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Bobby Seale at a “Free Huey!” rally on July 14, 1968, in West Oakland, CA

A new history of the party is too close to its subject, and misses the human drama.

An adopted child

I’d like to believe my sons’ best life is in my home, and not with their first families. But Christians committed to justice need to remember we are not entitled to other people’s children.

The neoconservative leading the fight over the legacy of Vatican II in the American Church.

Progressive activists can learn important lessons from a successful grassroots campaign against transit racism.

Myanmar police

Buddhism is marked by concern for the welfare of all “sentient” creatures. But when it is harnessed to ethnic intolerance and extreme nationalism, it can turn violent.

Walmart

The charges form the crux of a federal discrimination lawsuit that goes to trial this month.

A DNA analyst processes evidence

Collecting DNA upon arrest can identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. But it also amounts to an expanding racial dragnet.

Passover Seder plate

As The New York Times worries about the difficulties of preparing vegan food for Seder, what about the difficulties of celebrating a plague that killed all firstborn Egyptian children and animals?

A postcard featuring Pope Francis

There is nothing in Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s record to suggest that he will reform the Catholic Church.

Clarence Earl Gideon

In its historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that poor people have a right to a lawyer. But today, our system of indigent defense is shameful.

Blogs

An increasingly technologized world makes life easier… for some people, anyway.

September 29, 2014

President Obama gave a nod to women and girls of color, but critics say his racial justice initiative still misses the mark.

September 28, 2014

A majority of Americans believe the criminal justice system is racially biased, but it takes more than an acknowledgement to dismantle the system.

September 24, 2014

The city becomes the first in the nation to say 'no' to bans on sex-selective abortions.

September 19, 2014

Corporal punishment is an extension of respectability politics, the idea that when people of color behave “correctly,” racism can be overcome.

September 19, 2014

Forty days after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, America’s “justice system” continues to fail.

September 18, 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

New witnesses to the Michael Brown killing say he had his hands up when he was shot by police.

September 11, 2014

Senator Claire McCaskill will convene a hearing on Tuesday before a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

September 8, 2014

Increased police presence won‘t make “bad kids” any better.

September 5, 2014