Author: Alicia Dhanifu

Urge lawmakers to support the Social Security Expansion Act

Today, one-third of the world is living longer. But will the money they’ve invested over the years last longer? With this question in mind, former US Rep. James Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt’s son, launched the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in 1982 to create some peace of mind and financial security for Americans. Today, average Social Security benefits range from $700 to $1,800 monthly. This is no windfall, yet the working poor and middle class are intentionally marginalized by those who have “dipped into” or intend to “drain and blame” the Social Security Trust Fund. Those...

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‘Nine Badass Women’ set standards for all to follow

More than 3.2 million people participated the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, with approximately 3.2 million more people marching worldwide in peaceful solidarity, calling for a “revolution.” Women and men were disgusted with the election outcome and potentially harmful policies and legislation to dismantle human, civil, reproductive rights and environmental policies. But just calling for change did not mean the battle was won. Far from it. This month marks 100 years since women have had the right to vote. US Rep. Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to serve in Congress in 1917. The Women’s March on...

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William Ellis, a son of former slaves who changed his name and became a millionaire in Mexico, never forgot his family

History seems to remember those who believed more than others in their own quest for power and immortality. Perhaps Napoleon expressed it best when he said, “Opportunities? I make opportunities!” I asked history professor Karl Jacoby, author of “The Strange Career of William Ellis the Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire”, why it was important to tell Ellis’, story. “Ellis,” Jacoby explained, “seemed to be impossible and captivating with an element of surprise.” Speaking English, yet also a Spanish-speaker, Ellis, the son of former slaves, changed his name to Guillermo Enrique Eliseo. His family was listed in the...

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Neither peace nor justice can be achieved without civil rights

No Justice, No Peace Clinches your teeth, forcing your cause into the streets Like a fever pitch with a battle cry Injustice strikes, then it lies You are no hero, so you realize “Yes, I’m marching, but I’m crying inside”   Like grapes on a vine, justice and peace are intertwined. Unless justice prevails, peace cannot. Those seeking justice seek fairness and moral defense from the oppressive snares of injustice. Justice never challenges truth, but truth never goes unchallenged by the unjust. Who are the unjust? They are the greedy and nefarious who have been the unwitting catalysts behind...

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How a man treats his family defines a father’s worth

On June 18, Americans celebrate Fathers’ Day. All dads who can and do provide for their families and establish peace in their homes should be applauded, because the institution of fatherhood in America is in crisis. Children rely on their fathers emotionally, spiritually and financially. Research shows infants in the womb are aware of their father’s presence. By early childhood, eighty-five percent of all children who demonstrate behavior disorders come from fatherless homes, as do 90 percent of homeless and runaway children. According to a 2012 report by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, “Individuals from father-absent...

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