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Friday , May 06th 2016
Does anyone care about education?
By Gabriel A. Fraire
April 28, 2016

Americans do not support education. We give lip service to it. We like to think that free public education is a good thing and we often pat ourselves on the back about what a great job we do. But be honest. We don’t really care about being educated. We have all heard the story of […]


Our future is on the ballot in this election year
By Elijah Cummings
April 22, 2016

As I consider the consequences for our future during this critical election year, it is no overstatement to observe that our future will be on the ballots that will be cast on Election Day this November just as surely as will be the candidates for office. The virtually nonstop television coverage of the presidential candidates […]


We, the people, call for police video to be public now
By By Lewis Pitts
April 18, 2016

People want equal protection under the law. We do not want to hinder criminal investigations or violate legitimate privacy interests of anyone. The decision regarding withholding or redacting police video should not be made by the police or their supervisors. It should be made by a two-thirds vote of city council, which is directly responsible […]


Guilford Dems take N.C. House District 58 voters for granted
By Afrique Kilimanjaro
April 14, 2016

The Guilford County Democratic Party leadership gathered Saturday morning (April 9) for a special meeting to elect a replacement to fill the unexpired term of late freshman N.C. House Rep. Ralph Johnson (District- 58), who died on March 15 from complications of a stroke in early February. Not only did Johnson lose his re-election bid, […]


The time is always right to do right
By Marian Wright Edelman
April 7, 2016

March 31 was the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in 1968 before his assassination four days later: “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” Dr. King said he believed a triple revolution was taking place in the world – a technological revolution, a revolution […]


Women’s History Month: Black women in the peace movement
By Julianne Malveaux
March 25, 2016

Some words seem rarely mentioned in this highly toxic political season. We’ve heard about bombs and walls, but very little about peace. One is almost tempted, when some of the candidates are speaking, to burst into song – give peace a chance. In this Women’s History Month, it makes sense to reflect on women and […]


Republicans created ‘Frankentrump’ monster
By George E. Curry
March 18, 2016

President Obama has seen this horror movie before. His political opponents not only distorted his positions when he first ran for president, but deliberately lied about his place of birth, asserting that because he – according to their fiction – was not a U.S. citizen, he was not qualified to be president. Donald Trump, who […]


Mexico is our neighbor, not the enemy
By Jesse Jackson
March 11, 2016

Presidential campaigns often turn raw. Politicians reach for sound bites that bite. Often they gain by playing on fears, winning by division, not by addition. In 2016, insult has become the coin of the campaign, particularly in the Republican primaries. And too often the enemy singled out has been Mexico and Mexicans. Mexico has been […]


Dr. King’s words echoed in Bernie
By By Bill Turner / Special to the Peacemaker from The Winston-Salem Chronicle
March 10, 2016

Most Blacks who will vote in the Democrat primaries for the 2016 presidential campaign would vote for Bernie Sanders if they followed the logic of a speech Dr. Martin Luther King gave in New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967. In candid and unpretentious language in a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time […]


During this election season, Black political power still not fully realized
By Jennifer L. Patin
March 4, 2016

Some will reflect on 2015 as a year of renewed civil rights mobilization. Whether catalyzed by the loss of Black lives, restrictive state voting laws challenged in court by Black voters and their advocates, or the golden anniversaries of Bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many of this nation’s Black communities demonstrated […]


Does any presidential candidate “deserve” the Black vote?
By Julianne Malveaux
February 26, 2016

Michelle Alexander, the brilliant author of The New Jim Crow, writes in The Nation – that Hillary Clinton does not “deserve” the Black vote. She makes a strong case. She reminds us that the Bill Clinton administration yielded a draconian crime bill and welfare “deform” (I call it “deform” instead of reform because the Clinton […]


The Republican Primary’s poisonous legacy
By Lee A. Daniels
February 19, 2016

With last week’s primary in New Hampshire, this year’s momentous presidential contest has now begun in earnest. At last, the political world has actual votes in actual ballot boxes to focus on. But looming behind all the critical issues of policy and process that are — and are not – going to be discussed is […]


Leading the march toward criminal justice
By Marian Wright Edelman
February 11, 2016

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice. . . . I’ve come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character […]


Thank you 1808
By Afrique I. Kilimanjaro, Peacemaker Editor
February 5, 2016

A heartfelt thank you to editor, Tina Firesheets; writer, Amanda Lehmert; and photographer extraordinaire, Scott Muthersbaugh for the February cover feature on the Carolina Peacemaker and my family in 1808 magazine. It’s not often a magazine writes a feature on the endeavors of another publication. On behalf of my family and the staff at the […]


The Economics of Water
By James Clingman
January 29, 2016

“Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” — The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I can hear the backroom discussion now: “We can save money if we stop taking our drinking water from Lake Huron and start using water from the Flint River instead.” Those may not be the […]


Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks
By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
January 22, 2016

Flint, Michigan is impoverished. The auto plants have closed. Forty percent of the city’s 100,000 residents live below the poverty level. It is majority minority. It’s been in fiscal crisis since 2011, with the state taking over budgetary control and a state-appointed “emergency manager” driving policy focused on cutting spending. Flint residents are Americans, but […]


Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk
By Wade Henderson
January 15, 2016

Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school. Among members of the African American middle class, my story isn’t at all uncommon. If you asked […]


What will you sacrifice for justice?
By Julianne Malveaux
January 8, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” Those students across the country who are protesting campus racism need to keep that quote in mind as they assert their […]


Merry Christmas and Peace Within
By Gabriel A. Fraire
December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas to all our readers who celebrate Christmas. And a Seasons Greetings to those that do not. But regardless of your religious or non-religious faith for most of us this is a time of year of joy and hope for peace. It may seem to many like this is not a good year to […]


The cost of expanding Medicaid
By By Gabriel A. Fraire
December 18, 2015

There is no doubt that Gov. McCrory and the Republican Legislature want to reduce government spending and save money. But consistently doing it on the backs of poor people is a scandal and they ought to be ashamed. The governor and his cohort’s efforts to undermine healthcare for the poor is disgusting. Recently the State […]


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