Opinion

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Black unemployment, working class unity

The 1930s slogan, "Black and white, unite and fight." is relevant today. General appeals for jobs and relief, for public works jobs and  full employment measures have to be combined with targeted job creation in  communities where the hardship is the most severe.

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What Frederick Douglass tells us about today

Frederick Douglass was one of the great people’s leaders of the 19th century. And yet his towering intellect and multifaceted political experience have been insufficiently appreciated.

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Death penalty, shot through with racism, cannot be fixed

Justice John Paul Stevens say capital punishment is "shot through with racism, skewed toward conviction, infected with politics and tinged with hysteria." It's  past time to end the practice.

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“Secession balls” in 2010?

There were two stories about the beginnings of the Civil War this week: Georgia acknowledges slavery, while neo-Confederates ignore it.

Time to end stop-and-frisk policing

Crime rates have dropped, but the unconstitutional, and therefore criminal, harassment of black and brown youth is on the increase. This racial profiling is anti-worker. It must be stopped.

Ginning up racism: its winners and losers

Why do so many white people embrace this poison that is so harmful to their well being, why are so many so strident, why are so many so ready to accept the most far-fetched racist pronouncements?

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Noted scholar and activist Dr. Ron Walters dies at 72

Dr. Ron Walters, a distinguished scholar and civil rights movement activist, died last week from cancer at the age of 72.

New York elections not just about Cuomo

Figuring out who to vote for in New York State this year is trickier than usual for those who want to advance labor rights, equality and democracy.

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Graduation day

Melvin Pelvin showed society that a young black man with plenty of swag can do whatever he puts his mind to!

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Loss of a jazz warrior: Abbey Lincoln

Vocalist, actress and activist Abbey Lincoln, who died Aug. 14 at age 80, captured the energy and drive of an era in recording and film as few others could.

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