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MLK Mural

On city walls across the country, muralists and street artists depict him as a statesman, visionary, hero and martyr.

March on Washington

Fifty years after King’s historic march, the struggle for racial justice faces unprecedented challenges.

Moral Mondays

An inspiring grassroots movement is fighting back against the GOP’s outrageous budget cuts and attacks on democracy.

Digital surveillance

Search engine executives warn about invasive government surveillance, but the digital arms trade begins with their own technologies.

Proposition 8 opponents

Gay rights advocates were hoping that the Court would issue a broad ruling, but the justices seem most concerned with issues of standing.

Rosa Parks

The memorial to Parks turned her into a meek and redemptive figure—instead of the radical freedom fighter she was until the end of her life.

It’s time to tie worker rights to “Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall.”

Those claiming Occupy has failed already forget what other social justice sucesses have taught us: change is slow. 

How do you put a human face on an injustice that so often goes under the radar?

Blogs

Will Troy Davis be forgotten with the next news cycle? That’s up to us, not the media.

September 28, 2011

Here are the words of Troy Anthony Davis, due to be executed today by the state of Georgia

September 21, 2011

Activists challenging Walker administration assaults on public education and on college students from immigrant families disrupt Wisconsin legislative hearing with a reading from the Declaration of Independence.

June 3, 2011

The great scholar of the African-American political experience urged us: “If we can dare to dream politically, let us dream of the world as it should be.”

April 2, 2011

To mark Black History Month, here's a list of groups working to confront the persistent and pernicious stain of racism.

February 14, 2011

Both Ronald Reagan and Hubert Humphrey were born in 1911. Reagan said: "If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes... it is his right to do so.” Humphrey embraced "the great fight for civil rights in America!" No wonder Reagan called Humphrey "one of the ablest men in public life.” 

February 6, 2011

“The only genuine elite is the elite of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity," declared the Kennedy man who forged the Peace Corps and the War on Poverty.

January 20, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the guru of the Tea Party Constitutionalists, sees no protection against discrimination in the Constitution. NOW says:  "As long as there are men in power in this country who keep women down, we need an explicit guarantee of equality in the Constitution."

January 6, 2011

Fox's silliest self-promoter tried to claim a piece of the civil rights legacy. But the anniversary march that mattered was in Detroit, where the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the UAW's Bob King called for jobs, justice and peace.

August 28, 2010

Beck and his followers say they are out to "reclaim the civil rights movement." It would be comic if it was not so sad.

August 28, 2010