Julianne Malveaux: We seem to accept poverty as something we can do nothing about. We walk by homeless people on the street, drive past homeless encampments under freeways. Some of us roll up our noses and are appalled by the odors that some homeless emit without wondering why there are odors and whether there are places where they can get showers or a bath.
Julianne Malveaux: The Poor People’s Moral Budget has the theme, ‘Everybody Has the Right to Live’. The budget would cut $350 billion in military spending, while increasing taxes on the wealthy, corporations, and Wall Street. It represents a paradigm shift from our nation’s current focus on militarism to a focus on human needs.
Julianne Malveaux: Like the white men who lynched Mary Turner, our President ‘takes exception to remarks by Ilhan Omar as well as her attitude.’ Without accusing Trump of lynching, one can accuse Mr. Trump of being a racist and hostile to Black women. Omar isn’t the first he went after, and she won’t be the last.
Julianne Malveaux: As long as some see poverty as a personal, not structural failure, it is easy (and acceptable) to demonize the poor, and even to criminalize them for their poverty.
Julianne Malveaux: The Poor People’s Moral Budget has the theme, ‘Everybody Has the Right to Live’. The budget would cut $350 billion in military spending, while increasing taxes on the wealthy, corporations, and Wall Street. It represents a paradigm shift from our nation’s current focus on militarism to a focus on human needs.”
Julianne Malveaux: Democracy dies when tyrants prevail, and when we have seen a prevaricator, a provocateur, a philistine, and a panderer occupy the Oval Office. Why? Because predatory capitalists gain from the elevation of a braggadocious tyrant who, while feeding their bottom line, is behaviorally uncontrollable.
Julianne Malvieux: The hapless Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, forgot his place and was publicly and unacceptably disrespectful to Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Julianne Malveaux: Who rescinds an award after it has been granted for statements that were not recently made, but are a matter of record? Angela Davis has long been an outspoken activist.
Julianne Malveaux: The issue should not be one of who is the most sensational, but who has the most focused program, and the basis of the Democratic program must be economic justice for working Americans.
Julianne Malveaux: While our “democracy” is weighed against people who live on the margins, who don’t have driver’s licenses, who don’t vote regularly, who move frequently, we ought to be focused on ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to vote.
Julianne Malveaux: Patriarchy places men at the center of life, and women at the periphery. It suggests that women do not matter. It allows for the subjugation of women when they attempt to enter public spaces that have previously been earmarked as ‘male’ spaces.
Julianne Malvieux: The new leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency has been pressured to relax payday-lending rules. Several states have bowed to the pressure to support the payday lender that exploit low-income, mostly Black and Brown, communities.
Juliaqnne Malveaux: Few names are more lauded in Black Women’s History than that of Madame CJ Walker, the woman who used herbs, hair knowledge, and a hot comb to create an empire.