The Teens of Parkland Have Both
By Marc H. Morial

( - This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? – President Barack Obama, prayer vigil for victims of Newtown shooting, 2012.

HIV Rates Remain High in the Black Community
by Frederick H. Lowe

( - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was Wednesday, February 7th, but if you missed the parade that acknowledged the day, you’re not alone because there wasn’t one.  There were some panel discussions. But discussions concerning HIV have largely gone silent because many people erroneously believe the disease has been defeated.

Access to Safe, Decent and Affordable Housing Threatened Across the Nation
by Charlene Crowell

( - In recent days, threats to the nation’s housing finance system have emerged. At the center of the controversy are two key issues: the obligation of mortgage lenders to ensure broad mortgage credit for all credit-worthy borrowers, and secondly, whether the nation will enforce its own laws banning unlawful discrimination.