ENOUGH WITH THE RACISM IN THE ROOFTOP SOLAR INDUSTRY

Recently, news came out that the electronics retailer Best Buy, decided to reconsider their partnership with a company called Vivint. The partnership allowed Vivint employees to work inside Best Buy stores, to sell Best Buy customers products capable of reducing their home’s energy usage. The potential decision by Best Buy is apparently just business, but it is a welcome piece of news because Vivint seemingly has a problem with African Americans. Vivint isn’t alone when it comes to struggling with race. There has always been bigotry in this country. In 2018, thanks to the leaders of the civil rights movement who risked their lives fighting for equality and justice, things are much improved.

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT ROE

Senate Republicans hope to get Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, confirmed before October 1, when they will reconvene. Senate Democrats hope to hold on to any vote until after the November election when Democrats have the possibility of taking a majority in the Senate and giving Republicans a dose of their own medicine. Bravo to Senate Democrats who have not yet scheduled meetings with Kavanaugh. Dems are treating him slightly better than Republicans treated Justice Merrick Garland, President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, with a Republican majority in the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can schedule a hearing without Democrati

THE AUDACITY OF IDA B. WELLS

The crusading journalist, Ida B. Wells was born on July 16, 1862. Although she made her mark as a journalist, she was also a social worker, advocate, feminist, and organization leader. She too often gets short shrift in history, mainly because she did not go along to get along with the men of her era, crossing swords with the likes of Dr. WEB DuBois and Booker T. Washington. The same fierceness that pushed her to organize against lynching was the fierceness that propelled her to confront injustice within African American organizations and in women's organizations. Indeed, the historic 1913 Women's Suffrage March intended to either exclude Black women or to segregate them at the end of t

ROLAND MARTIN PLEADING OUR CASE

Kudos to Roland Martin, the pioneering journalist who has taken his departure from TV One and turned it into a digital platform. He'll be back with a daily program, but he'll be online instead of traditional media. He has financing from AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and he is also hoping for funding from us, the folks who say they miss the program and say they want unfiltered news. From his website, www.rolandmartin.com, you can join his #BringtheFunk support group and help Roland bring the funk! Roland has had it with the traditional media, and he is right to point out the lack of commentators and hosts on conventional media – the networks and

A WAKE-UP CALL FOR DEMOCRATS

I've never met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year old New York activist, but I am surely looking forward to it. This giant-slayer of an organizer (she worked for Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign) was out-spent, but certainly not out-worked, by her opponent, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY). Crowley had served in Congress for ten terms and was the fourth-highest ranking Democrat in Congress, one who had openly coveted Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's position as Minority Leader in Congress. He spent $1.5 million in his first primary race since 2004, while Ocasio-Cortez spent just a fraction of that. Congresswoman-elect Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (wow! It feels good to type that, and sh

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