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Articles by Dolores Cox

The Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears

June 10, 2015

Andrew Jackson was a Southern slave owner and former military commander in wars with Native nations. A grassroots campaign to remove President Andrew Jackson’s portrait from the $20 bill is receiving some attention. Why Jackson especially? A little history is necessary. On May 28, 1830, President [...]

Study exposes racism & why Black girls matter

March 30, 2015

All human life matters. But throughout U.S. history, that reality has been overshadowed by the doctrine and practice of white supremacy, the law of the land. Racial hatred victimizing people of color has always permeated U.S. society and dictates its policies, public discourse and individual [...]

Women’s inspiring role in Cuban revolution

March 21, 2015

Maritzel González from Federation of Cuban Women, March 14.WW photo: Anne Pruden Annually each March during Women’s History Month, the Federation of Cuban Women sends a delegation to New York City to attend the United Nations Commission on the Rights of Women. A forum was held March 14 honoring [...]

African-American jockeys battle racism

February 9, 2015

Isaac Burns Murphy The Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013.  It  opened in 1863, and became a summer getaway resort for tourists and wealthy socialites like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. In Long Island, N.Y., horse racing dates back to [...]

African Burial Ground exposes slavery

February 5, 2015

Yes, slavery existed in the North, too. New York was one of the largest centers of slaveholding in the U.S. In 1991, a gravesite was discovered during a dig for the construction of a new federal building in New York City’s Lower Manhattan area. It was 300 years old then. An 18th century map of [...]

Lynne Stewart reflects on a year free from prison

January 14, 2015

Lynne Stewart New Year’s Eve marked the one-year anniversary of the release from prison of people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart, who was imprisoned for “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.” Her client in the case was Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, whom the U.S. government labeled a [...]

The KKK and Ferguson

November 25, 2014

Domestic terrorism is not new in the United States. Following the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 freeing the enslaved Africans, and then the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction in 1865, the notorious hate group, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed that [...]

A look back to 1983: U.S. invaded, occupied Grenada

November 6, 2014

October 25 was the 31st anniversary of the U.S. invasion, occupation and bombing of the island nation of Grenada. The country had become nominally independent from Britain in 1974, but then was ruled by a repressive, eccentric Grenadian, Prime Minister Eric Gairy, who was supported by the United [...]

Central Park Five settlement finalized

September 19, 2014

Photo from a leaflet for an Oct. 29, 2012, protest for the Five. “This is now the icing on the cake,” said Raymond Santana, one of the Central Park Five. “My whole life has been about fighting this case. … Back in 1989, our voices were taken from us and we were silenced, and now, to [...]

Walking while Black — U.S. society divided by racism

September 8, 2014

The “crime” of walking while Black — and driving, shopping, sitting, standing and merely existing while Black — in the United States is often punishable by death.  This means death by police bullets from cops trained to shoot and kill. Control of and infringement on the right to freedom of [...]
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