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Friday , February 12th 2016
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 […]


Child Watch: The Education Inequality Struggle
By Marian Wright Edelman

Editor’s Note: Marian Edelman’s editorial which appears in the Dec. 17 hard copy issue of the Peacemaker has been edited for length. Below is the full version. This has been a hard year for poor children and children of color in a gridlocked and cantankerous Congress. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replacing the No […]


Who put the NRA in charge of our national security?
By Marian Wright Edelman
December 11, 2015

With the echo of gunshots from the San Bernardino massacre ricocheting across the country, and another American community reeling with new broken hearts, it’s time for change. Since 1968 more than 164,000 children have died from gun violence in America—three times more than all the American soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam War and […]


Win the vote
By Lee Mortimer
December 5, 2015

Democrats looking toward a spirited 2016 presidential campaign should feel upbeat about statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, council of state and perhaps the U.S. Senate. But the real seat of power in North Carolina is the Republican-dominated General Assembly. With veto-proof majorities in both chambers, Republicans in the legislature can walk over pretty much […]


The ugly truths America must face
By Marian Wright Edelman
November 30, 2015

On November 14, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced the university will rename two buildings on campus named for two 19th century Georgetown University presidents: Thomas F. Mulledy, who in 1838 arranged the sale of 272 slaves from Jesuit owned Maryland plantations and used the profit to pay Georgetown’s construction debts, and William McSherry, […]


We are all immigrants
By Gabriel Fraire
November 20, 2015

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and 29 mostly Republican state governors are opposing efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States. This is an obvious pandering to the fear mongering that exists in the current context of immigration discussions. Does the governor not know that refugees from Syria have been in line to come […]


ObamaCare improves health of Black America
By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
November 13, 2015

Black Americans continue to face serious disparities in education, employment and in economic development. While more than 45 million Black Americans have made some type of progress during the past seven years of the Obama Administration, there is still much more to be done to end the vast racial and socioeconomic differences between Blacks and […]


Greensboro Municipal Election Endorsements
By Peacemaker Staff
October 30, 2015

This year’s Greensboro City Council and Mayoral Election may be remembered for low voter turnout, however the accomplishments of the current council members should not be forgotten.


Why we must fight for environmental justice
By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
October 23, 2015

The Civil Rights Movement in the United States identified a long list of issues that were broadly considered the historical and contemporary evidence of systematic racial discrimination and injustice. With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the critical importance of environmental justice for Black Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans and for other people of color […]


New forms of predatory lending threaten consumers
By By Charlene Crowell
October 16, 2015

Over the past decade, no state has authorized either predatory payday or car title loans. That consumer financial progress came about through a combination of state and local advocates working with state lawmakers to bring a sense of financial fairness to their local communities. But just like a bad penny that won’t go away, new […]


School voucher programs all wrong
By Gabriel A. Fraire
October 9, 2015

The North Carolina Supreme Court recently upheld the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program which sends public dollars to private and religious schools. The Opportunity Scholarship Program is basically a wolf in sheep’s clothing better known as school vouchers. While this program has been upheld in North Carolina, an Oregon state court found a similar law unconstitutional, […]


Black and Latinos working together
By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
October 2, 2015

If there was ever a propitious time for African Americans and Latino Americans to unite to advance the cause of freedom, justice, equality and economic empowerment, it is now. Today, more than ever, the rapidly changing national demographics and the potential political and economic power as a direct result of Latino and Black unity in […]


Immigration: The truth behind the lies
By Gabriel A. Fraire
September 18, 2015

When Donald Trump first came out with his horrible description of Mexican immigrants, I was asked to write an editorial response because I am Mexican-American. At the time, I said I wasn’t interested in giving this hatemonger more space in the news media. Nothing he says is real and I question if he even believes […]


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