John Hope Franklin: an appreciation

John Hope Franklin, the author of academic and popular works of African American history over six decades, passed away last week at the age of 94. More than any other U.S. scholar, he advanced the study and teaching of African American history in U.S. universities in the second half of the 20th century.

American Idol helps me dream big

There is just something about watching live singing competitions on national television that gets you hooked. American Idol this year has me tuning in week after week.

100,000 voters sign pledges backing Obama 2010 budget

WASHINGTON—Organizing for America (OFA) volunteers went door-to-door in all 50 states March 28 and collected more than 100,000 signatures on pledges of support for President Obama’s 2010 Budget.

COMMENTARY: Textbooks on the front lines our minds are the prize

Throughout written history, two giants have wrestled to ultimate death with our minds as the prize. One adds stealth and cunning to his incredible strength, but the other is slightly the victor, despite general indifference.

Never Turning Back: The World of Peggy Lipschutz

“Never Turning Back: The World of Peggy Lipschutz” is a film about 88-year-old artist and political activist Peggy Lipschutz of Evanston, Ill.


Oakland responds to slayings with a vision of community

OAKLAND, Calif. ― The fatal shooting of four Oakland policemen by a lone gunman March 21 has prompted a weeklong outpouring of condolences and solidarity with the families of the slain men and with the police department.

Archie Green, 91, union activist and folklorist, dies

Archie Green, a shipwright turned folklorist whose interest in union workers and their culture transformed the study of American folklore and who single-handedly persuaded Congress to create the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, died last Sunday at his home in San Francisco. He was 91.

Obama admin. weighs in on side of women workers in Wal-Mart case

(PAI) The Obama administration, represented by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has weighed in on the side of the female workers who filed a class action sexual discrimination suit against Wal-Mart eight years ago. The government was silent until now, but EEOC attorneys who sided with the women are career personnel, not GOP Bush government appointees.

Predatory payday lenders target Black and Latino communities

As the misdeeds of major financial institutions continue to make the headlines, it should be no surprise to find out the many ways people have been cheated by financial institutions at the community level. The controversial practice known as 'payday lending' is one of the most egregious examples. The process gives cash-strapped consumers an advance -- with exorbitant interest rates -- on their paychecks. For years consumer advocates have pushed for more regulations on the payday loan industry, arguing that these firms are in fact predatory lenders that trap the working poor in a cycle of debt.

NE health summit: Hundreds demand reform

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Two different groups of people gathered here March 17 to talk about solving the health care crisis. Inside the Davis Center at the University of Vermont were some 400 people invited to the White House Northeast Regional Forum on Health Reform, hosted by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Republican Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont.

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