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Nurses need to be listened to, not blamed

By Suzanne Gordon

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

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.

What to do about missing black men

By Raina J. Johnson

Black men are missing from daily life. We ought to treat this problem as a public health crisis. Because it is, truly, an epidemic.
As a single black woman living in Milwaukee, I feel and see this void of black men every day.
Because of early deaths or because they are behind bars, there are 83 black men for every 100 black women between the ages of 25 and 54 living outside of jail.
There are so many places where black men can be but they just aren’t there.

During Fair Housing Month, let's celebrate inclusiveness

by Mike Ervin

April is Fair Housing Month, a good opportunity to highlight how the Fair Housing Amendments Act has improved housing opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibited racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing. Twenty years later, Congress amended that law to ban housing discrimination against people with disabilities.