1. We Hold These Truths to Be Self Evident: America’s Promise

    By Cryshanna A. Jackson Leftwich, PhD “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (Declaration of Independence).” July 4, 1776, marked the day that America declared its freedom […]

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  2. COVID-19 Changes Things – Kind of

    Everything about the 2016 presidential election (and the periods leading up to it) through this very day tells us that any sustainable progress for Black people remains at risk and under attack. We’ve all seen the data and continue to live in the reality that Black people, and other people of color, remain disproportionately impoverished, […]

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  3. The Census: Prison Gerrymandering & Undercounting Returning Citizens

    Similar to the three-fifths compromise, there are historical roots for voting districts favoring rural populations, which were increasingly white, that were politically motivated. Once there were more residents in cities, district boundaries were not re-drawn, effectively giving people in rural areas more districts per voter than their urban counterparts had. The one person, one vote […]

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  4. The Census: The Three-Fifths Compromise

    Our Constitution, often referred to as the supreme law of these United States of America, memorializes the debates of our founding fathers around the guiding principles, policies around governing, leadership, and basic citizen’s rights. The Constitution also details the distribution of seats in the House of Representatives. Article 1, Section 2 of the United States […]

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  5. Warning Signs for November

    Now that Black voters have gone to the polls on Super Tuesday, after resoundingly casting their votes for Joe Biden in South Carolina, we have a broader sense of their preferences in the Democratic presidential primary race. But it’s important to understand that defeating Donald Trump is not the sole motivating factor for Black voters […]

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