Monthly Archives: June 2011

Who Will Be the Electorate?

L. Joy Williams

The 2012 election season is in full swing and while candidates are entering and exiting the stage at a steady pace what’s still up in the air is who the electorate will be.

All around the country individual states are not only redrawing district lines following the census but some are also changing voter identification laws that may significantly reduce the number of first time voters at the polls. Not to mention the normal process of purging voter lists before a federal election (remember Florida in 2000). With our nation becoming increasingly divided over politics and policy, preserving and expanding every citizen’s right to vote must become a top priority.

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Hearing Both Sides: Perspectives on the NAACP-NYC Education Lawsuit

Rafiq Kalam Id-Din, founder and managing partner of Teaching Firms of America – Professional Preparatory Charter School and Zakiyah Ansari, a parent organizer with the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) and the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ), provide insightful commentary on the NAACP education lawsuit in New York.

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The Economic Status of Black Women in America

Lillian Bowie

We have seen tremendous progress among African American women with respect to economic and educational gains during the last several decades – Black women have made strides in politics, entertainment, medicine, social sciences, and government. Yet, African American women continue to face significant barriers due to gender discrimination in the labor market leading to major income disparities and chronically high unemployment, coupled with few limited opportunities for asset building and wealth generation.

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No Cake for Me Please! Silent Protest on the Anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education

Glynda C. Carr

Last month, the nation celebrated the 57th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision known asBrown vs. Board of Education of Topeka which dismantled the legal premise for racially segregated schools in theUnited States. As a conscious American, but more so as a public education advocate, I commemorated the occasion but refused to celebrate it. Not surprisingly, some people were a bit dismayed about my adamant stance to commemorate but not celebrate. After all, I am a direct beneficiary of this decision having been somewhat of an 80′s desegregationist student who attended a predominately white suburbanConnecticut school district for 12 years. But it is precisely for this and other reasons why I was motivated to make this one woman silent protest on May 17.

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Health Care Reform and Essential Benefits

Karen Boykin-Towns

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers hope to millions of Americans who will gain insurance coverage under it; and the definition of essential benefits plays a crucial role in turning that hope into a useful reality. As Secretary Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said recently:

The Affordable Care Act ensures Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. To achieve this goal, the law ensures plans offered in the new Health Insurance Exchanges, and in the individual and small group markets, offer a package of essential health benefits that are equal in scope to what employers typically offer today. (1)

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