Wisconsin’s primary election a few weeks back showed the nation how far and how callous some politicians (and elected Judges) will go to hold on to power. Instead of heeding the concerns of public health experts about holding an in-person Election Day in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the Republican legislature and the conservative state Supreme Court forced elections to go forward as scheduled. This left the mostly Democratic Milwaukee election officials to close over 90% of city polling places. Causing hours-long waits for thousands of patriotic voters, brave enough to risk infection, to participate in an important election.

For decades, our nation has been complacent in allowing unarmed Black and Brown community members to experience ever-escalating police violence and ostracization. Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Jessica Hernandez, Tamir Rice, Jonathan Ferrell, Oscar Grant, Antonio Zambrano-Montes and others like Anthony Hill here in DeKalb County. An alarming number of Black and Brown residents, killed by the police, who should be alive today.

Today, African-Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and are almost four times as likely to experience the use of physical force in an encounter with the…

“It’s too cloudy in Georgia for solar” was the oft-repeated refrain by the utility companies in Georgia for decades.

Georgia doesn’t get enough sun? I thought, confused, the first time I heard this, late 2011. The same Georgia that is a top agricultural state? The same Georgia that is the largest state in terms of land area, east of the Mississippi River?

I remember asking a south Georgia farmer in early 2012 — do you think it’s too cloudy in Georgia? Ha! replied the blueberry farmer, we need three things to grow our crops, a lot of water, a lot…

About ten years ago I found myself in between jobs and without a reliable vehicle. At first, I thought — no problem, I can walk everywhere I need to go, grab a ride from a friend, or just take the bus. But after just a few weeks of adding an extra 2–3 hours to my daily routine just to get the basics taken care of, the reality thousands of DeKalb residents live with every day sunk in — getting by in this county without a vehicle is difficult, by design.

Everywhere I needed to go whether the grocery store, a…


Since posting our Housing Strategy for All DeKalb policy paper, the COVID-19 pandemic has swept through communities here and around the world in a matter of weeks. These are uncertain times for all of us, especially those fellow Americans who are housing insecure or experiencing homelessness. The response to the pandemic is putting a spotlight on how we ensure housing stability during this time of crisis. Plainly put, housing stability is public health, it is economic resilience, it is protecting children, it is preeminent when discussing how we get through this as one…

Originally posted on Facebook on January 27, 2020

Dear Friends,

My career in public service started 7 years ago when I launched a campaign to become mayor of the most diverse city in America, Clarkston. Many considered it a long shot that a young, progressive candidate with a vision for improved services and quality of life, for creating a sense of community pride, for a government by the people, could be elected. We shocked the naysayers and not only won but worked to fulfill that vision.

Over the last seven months, I’ve traveled our beautiful state, meeting with thousands of…

April 20, 1999, is a date forever embedded in my mind. I was 16, sitting in my high school chemistry class when we saw the headline on CNN. Two teens went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The gravity of the massacre felt unreal. How could this have happened? Who could have done this? Why? What can we do to prevent this from ever happening again? These somber questions pressed on us, a group of students, barely old enough to drive, as the news unfolded.

In the 20 years since Columbine, we have lived with…

Marisol Rivera, left, a senior aide, demonstrating a Hoyer lift to two associate instructors, Maria Soto and Miguelina Sosa, at a lab at Cooperative Home Care Associates.CreditCreditHiroko Masuike/The New York Times

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on our country’s healthcare system and how we can make it the best in the world — for all. It is time for the United States to step up and provide universal health coverage to our communities. If countries like France, Israel, and Canada can do it, some of the most admired and coveted systems, we can too. It’s time to fulfill Franklin Roosevelt’s 84-year-old vision for our social security structure.

We’ve seen the debate between politicians on both sides rage for years and years now. The pundits have weighed the pros and…

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The federal minimum wage has not kept up with inflation and must be raised in order to bring millions of families out of poverty and battle income inequality across America.

My first job in high school was at Russell Dodge car dealership in Tallahassee, FL. I worked as a “car porter” — ferrying cars and trucks from the service bay to the back lot, the back lot to the mechanics, and from the mechanics back to the customers all day. At the time, it paid $6/hour, and I thought I was rolling in the dough. …

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Today is National Voter Registration Day. As a country, our voter turnout was around 60% in the previous presidential election, but there are millions of Americans still unregistered to vote. That’s why today, there are events all over the country seeking to register new voters and give people a voice in our democratic process. However, these registration efforts cannot address the systemic barriers put in place by federal and state law. Specifically, we can start to break down those barriers through:

Automatic Voter Registration

We should not make this complicated. National Voter Registration Day doesn’t need to exist. We need…

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