Urban League’s Morial Urges Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Legislationt, Juvenile Incarceration Reform

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Washington, DC – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement in response to the introduction of criminal justice reform legislation: “As President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans, I am calling on Congress today to act now on two key legislative [...]

The State of Black America-By the Numbers: Part 1, Education – By @MARCMORIAL @NatUrbanLeague

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(To Be Equal #12) – There’s no other way to say it. Black America is in crisis. Over the past year, we have been bombarded with headlines that continue to drive home the longstanding challenges faced by Black and Brown communities in our nation. From the killings of unarmed Black males at the hands of [...]

Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz – The Metamorphosis of a Militant in Mecca

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By Marc H. Morial (To Be Equal) – “You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. [...]

Giuliani’s Words Do More than Hurt – They Divide

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To Be Equal #8 By Marc H. Morial – After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, I brought a delegation of mayors to meet with the city’s then-mayor, Rudolph Giuliani. The delegation’s goal was to help restore confidence in the still-traumatized city and help rebuild what had been so inhumanly destroyed. [...]

President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch for Attorney General – and We Applaud – @MARCMORIAL

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By Marc H. Morial (To Be Equal #45)  -  This past Saturday, I had the honor of visiting the White House for President Obama’s announcement of his choice to succeed Eric Holder, who recently declared his decision to retire, as Attorney General of the United States.  It had been rumored for days that Loretta Lynch, [...]

Bipartisan Jobs Bill Tackles Urban and Youth Unemployment

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by Marc Morial (To Be Equal #28) – Just when it seemed Congress was no longer capable of working together on any level to serve the best interests of the American people, on July 9 members of both parties in the House of Representatives joined forces to pass a new bipartisan jobs bill, the Workforce [...]

Don’t Play Politics with the Debt Limit – by Marc H. Morial, National Urban League

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(To Be Equal #41) – On September 21, one week before the first government shutdown in 17 years, President Obama addressed the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington. He told the 43 members of the Caucus and thousands of its supporters the same thing he has been telling the nation ever since, [...]

Raise the Minimum Wage Now – by Marc H. Morial

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“Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn’t right.” Rep. George Miller (To Be Equal #22) – In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the movement, which has lost much of its momentum. But what might have been lost [...]

Supreme Court To Hear Major Affirmative Action Case – by Marc H. Morial

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(To Be Equal #39) – On Wednesday, October 10, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that once again challenges the right of colleges and universities to consider race as a factor in ensuring that all students receive the educational benefits of diversity. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, [...]

Occupy the Vote – No Bullies at the Polls – By Marc H. Morial

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By Marc H. Morial (To Be Equal #38) – Last week, a new report by Common Cause and Demos, entitled “Bullies at the Ballot Box,” took direct aim at Jim Crow-like tactics designed to challenge and intimidate voters at the polls. The report especially notes the campaign of intimidation that is currently being waged by [...]

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