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Nurses need to be listened to, not blamed

By Suzanne Gordon

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

Do black presidents matter?

by Clarence Lusane

How did it happen that the most significant black protest movement in decades, #blacklivesmatter, erupted during the tenure of the first black president?
Civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin famously argued that, following the major victories of the 1960s, African-Americans needed to move from “protest to politics.” After the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, black politics shifted dramatically to a focus on voting and electoral engagement. After President Obama’s two electoral triumphs, the trend is reversing, from politics to protest.

People are tired of empty promises on immigration

by Angie Trudell Vasquez

During election campaigns, politicians toss around empty promises about immigration reform like candy.
President Obama garnered support for his reformist approach on immigration and then deported more people than any other president before him. Now, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are attempting to court the Latino vote, which is crucial for winning the 2016 election.

Thirty years of police excess

by Fred McKissack

On May 13, it will be 30 years since a Pennsylvania state police helicopter dropped explosives on the house of MOVE, an anarchist, black liberation group. This killed 11 people inside, including five children, destroying 65 other homes in the process. This anniversary comes as Baltimore endures massive protests and riots over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police. It’s a savage reminder of how little trust there is between the black community and those who claim to protect it.

Without hope, inner-city residents will take to the streets

by Alvaro Huerta

Those of us who grew up in ghettoes and barrios are all too familiar with police misconduct and government negligence. The response from inner-city Baltimore residents comes as no surprise to us.
Long before I became a professor, studying cities and the disenfranchised communities that inhabit them, I was raised in East LA’s notorious housing projects, where I experienced abject poverty, violence and a deep sense of hopelessness.
Two entities ruled the projects: the neighborhood gang and the police.

Why the Baltimore uprising happened

by Eddie Conway and Dominque Demetrea Stevenson

The Baltimore uprising was a long time in the making.
For years, the African-American community has been subjected to constant abuse at the hands of the Baltimore City Police Department. In 2010, the city was forced to settle a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union in which the organization alleged that police was engaging in a pattern of false arrest. Between 2011 and 2014, the city paid out $5.7 million to victims of police abuse.