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Study finds most of the world failing at gender equality
6/13/2019 1:14:15 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Nearly 40 percent of the world’s girls and women live in countries that are failing on gender equality, according to information compiled by Equal Measures 2030 and its partners. According to the website for the project, “The 2019 SDG Gender Index measures the state of gender equality aligned to 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 129 countries and 51 issues ranging from health, gender-based violence, climate change, decent work and others. The 2019 SDG Gender Index provides a snapshot of where the world stands,...

Much More than Summer School
6/13/2019 1:08:41 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Close your eyes and think about the words summer school. What comes to mind? If you picture a room full of children clapping, cheering, laughing and falling in love with reading you could be imagining the experience thousands of children across the country are about to have as they participate in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program. More than 1,400 college-aged servant leader interns, site coordinators and partners came together this week for National Training at historic CDF Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee to learn...

Another Vacation in the Bank
6/13/2019 12:30:58 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I arrived home from our vacation late Tuesday afternoon. I’m not one for vacations, but this one was special. Our grandson who lives in Ohio was graduating from high school and then this summer he would be heading off to London for some soccer group. He loves soccer. This is the second of our grandchildren to graduate from high school. I would not say this to everybody but, this year is the 50th anniversary of my graduation from high school. I cannot believe it has been that long. I must have fallen...

Antitrust regulators set sights on Big Tech as Amazon’s lack of diversity is exposed
6/7/2019 10:06:23 PM

By Richard McCarty   Antitrust regulators at the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are setting their sights on Big Tech, and Amazon, may soon be under investigation by the FTC for monopolizing commerce. But this is not the first time Amazon has come under fire as it has repeatedly taken actions that target conservatives on ideological grounds and may be harming their ability to compete as well. To begin to address the company’s liberal bias, a shareholder resolution was filed to require the disclosure of the ideological perspectives of the...

47 State Attorneys General tell DC to follow the law: Forgive disabled vets student loans
6/7/2019 10:01:03 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Although Memorial Day is considered by many civilians as the unofficial start of summer, the true intent of the holiday is to annually honor those who lost their lives fighting for our country.  The men and women who wear or have worn this nation’s uniform in military service across wars and generations are deserving of remembrance as well as appreciation. This honor is particularly poignant for those who lost their lives in the fights for freedom, and others who returned home with permanent disabilities due to their service. But this...

Remembering Unita Blackwell
5/31/2019 1:40:34 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   I was deeply sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Mayor Unita Blackwell. She was one of a kind. She was always laughing and making other people laugh and she never stopped growing, learning, rolling with the punches, and punching back when she had to. As a civil rights activist, a member of the executive committee of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party along with Fannie Lou Hamer, and the first Black woman mayor in Mississippi, Unita achieved many “firsts.” She was elected mayor of Mayersville, Mississippi in 1976 and served for...

Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT
5/31/2019 10:17:46 AM

By Julianne Malveaux   The College Board, the organization that develops and administers the SAT test, has developed a new “adversity score” to augment the widely used college admissions examination. The fact that the College Board has had to create an “adversity score” is reason enough to discard the badly flawed SAT test, a test that many consider racially biased, and that only measures the likelihood of first-year college success. In other words, it measures the accumulated advantages that some students have over others because of the quality of...

Staying vigilant on Brown
5/23/2019 12:33:47 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   As a teenager, many of Barbara Johns’ wildest dreams were about a surprising subject: a new school. “My imagination would run rampant—and I would dream that some mighty man of great wealth built us a new school building or that our parents got together and surprised us with this grand new building and we had a big celebration—I even imagined that a great storm came through and blew down the main building and splattered the shacks to splinters …” Then a day came when 16-year-old Barbara decided to put her dreams...

Understanding the Grandpa Rules
5/23/2019 12:26:53 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   As circumstance would have it, and I like to give circumstances due credit, I was visiting my grandchildren without the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Normally, if there is such a status, my wife travels with me when we visit the grandchildren. However, when she is along I do not have a chance. I will not say that she hogs the grandchildren, she does, I just will not say so. As a husband, I know when to speak my mind and when to mind my speaking. The inexperienced husband does not know the difference and pays for it. With the opportunity...

And then it was Friday
5/17/2019 1:01:01 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Like many people, I try planning and arranging my week so I can accomplish as much as possible. For example, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage on Monday morning hands me her “honey-do-list” to complete by the end of the week. When she hands it to me, I smile and underneath that list I have concealed from her my “to-do-list.” It is not that I ignore her list… well, maybe I do. But, I don’t do it on purpose… well, maybe I do. I have a priority with my “to-do-list” and most times forget...