For 13 weeks, the North Carolina state house in Raleigh was the focus of “Moral Mondays” — a progressive movement organized by the state’s NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, in […]
This summer, in major cities like New York, Seattle, Washington DC, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis, thousands of workers have taken to the streets protest workplace abuse, poor working […]
Attorney General Eric Holder may be getting a reputation for saying what President Obama can’t, thanks to the irony of a black president. While Obama has shifted from calling for […]
The Senate didn’t quite go nuclear, but it came as close as it has in a long time. Close enough, in fact, to break through some Republican obstruction of presidential […]
After the 2009 arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., I and many other African-American writers shared our experiences of “Black Man 101″; a lifelong course in survival and behavior modification […]
Two weeks ago, with two rulings in two days, the Supreme Court gave a whole new meaning to what W.E. DuBois described as a “double consciousness” or a “two-ness” of […]
Remember the Washington Post article claiming that the "bad stuff" that was supposed because of the sequester didn’t, and thus sequestration can’t be all that bad? Well, the sequester is […]
I’ve written a few times about how austerity has done a number on Portugal. It’s increased inequality, shrunk the economy, increased the country’s death rate, driven unemployment to record highs, […]
In "Finishing the March: African-Americans and the Jobs Deficit," I attempted to explain how the disappearance of good jobs, with benefits, and livable wages hit African-Americans particularly hard.
I got a check from the U.S. Treasury in the mail this week. It was both a surprise and a mystery. It was a surprise, because I wasn’t expecting any […]
For just a second, I mistook the Washington Post for Peggy Noonan. That’s how unbelievably out of touch with reality and the lives of ordinary Americans a recent Post article […]
Immigration reform has really got Republicans tied up in knots. Only 14 Senate Republicans voted for immigration reform, even after two weeks of debate, and with the addition of beefed up border security measures.
"If any of you can show just cause why these two may not lawfully be married," goes the familiar line from the marriage liturgy, "speak now; or else for ever hold your peace."
Waking up this morning, after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, is a lot like waking the morning after your wedding day/night. Something momentous and life-changing […]
We are citizens. That's what I said to my husband, when I called him moments after getting the news that the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
As I wrote last week, I’m pretty much used to white conservatives peculiar relationship to America’s peculiar institution. Whether they’re defending it, or using it to define everything and anything […]
Think of it as a two for one deal. Not only do our tax dollars subsidize low wages, but taxpayers also subsidize the wage theft that usually goes hand in […]
In “The Unfinished March,” the first in a series reports from the Economic Policy Institute, economist Algernon Austin outlines the “unfinished business” of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and […]
Republicans have a long and peculiar relationship with America’s “peculiar institution.” White conservatives can’t stop talking about it. One minute they declare that African-Americans should “get over slavery,” The next minute, […]
When Paul Ryan first introduced his first “Path to Prosperity” budget proposal, he framed it as an attempt to build upon the “successful” welfare reform of the late 1990s. At […]
Protests in Athens and all across Greece have not abated since the ERT shutdown last week. If anything, they've intensified, into a genuine political crisis, raising talk of early elections as the ruling coalition struggles to avoid collapse
Today I had the honor of being one of few men to join the panel on WETA’s “To The Contrary,” with Bonnie Erbe, for a Father’s Day edition of the […]
The IMF has “acknowledged major mistakes” in Greece’s bailout, and admitted to seriously underestimating the severity of Greece’s downturn. Yet the Greek government continues with draconian spending cuts, in order […]
The last couple of months in Washington have been punctuated by burst of excitement as policymakers and pundits reacted to what to them was good news for the economy. The […]
Late last week, I was invited to be a debater in today’s New York Times “Room for Debate” online discussion. The debate is focused on last week’s news that mothers […]
Something’s happening out there, in fast food restaurants, retail shops, and other places where people work for minimum wage or minimal wages, and don’t earn enough to live on. It […]
Washington may be in for a very hot summer. I don’t mean the usual sweltering heat and suffocating humidity that are just a natural part of living in a former […]
Even before the winds died down in his home state, Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn insisted that additional disaster relief be "paid for" by cuts elsewhere in the federal budget. The truth is, there is already money in the budget to cover it.
President Obama has promised Oklahoma “everything that it needs right away” to begin the process of recovering and rebuilding, after the massive tornado touched down in the state on Monday, […]
Did you know that Washington, DC is the 9th most expensive American city to live in? Did you also know that thousands of private sector workers whose jobs are supported […]
Low-wage workers organized by Good Jobs Nation are coming to Washington, DC to rally for living wages. It will take place on Tuesday, May 21st, at 12:00pm, at Columbus Circle, in front of Union Station.
It's official. Minimum wage workers going on strike is no longer a mere trend. It's a movement. Not that there was ever any doubt, after minimum wage workers in several major cities walked off the job demanding better wages and treatment.
Yesterday I wrote about how obstructionist Republican tactics are hollowing out our government, hobbling its agencies, and diminishing its responsiveness to the needs and concerns of ordinary Americans. Nowhere is […]
Republicans in Congress have a new tactic for shrinking government: making sure that nobody’s there to run it. Well into the president’s second term, an alarming and unprecedented number of […]
I told you so. When minimum wage workers in Chicago, IL went on strike, I said that the movement to raise the minimum wage would not go away. When fast […]
It started in New York City, and last month it happened again in Chicago. Today, the movement for decent wages is taking another big step forward in St. Louis, Mo., […]
If, like me, you’re a working parent or any other adult struggling to balance the demands of work and family, you know the two biggest challenges to pulling off that […]
Adam Lanza. James Holmes. Jared Lee Loughner. Seung-Hui Cho. These names instantly bring to mind some of the worse mass shooting massacres of the last decade or so. But they […]
Reports of austerity’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Yes, austerity has been on the ropes recently, since it was revealed the whole thing was based on a sloppy spreadsheet by a […]
Here's one for the "We Told You So, Republicans" file. As it turns out, when you cut government spending arbitrarily and across-the-board it can affect things that your care about and rely on.