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It was just last January when Tamika Mallory, prominent activist and founder of Mallory Consulting, co-chaired the Women’s March on Washington. The historic event set the tone for women. We claimed our power, reclaimed our time and fought harassment, while declaring a resounding #MeToo with no shame or guilt. Throughout history, it’s female pioneers like Mallory who have…

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  As the fight for prison reform in America continues to gain momentum, Dr. Benjamin F Chavis Jr. has successfully stepped to the forefront to be a leading voice in the discussion. As the president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Chavis has a bird’s ­eye view of where this issue falls within the consciousness…

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African American parents and school children in Chicago are being dealt yet another blow in the pursuit of the American dream — namely more impediments to getting a quality education in the City of Broad Shoulders. The Chicago Public School System announced that a list of school actions including closings, consolidations and boundary changes will…

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The definition of conspiracy is “an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons.” The word is used daily in state and federal courtrooms across the country to convict countless defendants in America’s famously failed War on Drugs. Anyone who has faced a federal conspiracy indictment knows the government…

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The number of African American men who are incarcerated now exceeds the number that was enslaved in 1850, despite historic lows in crimes. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, shared with an audience at the Pasadena branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, “more African-American men…

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