When 95% of the income gains during the recovery from the Great Recession have gone straight to the richest 1%, and much of that is hoarded in overseas tax shelters, it's time for a new path. Instead of impoverishing people for greater profit margins, it's time to use those profits to help the lives of regular people.
Dear Marissa is my apology to Marissa Alexander, a black woman who was sentenced in Florida to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. Her retrial starts in July, and she is now facing 60 years
"Here [in the US] you’re a person of color so I’m just going to assume you are a criminal, stop you, frisk you, and assume you are doing criminal activity. It was really the same treatment I saw with Palestinians and African refugees."
I honestly had no intention on writing a song based on the trip I took to Palestine and Israel recently as part of a delegation of African-American activists and artists, sponsored by the Carter Center. I’m still having a difficult time processing what I witnessed. I spent much of the trip trying to get my head around how one group of human beings could be so inhumane to another group of human beings. I still can’t understand.