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Faced with police brutality, white hostility and entrenched racism, young activists are showing the world a new kind of resistance.

FBI

The case of Ayyub Abdul-Alim fits a decades-long pattern of government criminalization of African-American Muslims.

Protestors confront police

History suggests that progress in racial justice comes only when American leaders see it as crucial to US geopolitical interests.

Like the Civil Rights Act, the Wilderness Act brought about justice, but also compassion for the planet.

Ida B. Wells

Black women have made connections between their struggles and those of black men since the 1800s.

Solidarity protest

We all have different places in the racial hierarchy. But we can still work together for justice.

Jack O'Dell

The career of Hunter Pitts O’Dell is a crucial episode in the hidden history of American radicalism. 

Jesse Jackson

Jackson explains how Southern politics dangerously mirror the Old Confederate South and why it’s time for another Reconstruction

Protest

There is much to celebrate in Mississippi, and yet America still needs a year of action on voting rights.

Moral Mondays

The state’s rightward lurch mobilized thousands, but the progressive movement behind Moral Mondays has deep, enduring roots.

Blogs

The stalking, harassment and defaming of women online shows the importance of cyber civil rights. 

October 10, 2014

Voting and movements help create representative democracy.

October 3, 2014

Civil rights groups bring power back to North Carolina voters by challenging a restrictive voting law.

October 1, 2014

Either neither of them have a place on college campuses, or both do. 

September 15, 2014

There’s debate over whether federal government involvement will make a difference in Ferguson. Cincinnati, site of a police shooting in 2002, offers clues on how to address racially biased policing.

September 12, 2014

A big victory for voting rights in a key battleground state

September 4, 2014

Mychal Denzel Smith appears on Melissa Harry-Perry to explain why we need a national movement to dismantle white supremacy. 

September 2, 2014

The country’s most stringent voter ID law is once again challenged in federal court.

September 1, 2014

If the anti-abortion movement could rouse itself to oppose spraying a civilian population with miscarriage-causing chemicals, it might actually make a difference.

August 19, 2014

Protesters marched to Governor Jay Nixon’s downtown office building, demanding that he withdraw National Guard troops from Ferguson.

August 18, 2014