Archive for the ‘Ask Anita’ Category

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Trayvon Martin & Countless Others: Where Do We Go From Here?

Hands Up Dont Shoot

First of all, our thoughts and prayers go out to the mother, father and family of Michael Brown. There are no words of comfort that can ease the loss of your beloved child. Though we did not know Michael, we are grateful for his life, and certainly his death is not in vain. Our hearts […]

Leaning into Love: A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou


This week the planet became a little less poetic as we witnessed the passing of the iconic and incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou. For her son, Guy, my beloved friends, colleagues and others who were members of her immediate and most intimate extended families, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Having spoken […]

Message from Anita Estell: March on Washington, 50th Anniversary Reflection

Congressman John Lewis and Anita Estell

Congress is still on August recess, but activity in Washington, DC picked up this weekend with the March on Washington and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s I Have a Dream speech. Thousands of people from various walks of life participated on Saturday, and events will continue over the […]

Message from Anita Estell: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (MOW)

50th Anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Justice

The struggle for good paying jobs, quality education, housing and equality are fleeting notions for millions of Americans. Fifty years after the March on Washington (MOW) I find myself sobered by the level of despair and deprivation confronting so may people in the US.  I know folks who did all of the right things: went […]

Our Hearts and Prayers are With Families Across America: Message from Anita Estell

Candlelight Vigil for Newtown

There are no words to express just how deeply senseless violence affects not only those who have lost loved ones, but also affects us all. The tragedy that occurred in Newtown weighs heavily on our hearts and minds today. The issue of violence is so profoundly perplexing, until one shines a light on the simplicity hovering […]

Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor: Message from Anita Estell

Message from Anita Estell

Want a snapshot of where Americans stand on the issues? I received the following information from Allstate.  The note references the release of the Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor poll.  Interestingly, most of those polled support compromise and policy makers working together to invest in education, training, infrastructure and other activities that help our nation’s economic […]

Presidential Results: Rainbow Coalition Remix

Obama Reelection Coalition

Have you had a chance to take a deeper look at the Americans who re-elected President Obama? The People have spoken.  Or, rather, I should I say, the People of Color have spoken. Politics in America has officially tipped.  African Americans, Latinos, other ethnic subgroups, with an assist by LGBT and single women sent a […]

Message from Anita Estell: 2012 Elections: A Game-Changer for America

Message from Anita Estell

I have to admit, I was one of those people who expressed concerns that the GOP and views of a primarily conservative and racially monolithic contingency were gaining a foothold within the national public policy arena. Quite the opposite proved true, as evidenced in the 2012 November Elections. Instead of gaining a foothold or even […]

Message From Anita Estell: FEMA Conference Calls on Hurricane Sandy


Dear Friends, As I write this blog entry, the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. braces for Hurricane Sandy, which also has been dubbed Frankenstorm, in recognition of the Halloween Season.  Whatever you want to call it, the storm promises to disrupt life along the East Coast in significant ways.  If you are a business person, or […]

U.S. Supreme Court Healthcare Decision: Message from Anita Estell


The decision today by the U.S Supreme Court and the role that Chief Justice Roberts played in upholding the Affordable Care Act will be one for the history books. What a sight I witnessed at the Links Incorporated National Assembly meeting taking place in Orlando, Florida this week.  The thousands in attendance erupted in celebration. […]

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