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My Neighborhood: A Look Back

By Mark Naison When Liz and I moved to Park Slope in 1976, the neighborhood still bore scars of a decade of disinvestment exacerbated by the city’s fiscal crisis. Abandoned buildings dotted 7th Avenue south of 9th ...
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We Are All “Illegals”

By Mark Naison The use of the term “illegals” in reference to undocumented immigrants perplexes me as much as anything else in the current political landscape—truly a case of the pot calling the kettle black....
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To Trump or Not to Trump

By Jerry Ward Many people would sleep better at night if Donald Trump were a cartoon character in an Aaron McGruder film. To paraphrase Ralph Ellison, Trump isn’t one of our ectoplasms; he is a human being of substance, ...
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Hillary Clinton and Political Revolutions

By Erica Ewart I keep seeing and hearing the words “political revolution” in the Huffington Post, CNN.com, and any reference to the Democratic primaries. I expect to see, well, a revolution. Instead, I get a White, strai...
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When Rebranding Takes a Vile Turn

By Daniel Rivera When does the madness end? When will realtors, who never cared about impoverished areas, get the message to do the right thing with regard to their new investments? The answer to these questions apparent...
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I’m Not His Girlfriend: Sexism in Leadership

By Rhonda Bayless As a community leader, you’re blessed to enter many different spaces and come across various types of people. This is the joy of doing the work in the community and of being a servant leader. When you &...
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Are You on Probation or Parole?

By Marlon Peterson Dear Media, If you are receiving this letter, it is because I was gunned down or otherwise brutally killed by the hands of a police officer or a random white person by mistake; or in self-defense; or &...