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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.

Trayvon Martin rally

How long are we supposed to remain calm when the laws we are called on to respect are an open assault on our humanity?

Moral Mondays

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

After the defeat of DOMA, the LGBTQ movement needs to push beyond marriage equality.

Gay rights activist arrested

In Russia, activists struggle against rising homophobia and a government crack down on LGBT rights.

Shujaa Graham

“I killed the thing that almost killed me,” said Kirk Bloodsworth, who faced execution in Maryland, the latest state to outlaw capital punishment.

Digital surveillance

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

Blogs

Morbid thoughts from the sex-advice columnist and founder of It Gets Better.

August 8, 2013

From the Dream 9, to the Dream Defenders, to San Francisco, to Chicago, young people mass for social justice.

August 2, 2013

The Nation spoke with a group of organizers about the challenges and horizons of the American student movement.

July 31, 2013

What does a concept like “climate justice” mean in communities already suffering the toxic impact of fossil fuels? An interview with Houston native and environmental-justice activist Bryan Parras of TEJAS.

July 25, 2013

Across the country, students are occupying capitols and hitting the streets for racial justice—and generational ideals whose time has come.

July 23, 2013

Trayvon Martin rallies were held across the country following the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict.

July 16, 2013

Some stories and lessons on fighting for the long haul from Martin Luther King Jr.’s bashful but bold former press secretary.

July 12, 2013

As John Roberts and John Boehner drop the axe, students build new fronts against racism and austerity.

July 9, 2013

The recent wave of attacks against women in Tahrir Square reveal that in our global rape culture, women's bodies can be used as both tools of war and casualties of “freedom.”

July 8, 2013

Texas has already implemented a voter id law—the most restrictive in the nation—that was previously judged to be discriminatory by a federal court and at least five other Southern states are pushing harsh new voting restrictions.

July 3, 2013