Victor Narro: Self-awareness at all times during our work for justice helps keep us in a state of humility. Self- awareness of how we treat others and how we engage with our colleagues in campaigns and other activities guides us in the community we are trying to build. We must always be in the presence of this self-awareness.
David Love: 50 years since the march from Selma to Montgomery, we are reminded that institutional racism, racial disparities in wages and wealth, and discrimination based on color are still a harsh reality of American life. And we have a long way to go.
Frank Fear: Two public figures—Rudy Giuliani and Malcolm X, different in fundamental ways—share something in common. Each voice exemplifies a prominent political discourse in America—one conservative, the other progressive.
Peter Dreier: All American women who now have the right to vote owe a debt of gratitude to the women’s suffrage movement and to Alice Paul (1885-1977), who dedicated her life to the cause of women’s equality.
Unai Montes-Irueste: Intentions are irrelevant. Outcomes are all that matter for those already sleeping on the streets, already locked behind bars; already living in places where hard work and education afford one the privilege to perpetuate the Horatio Alger “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” lie.
Tom Degan: I suspect that – subtly at least – the “white victimization” fantasy will, once again, be a key part of the right wing’s attempt to appeal to the clueless American people.
Sincere Kirabo: Through unrest and civil disobedience, my predecessors chipped away at the indomitable iceberg of marginalization until more headway was realized. More, not complete.
Gene Rothman: “About three months into my six-month timeframe my father took a drunken swing at me and I defended myself by putting him to sleep. So I was thrown out.”
Sandra Susan Smith: One would be hard pressed to identify regions of the country or states in the union where blacks’ civil rights are not daily challenged.
Hector Villagra: Few people have given more and meant more to the ACLU than our dear friend, Marvin Schachter, who passed away today.
David Love: In his presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan promoted the idea of the “welfare queen” — the stereotypical inner city black woman who has numerous children out of wedlock, and buys drugs and Cadillacs with welfare money.
Larry Wines: There IS a reason why we still have a death penalty. Even if you oppose capital punishment with every fiber of your being, you must be able to see why it’s still there, when you are confronted with this.
Lawrence Wittner: Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.