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Lobby Day 2020: An affront to Dr. King

There was something eerie and insulting about the thousands of gun-toting lobbyists who packed the area around Capitol Square on Monday to demand that Virginia lawmakers not step on their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Resist efforts to divide people by Marc H. Morial

A report that hate crimes surged in America’s five largest cities last year has broken just as we honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the nation’s best known victim of a hate crime.

Can a woman win in 2020? by Julianne Malveaux

In a most unusual endorsement, the New York Times has endorsed both U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota for the Democratic nomination for president.

Rep. McEachin a ‘Johnny-come-lately’ on removing Confederate statues

Re “McEachin, Wexton call for replacement of Lee statue in U.S. Capitol,” Free Press Dec. 26-28 edition:

Central Va. African American Chamber of Commerce supports Navy Hill project

The Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce has enthusiastically endorsed the proposed $1.5 billion Navy Hill District Corp. program because the Navy Hill developers have promised to “maximize the capacity” of minority business owners.

Following directions

Dear Reader, This edition of the Richmond Free Press begins our 28th year of publishing. Our first edition — January 16-18,1992 — hit the streets with no internet, no smart phones and very few media outlets that populate today’s media ...

Are you safer today? by Dr. E. Faye Williams

We have an impeached president in our country because he has done so much destruction to our country. He has even destroyed who others believe we are.

We must listen to the ancestral warriors by A. Peter Bailey

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, it will be to our advantage to pay much closer attention to serious guidelines from some of our most brilliant and committed ancestral warriors.

Trump’s claims of privilege are above the law

Re Editorial “Trump, Iran and answers,” Free Press Jan. 9-11 edition: The GOP has supported Number 45 for three years in his move to destroy the country. The killing of a contractor in Iraq who made good money for working ...

Attracting new voters

Re Column, “The next debate,” Free Press Jan. 9-11 edition:

Remembering Dr. King

The nation on Monday, Jan. 20, will celebrate the life, works and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a nation divided, angry and unsure of what to expect and what we should be doing.

Opportunity time

The 2020 Virginia General Assembly session started on Wednesday with several historic markers of note.

Trump, Iran and answers

Now that President Trump has pushed America to the brink of war in the Middle East, we want answers.

The next debate, by Julianne Malveaux

Democrats started this presidential campaign season with more than 20 candidates. Eventually, it dropped to about a dozen, with, so far, only five of those “qualified” to appear on the next debate stage this month.

Emancipation Proclamation still under attack, by Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

Jan. 1 marked the anniversary of a new America. On Jan. 1, 1863, as the Civil War approached the end of its second year, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the ...

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