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Protest in New York City's Union Square against the killing of Trayvon Martin

A thousand demonstrators gathered in Union Square to call for the prosecution of George Zimmerman, Martin’s killer. More protests are planned across the country.

Fred Shuttlesworth

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a giant of the civil rights movement known for his decades of work in support of desegregation, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama.

Musician Carlos Santana spoke out at Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game in Atlanta against a new law that shreds the civil rights of Georgia's latino population. The crowd booed him.

In 1963, Jackson stood with Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. For last weekend's One Nation rally, Jackson traveled to DC from Detroit, a city in dire need of sustainable jobs.

One month before voters head to the polls for midterm elections, tens of thousands of progressive activists from across the country converged on the Lincoln Memorial Saturday to take part in the One Nation Working Together March on Washington.

The radical ideas of one generation become the common sense of the next. Here, Peter Dreier honors the people who moved progressive ideas in America from the marginal to the mainstream.

Ari Melber discusses immigration reform and Crist’s switch to Independent on The Dylan Ratigan Show.

Over a thousand gathered to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and to pass the torch to a new generation.

Under Obama, accountability for rights violations during the "war of terror" has been thin.

Blogs

Occupy is planning to “occupy the dream” by occupying offices of the Federal Reserve across the US.  

January 2, 2012

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig just doesn't get where change historically actually comes from.

October 27, 2011

 Tea Party Congressman Allen West says of Occupy Wall Street: “Martin Luther King Jr. would not have backed these types of protesters." Kings history, and his own words, say otherwise.

October 19, 2011

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