The Nation

on Oct 31, 2014 - 17:10 PM ET

NEWS FLASH: The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans.

And now that some Democrats are daring to point that out, in ads and interviews, the media is grabbing its smelling salts.

Mercy me! they’re cryingit’s...

US Politics, Media, Society
on Oct 31, 2014 - 15:42 PM ET
Abby Wambach

At some point in the near future, a Canadian tribunal will determine whether or not the 2015 Women’s World Cup will be the setting not only of guts, goals and glory but torn ligaments, stretched hamstrings and a profound level of disrespect. A group of the top players in the world, including US stars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, are suing soccer’s international ruling body, FIFA as well as the Canadian Soccer Association, over their insistence that the Cup be...

Feminism, Sports, Society
on Oct 31, 2014 - 15:00 PM ET

At the onset of Ferguson’s protests, Amnesty International USA deployed observers to monitor police interactions with the demonstrators. On October 24, the human rights organization released...

on Oct 31, 2014 - 14:55 PM ET
Colorado Senator Mark Udall

In June of 2014, Senators Mark Udall, Ron Wyden and Rand Paul offered a rare show of election-year unanimity when they penned a joint statement arguing that “it is more important than ever to let Congress and the administration know that Americans will reject half-measures that could still allow the government to collect millions of Americans’ records without...

on Oct 31, 2014 - 14:36 PM ET
Abortion-rights rally.

“Brady was a person. His life was worth defending.” So goes a campaign ad featuring a Colorado woman who miscarried after a drunk driver hit her in 2012. She was 8 months pregnant and had already settled on a name for the boy she expected to deliver soon.

Proponents of the personhood initiative on the ballot in that state, one of two nationwide that voters will consider Tuesday, say that...

Reproductive Rights, Health, States
on Oct 31, 2014 - 14:10 PM ET

Policing in the United States is racist. The “broken windows” theory of policing is racist. We criminalize people and behaviors based on racist and classist ideas. Police are a problem, not a solution. The diversity of a police department or its community relations are issues that are beside the point. Police are a reactionary force that upholds the status quo of a repressive state.

I make these arguments all the time, but I think it’s necessary...