Friday, May 26, 2017

Marc H. Morial

( “After more than 250 years of debate, five constitutional amendments, decades of protest, and a handful of monumental Supreme Court decisions, the basic right of American citizens to vote in our elections is still not a settled matter. While minority voters no longer face literacy tests or have to guess how many marbles are […]

( The 2017 National Urban League Equality Index provides a veritable “line in the sand” from which to measure where the country goes from here.” — Valerie Rawlston Wilson, Ph.D.,“Overview of 2017 National Urban League Equality Index,” May 2, 2017. As of this writing, for 102 days our nation has watched as the Trump administration […]

( “No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live.  Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black […]

( “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” – Mahatma Ghandi Some people look at a budget proposal and see numbers.  At the National Urban League, we look at a budget proposal and see people. The Trump Administration’s preliminary federal budget proposal – the so-called […]

( “Overall, we conclude that there is an inadequate record to determine if Judge Gorsuch has a commitment to protecting and safeguarding civil rights and, therefore, we do not believe he satisfies the second prong of our requirement for endorsement. Based upon our review of Judge Gorsuch’s record, we have concerns that he has a […]

( “All the progress that we’ve made in controlling costs and improving how health care is delivered, progress that’s helped hold growth in the price of health care to the slowest rate in 50 years – all that goes away.  That’s what repeal means.  It would be bad for everybody.  And the majority of Americans, […]

( “Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions.” – Joyce Carol Oates, Author, New York Times, December 30, 1999 Don’t allow anyone to tell you differently. Symbols matter. Whether these symbols are flags, icons or names on buildings, symbols are shorthand […]

By Marc H. Morial ( “Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. We believed in American democracy – that with hard work and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings. We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be […]

By Marc H. Morial ( “Looming over this moment is the fact that the current Supreme Court vacancy is the result of more than 300 days of tremendous political obstruction that has undermined the integrity of the Court as an institution. Thus, any new Justice must be someone who will restore the standing of the […]

By Marc H. Morial ( “Foreign powers also will not be idle spectators. They will interpose, the confusion will increase, and dissolution of the Union ensue.” – Alexander Hamilton, 1787 The first few days Donald Trump’s presidency have seen what may be the beginning of the end of the Affordable Care Act, an average annual […]