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Civil Rights (32)

Monday, 28 January 2013 15:42

FDR's Four Freedoms: Diminished and Defiled

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If asked why we live in a great country, an American is likely to respond: "Because we are free." Fortunately for the respondent, explanation is rarely required. Freedom is difficult to define, and today it seems to exist more in our minds than in reality

Monday, 21 January 2013 14:51

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

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Today Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is viewed as something of an American saint. His birthday is a national holiday. His name adorns schools and street signs. Americans from across the political spectrum invoke King's name to justify their beliefs and actions, as President Barack Obama will no doubt do in his second Inaugural speech and as gun fanatic Larry Ward recently did in outrageously claiming that King would have opposed proposals to restrict access to guns.

New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent

Saturday, 29 December 2012 15:37

Wounded Knee 122 Years Later

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December 29th marks the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It is a story that remains fresh in the lives of many indigenous peoples across America. Each generation is taught to never forget.

The California Democrat's disgusting rhetoric recalls the worst of Dick Cheney while advancing Obama's agenda

Thursday, 27 December 2012 20:03

Justice at Stake: Chief Theresa Spence Inspires a Nation

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Launched in the shadows of Parliament Hill two weeks ago, the hunger strike by Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence goes on. There is little to be heard from the federal government or Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but a cowardly silence.

The 'Idle No More' movement, a campaign of grassroots First Nations protests, has spread like wildfire over the past week in response to bills passed by the conservative Canadian government.

Thousands of teenagers, some as young as 14 or 15, are routinely subjected by US prisons to this psychological torture

Thursday, 02 August 2012 19:04

Texas’ next dubious execution

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The Supreme Court said it's illegal to execute the mentally retarded. But Texas has found ways around the ruling

Saturday, 16 June 2012 19:17

The stop-and-frisk crisis

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Instead of curtailing gun violence, the law has marginalized another generation of young males of color


New York City has a serious problem. Its problem is how it treats black and Latino males — especially black and Latino males of the hiphop era. You have to wonder if the city actually wants us here. If so, why did the New York Police Department, in 2011, stop, question and frisk a record-breaking 684,330 black and Latino males, with 41 percent of those stop-and-frisks being youth between the ages of 14 and 24?

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