Category Archives: Policy & Issues

A history of sanctuary cities: How Black Americans protected fugitive slaves

Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the issue of “sanctuary” cities and states. Local communities, including some college and university campuses, have pledged to shield undocumented children and adults from President Donald Trump’s proposals for deportation. Municipalities and campuses remain steadfast even in the face of the president’s… Read More »

African-American Hospitals Were the Pride of an Excluded Community

Many hospitals, from prestigious medical centers to tiny community clinics, at one time did not admit black patients and did not hire or train black doctors or nurses. Others confined black patients to “colored” wings. In the African-American community, those institutions are still sometimes known as “white hospitals.” “In the minds of our grandparents, black… Read More »

Black voters aren’t happy with President Trump or Democrats

African American voters feel taken advantage of by Democrats and nervous about President Donald Trump’s leadership, according to a national poll conducted for the Congressional Black Caucus. Black lawmakers discussed the results last week at their retreat in Washington as a guide for the 115th Congress. The results showed African Americans’ dissatisfaction with the Democratic… Read More »

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Statement in Response to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Crime-Related Matters

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke Issued the Following Statement in Response to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Crime-Related Matters: “The executive orders issued by the President today perpetuate the false notion that there is a war on cops in our country and that violent crime is systemic… Read More »

Racism-white supremacy and the education crisis

What is the key to education reform in IPS and around the country? Contrary to some educational reform advocates’ claims, it is not school choice. Hold on, though, before you draw conclusions about where this column is going. Leaving room in an educational system for some variety and giving flexibility to some school administrators and… Read More »

Keep Moving in the Fight for Economic Justice

On May 17, 1957, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered his “Give Us the Ballot” speech in which he remarked, “Keep moving. Let nothing slow you up. Move on with dignity and honor and respectability.” During celebrations… Read More »

NAACP Statement on the Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was confirmed as the nation’s 84th US Attorney General this evening, despite intense opposition by the NAACP and hundreds of organizations due to his historically weak and questionable support for voting rights, police accountability and the rights of immigrants and women. The NAACP mobilized its memberships and collaborated with partners… Read More »