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on Jun 2, 2015 - 14:29 PM ET
 Edward Snowden

From the Cold War to the Patriot Act, librarians have fought to defend privacy against the intrusions of the security state. This resistance, which I wrote about a few weeks ago, has come both from individual librarians like Zoia Horn, and from the American Library Association, which lobbies on legislative issues in Washington and advocates broadly for intellectual freedom.

However, there...

on Jun 2, 2015 - 12:24 PM ET
Edward Snowden

If we are to believe the same set of intelligence officials who have repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to lie in order to protect the secrecy of their nefarious surveillance activities, the people of the United States are currently living—for the first time in the better part of a decade—without the federal government collecting information about every e-mail they send and every phone call they make. It has been raining for the past three days here in...

on Jun 2, 2015 - 11:31 AM ET

One thing that sets the current racial justice movement apart from its predecessors is the intentional centering of voices that have previously been marginalized—even within movement spaces. While the media still primarily pay attention to institutionalized racism when a black heterosexual cisgender man is killed by police, organizers on the ground are looking to grow a movement that ensures liberation across sexual, gender, and class identity.

In my second...

on Jun 2, 2015 - 11:01 AM ET
Sam Brownback

Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.

“My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, ‘See, we’ve got a different way, and it...

Politics
on Jun 2, 2015 - 09:58 AM ET
Black retail workers at Walmart

The second-largest source of jobs for black people in the country is also one of the worst industries to work in. Although big retailers tout their “entry level” positions as a path to the middle class, retail work is built on dead-end jobs that perpetuate racial inequality.

A new report by the think tank...

on Jun 2, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
Indian Citizenship Act

More than three years before the passage of the act granting US citizenship to Americans, who had been excluded under the citizenship provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment, The Nation had considered the question in an essay, “Should the Pueblo Indians Be American Citizens?” Its author was Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, a prominent journalist of the era, who objected to the...

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