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Opinion
The whitewashing of education – and how to stop it
No matter how much the right derides the word, the Black community needs to stay woke. In recent years, we’ve witnessed a disturbing trend that threatens the foundations of our democratic society: the rise of book bans, curriculum censorship and attacks on historical narratives in our educational institutions.
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Investing in tomorrow: Clean energy as the path to prosperity for all
On Earth Day 1993, I delivered the first major speech of my life. It was in New York City’s Bryant Park, kicking off a nationwide tour to rally opposition to the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
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Love for the outdoors is a gift that pays forward
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Love for the outdoors is a gift that pays forward
When we see a 75-year-old white man out in the woods with a group of Black and brown kids from low-income neighborhoods, teaching them about nature, few of us assume he is there because that is where he feels most comfortable.
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Structural racism’s toll on Black families in court
Black individuals and families often face barriers to equal justice in court due to limited access, racial bias, and difficulties representing themselves when legal representation is unavailable or unaffordable.
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Capitalism is not a God-ordained economic system
Black scholars and activists have a long history of calling capitalism to the carpet for its purposeful mistreatment of Black people, and really all people who aren’t hyper-wealthy.
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A full-court press to get the lead out
As a volunteer restoring six-story walk-ups in Harlem in the early 90s, I saw how lead paint chips and dust were wreaking havoc on the kids in those low-income buildings.
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It’s more than just a housing crisis
Milton’s vote to ignore the MBTA Communities Law ignores the twin realities of our climate and transportation crises and what they mean for environmental justice communities.
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'Bank of Mom and Dad’ isn’t always an option for Black young adults
Parents want the best for their children — to see them thrive, graduate college, get a good job, and start a family of their own. Young adults turn to their parents for advice and, on occasion, financial assistance to achieve these key milestones of adulthood.
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Opinion
Highway robbery in Alabama
Imagine the neighborhood your family has lived in for more than 150 years being turned into a deteriorating flood zone. Now imagine the flooding was caused by the state. That is what is happening to the people of Elba, Alabama’s historic Black Shiloh community.
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The way to recognize Equal Pay Day — finally pay women their fair share
President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which was the first federal legislation to prohibit sex discrimination in the payment of wages. At that time, women only earned 60 cents for every $1 earned by a man. Sixty-one years later, it’s unbelievable that women are still coming up short
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Opinion
Let the work begin
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin shared these profound words as part of an essay published in 1962 for The New York Times. Having recently released Embrace Boston’s Harm Report, the resonance of Baldwin’s words in today’s context is striking.
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Opinion
Fight for the freedom to learn
A little over a year ago, the College Board unveiled its long-awaited draft AP African American Studies curriculum. What happened next was sad — and all too predictable.
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