Ben Jealous

Ben Jealous

Ben Jealous is former president and chief executive officer of the NAACP. He is the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Maryland.

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Ashley Williams interrupted Hillary Clinton at a private event by unfurling a banner with the phrase "we have to bring them to heel" – a reference to comments she made in the 1990s while supporting a criminal reform bill pushed by her husband President Bill Clinton. Views
Friday, February 26, 2016
Forget What Hillary Said in the 1990s. It’s Her Current Positions That Trouble Me.
Many of Secretary Clinton’s supporters have suggested that there is no significant difference between her record and that of Bernie Sanders on criminal justice. They say, “He supported the 1994 crime bill too.” They miss the point. The biggest problem with Hillary Clinton’s record on criminal...
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The author says the outlook for income equality was brighter under President Johnson. (Photo: AP) Views
Friday, July 12, 2013
America's Yawning Racial Wealth Gap
This August marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Best remembered for Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the march served as a catalyst for national action on poverty and economic injustice. Though we have seen progress since 1963, the economic...
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At a time when voting rights are increasingly under attack, we should be expanding federal oversight of voting laws Views
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Don't Gut the Voting Rights Act
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will review the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark legislation that cleared barriers to the ballot box for all American citizens.
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Activists gather near the Lincoln Memorial in the nation's capital to participate in the "One Nation Working Together" rally to promote job creation, diversity and tolerance, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, in Washington Views
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
For Jobs, Justice and Education
For nearly two years, the loudest and most insistent voices in American politics have been on the extreme right.
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“I Am Troy Davis”: Supporters, Family of Georgian Man Executed in 2011 Push to End Death Penalty Views
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Saving Troy Davis
In late May, I went to Georgia, where I met with Troy Anthony Davis on Death Row. He has been there for eighteen years, and I wanted to speak with him. I came away convinced that he represents the most compelling case of innocence in decades.
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