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Obama

What happens when the black experience is relegated to background noise?

If it’s all about handing out gold stars or scarlet letters to CEOs and celebrities, then I’ll pass.

Conservatives are suddenly very unhappy to see moral judgments about sex and families invading the corporate realm.

Scaffold Brigada

In the London neighborhood of Forest Gate, the spark of a soccer revolution is brewing.

Stop and Frisk

The cases that passed through Manhattan’s US Southern District court tell the history of post-World War II America.

Housing protest

International law can be a powerful advocacy tool for improving economic and social policy. 

Arizona gay rights protest

After the defeat of Arizona's SB 1062, the religious right nurses its persecution complex.

Chokwe Lumumba

The mayor of Jackson, Mississippi was a true revolutionary.

Yaoundé Prison

Anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda provoke outrage in the US—but Cameroon has quietly been locking up LGBT people for years with little international notice.

Blogs

Students chained themselves to board members chairs and derailed the introduction of a controversial resolution targeting ethnic studies programs in Tucson schools.

April 27, 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

With right-wing assaults on women’s rights and reproductive health growing fiercer by the day, we can all draw strength from the committed struggle women from around the world have waged in pursuit of full gender equality.

March 8, 2011

Gov. Walker's power play isn't about the pay and perks of public employees. It's an attack on basic democratic rights.

February 24, 2011

Protests in Cairo and Wisconsin—and Stéphane Hessel's French bestseller Indignez-vous!—should serve as reminder of the power of outraged, united citizens to enact important change.

February 17, 2011

Morocco, long considered one of the most stable Arab countries, is not immune to the unrest sweeping the region.

February 17, 2011

 As the right works to portray Obama as a socialist, John Nichols explains how positive socialist ideals have been blacklisted from our political discourse.

February 15, 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

For Bobby Mitchell, integrating the last whites-only football team in the NFL was a greater challenge than most Americans can grasp, and remains part of a period in sports history few even know about.

February 9, 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