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October 6, 2021
Closing Rikers Island Is a Matter of Life and Death
Isaabdul Karim wasn’t sentenced to death. In fact, he was never sentenced at all.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
August 23, 2021
Are Bans Against School Mask Mandates Against the Law?
The Biden administration may use disability rights legislation to require masks in schools.
David M. Perry
August 11, 2021
Thwarting the Republican Backlash Against Democracy
If the filibuster remains in place, the right to vote will be under serious threat, undermining democracy in the process.
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
July 29, 2021
Bob Moses: The Fullness of the Man
More reflections on the passing of “a straight cat.”
Charles M. Payne
July 23, 2021
The ‘Creative Chaos’ of Gloria Richardson (1922–2021)
The civil rights activist was a militant advocate for her community as well as a canny strategist.
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July 13, 2021
My Black Generation Is Fighting Like Hell to Stop the Whitelash
We are marching; we are writing; we are protesting—but the forces of white supremacy are still winning.
June 16, 2021
The United States’ First Civil Rights Movement
A new history charts the radical agitation around Black rights and freedom back to the early nineteenth century.
Kellie Carter Jackson
June 7, 2021
Why I’m Voting for Maya Wiley for Mayor
Progressives now face familiar dilemmas. Who shares my values? Who can win and govern effectively? And who do I want to make sure loses?
April 23, 2021
Walter Mondale’s Decades-Long Crusade for Fair Housing and the Full Promise of Civil Rights
To the end of his life, Mondale waged the battle against segregation he had joined as the sponsor of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
April 21, 2021
These Attacks on Maxine Waters Reveal the Grifter Politics of Republican Dog-Whistlers
Kevin McCarthy and Marjorie Taylor Greene would punish Waters for supporting the right to assemble and petition for the redress of grievances.