge the movement’s name.