On the Fourth of July, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president, CEO, and founder of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, tackled the reality of our country’s exclusionary Declaration of Independence in her op-ed, “A Declaration of Inclusion on Independence Day.” But, in the following days, we were reminded yet again that the “inalienable rights” our country’s […]
Baltimore’s corners are often associated with the public health threat presented by illicit drug dealing and use but there is another, more unassuming, danger lurking inside corner stores and supermarkets: sugar-sweetened beverages. The Baltimore City Council will consider a bill next week to include a warning label on sugary drinks similar to those that appear […]
We need to recognize the active, deliberate human actions that brought about the racial wealth gap, and also the power of human agency that can be harnessed to eliminate the gap. The conversations about inequality on the right and the left need to recognize the deep structures of racial inequality. — Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community […]
The question is, Why race and why now? There are organizations and individuals who think that not focusing on and acknowledging race or ethnicity is the polite thing to do. I call that “the invisible race card.” They think class and gender explain all differences in our society. But, while class and gender are important, […]
Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez has represented Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District in Chicago and Cook County since 1992. Now in his twelfth term, Gutiérrez is the senior member of the Illinois delegation. The 12-term congressman was born and raised in Chicago to parents who emigrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950s. His previously served as a […]
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, one of four 2015 Asset Builder Champion Awards recipients, discusses the need for immigration reform and bipartisan policy efforts to help close the racial wealth gap. The racial wealth gap in the United States continues to expand. Currently, Latinos hold only 7 cents for every dollar of wealth held by Whites. […]
A recent New York Magazine article identified four pillars to Barack Obama’s vision for his presidency, as laid out in his 2009 inaugural address: economic recovery and financial-system reform, healthcare reform, combating climate change, and education reform. Another administration priority identified in the article that did not make it into the 2009 address but has […]
According to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, it’s unlikely that comprehensive immigration reform will pass this year. This is clearly a blow for the Obama Administration, which named immigration reform a top priority for their second term.
Perhaps years from now, when President Obama writes his autobiography about his time in office, we’ll learn all the details about his conversation with Pope Francis. We knew before the meeting that economic inequality would be a topic of discussion, and afterwards we were told it was part of the conversation.