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The business of being Black never ends

August is Black Business Month, and it’s safe to say that most Black business owners agree that running a business is a 12-month marathon.

More trees, fewer guns, by Thomas P. Kapsidelis

By now we’ve all become familiar with maps showing how many millions of Americans have been exposed to historically dangerous weather conditions during this long, hot summer.

Kansans reject anti-choice proposal, by Ben Jealous

Red flags are flying for democracy and democratic values. We need to pay attention to the threats—and also to signs that we can work together to preserve our freedoms.

Roe v. Wade’s impact on professional women athletes, by Donald J. Adams Jr.

June 23 marked the 50th anniversary of Title IX — a federal law passed in 1972 that outlawed discrimination based on sex in educational institutions. For women in sports, the law enabled them to perform in athletics with equal funding ...

Who’s manning Richmond City Jail?

For several weeks the Richmond Free Press has reported ongoing violence at Richmond’s City Jail.

Plan won’t end economic violence, by Julianne Malveaux

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, signed into law on June 25, 2022, was a win for the Biden-Harris Administration.

MAGA meets fascism, by Clarence Page

As much as I call myself a zealot for free speech, I also find it prudent sometimes to remember the value of not speaking. Or, at least, in pursuit of reasoned discourse I will seek a substitute that sounds less ...

City Council collective bargaining vote is a win

I want to say kudos to Richmond City Council for voting and allowing most city employees to unionize.

How adults can avoid the summer slide

Most people are familiar with the summer slide, a term researchers use to describe what happens when grade-school students lose significant knowledge in reading and math over the summer break.

The oath of office should never be a lie, by David Marshall

Since 1789, only 45 men have held the Office of President of the United States, and each was required to take an oath of office. Regardless of political ideology, the Office of President is a position of honor and respect, ...

Protect freedom to marry, by Ben Jealous

We all know what people do tells you more about them than what they say. That’s true for politicians, too.

City’s bargaining agreement deserves applause

An end to a long-fought battle appears imminent with the announcement that the City of Richmond is poised to approve a collective bargaining ordinance that will allow city employees to unionize.

Internet privacy, like abortion rights, under siege, by Clarence Page

Having witnessed how much the world seemed to change after the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide, it has been stunning—although not too surprising—to see how much the world has tried to change back.

Absurdities rooted in right-wing, by Faye Williams

Years ago, I stated that the damage of a Donald Trump presidency wouldn’t be in his initial term(s), but in the future evil that he would sanction. It now appears that “crazies,” especially in the political arena, are crawling from ...

Abortion in Virginia must be protected

If you are a Black or Brown woman who is pregnant, living in Virginia, and want the right to become a parent, congratulations.

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