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April 7 marked one month since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Missouri. As the initial phase of the pandemic response ramped up and hospital systems announced testing in some parts of St. Louis County, many black elected officials, clergy and community leaders were left to justl…

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Guardians of the status quo – like Missouri’s Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt, the reactionaries at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards – are doing what they always do when their systems of power are called into question: they are resorti…

Hopefully this column finds you with an endless supply of toilet tissue, paper towels and bottled water, all the stuff necessary for self-quarantine and survival during a global pandemic, i.e., if you can afford it.

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Many restaurants operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Shoppers in the United States expect this; however, this orderly approach to gaining access to service lost standing in Italy. As COVID-19 spreads throughout the Italian country广西快3走势图side, the demand for respirators and ICUs exceeds the…

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St. Louis and St. Louis County have recorded their first deaths in our region that are a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The region confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 10, with the first few cases that followed noted to have been contracted from r…

The 广西快3走势图 U.S. Census began collecting information on March 12, and it is important that everyone complete their survey. The Census, which only happens every 10 years, counts every adult and child living in our country广西快3走势图. It helps our government figure out how much money each state gets for imp…

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which started in Wuhan, China广西快3走势图 in December 2019, has marched across the globe and wreaked a path of death and debility that may soon eclipse the great Influenza Pandemic of 1918. COVID-19 is now present in every continent except for Antarctic…

The new coronavirus presents an opportunity for Americans to reconsider what it means to be part of a sick society. The virus’ spread is hastened by systemic poverty, as potentially expensive treatments, no national sick leave guarantee, and school closures disproportionately affect lower-in…

What is a pandemic? A pandemic is a disease outbreak that is global in nature. Pandemics are well documented in the recorded history of humankind. A brief review of other pandemics sets the stage for our current challenge with the coronavirus or COVID-19, while providing lessons to inform a…

“If our people are not counted, they literally do not receive the resources necessary,” said Stacy Abrams, founder of Fair Count and former Georgia gubernatorial nominee. “And as a consequence, we have weaker infrastructure, we have terrible hospitals, we have doctor shortages, we have overc…

The situation with COVID-19 is worth watching for several reasons. The coronavirus has infected nearly 110,000 people and killed 3,800 people in 100 countries. Just recently, a case popped up in St. Louis County, so now our region is part of the growing global statistics.

Should student leaders receive harsher punishment over acts of youthful indiscretion, while officials and politicians receive mere slaps on the wrists or awards for their alleged actions or actual convictions? That question arose from what has become a local high school altercation gone wron…

We are cautioned by our black and white sisters and brothers to be careful in how we speak about racism and politics to white acquaintance. Some of these are intelligent, educated white folks who say they do not understand the black people's plight because they have struggles just as black …

I want to you to ask yourself a question. Take your favorite African-American pundits on your preferred cable news outlet and ask yourself when you’ve ever heard them discuss or analyze how any policy proposals by a Democratic candidate for president specifically relate to the condition of t…

For consumers, businesses, organizations and governments alike, annual budgets typically reflect not only line items but priorities as well. As A. Philip Randolph reminded us more than 50 years ago with the release of the “Freedom Budget”, such documents reflect the morals of our nation. Esp…

I first met Alderman Sam Moore in 2007, when I was a freshman building preservationist tilting at windmills as much to learn how to tilt as to strike the windmills. Moore had just taken office and had pressed the city’s Land Reutilization Authority to demolish some 39 vacant historic buildin…

According to the Thursday, February 13, edition of the Monitor, East St. Louis Superintendent Arthur Culver said, “We expect our teams to conduct themselves in a manner that will protect the safety of athletes, officials, coaches, and spectators at sporting events. We regret that our cheerle…

Barack and Michelle Obama are the most beloved couple that has ever graced the White House. The character, honor, and discipline of Barack Obama is beyond reproach. Michelle's status as a first lady is also above reproach, as shown by her grace, intelligence and character as a wife, mother…

Throughout my political career, I have believed in second chances. I believe that people can change. I believe that your past shouldn’t get to define you.

As Missouri’s legislative session opens, this is a great time to discuss closing the pay gap, a public policy issue deserving urgent attention. Also known as Equal Pay for Equal Work, it addresses the fact that men, particularly non-Latino white men, make more money than women doing the same…

Once upon a time in Washington, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act that also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). For the first time, a federal agency was charged to be the consumers’ financial cop on the beat. In its first four years, CFPB received 35…

When I was accepted to medical school coming out of Tennessee State University I knew very little about the long, arduous process ahead of me. Much like the community of HBCU collegiate faculty, family members, friends, and folks from my church 广西快3走势图 who were invaluable cheerleaders along my…

In 1998, the women’s unit of the Organization for Black Struggle read a piece by feminist bell hooks as part of our political education session. It totally changed our outlook about being black women. Inspired, we named ourselves Sistahs Talkin’ Back. I’ve been thinking about hook’s “Talking…

In 广西快3走势图, much of the hard-won rights championed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are under attack by the very governments charged to enforce both laws and regulations. Especially for Black America, rollbacks of much-needed programs jeopardize access to basic life needs such as nutrition, safe w…