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Kwanzaa 2021: Celebration or lamentation?, by James Clingman

For 50 years, Black people in the United States have celebrated the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Holiday greetings

Happy Holidays

Mobilize for voting rights, by Marc H. Morial

“After decades of struggle and a year of our leaders choosing the Jim Crow filibuster over our voting rights, our time is now. On this day of action, I call on Congress and the White House to eliminate the filibuster ...

‘No time to waste!’, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

There’s an obvious scheme afoot to return the United States to a period in time where we lived with a completely different social construct and contract.

Our dollars as a form of resistance, by Julianne Malveaux

Our nation’s gross domestic product, or GDP, is a function of consumer spending. We are prodded, cajoled, enticed and engaged in the spending exercise, and all that happens because money makes the world go round.

December surprise

We were slightly surprised — and a little amused — by some of the budget proposals put forth so far by outgoing Gov. Ralph S. Northam.

COVID-19 and the holidays

As we move into the holiday season, we urge all of our readers to not get carried away by the eggnog and the festive spirit. Rather, we hope everyone will remain vigilant against COVID-19 — to protect yourselves and your ...

Republicans of the past, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

As I write, the nation is preparing to lay to rest former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, one of the “old breed” of Republican politicians.

Reparations movement rising, by Julianne Malveaux

The late Congressman John Conyers Jr., who represented Detroit in Congress from 1965 until 2017, introduced HR 40 — The Commission to Student and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act—

The people deserve the right to decide the fate of the Lee monument pedestal

Re “On the way out: Gov. Ralph S. Northam orders removal of 40-foot granite pedestal that held Confederate Robert E. Lee’s statue on Monument Avenue, and for the land to be turned over to the city,” Dec. 9-11 edition:

Waiting for Harriet Tubman to appear on U.S. currency

When are we supposed to get the Harriet Tubman $20 bill that we were promised by the Democrats a few years ago?

Kudos for collective bargaining efforts and approval

Re “REA wins victory giving city teachers, staff collective bargaining authority” and “Trammell to introduce collective bargaining ordinance at next City Council meeting,” Free Press Dec. 9-11 edition:

Let the future begin

We commend the foresight and action of both outgoing Gov. Ralph S. Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney when it comes to the huge stone pedestal left on Monument Avenue after the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. ...

Hate floats; we hope not here

We read with interest a story about the 25th Annual Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade that took place last Saturday evening on the Yorktown waterfront.

Right-wing judges putting women’s health care at risk, by Ben Jealous

The political and legal movement to criminalize abortion in the United States is on the brink of its biggest victory in 50 years. Most at risk are people who already are among the most vulnerable in our country—Black and Brown ...