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Brooklyn Is Burning

This morning I woke up in a curfew O God, I was a prisoner, too, yeah! Could not recognize the faces standing over me They were all dressed in uniforms of brutality. . . . [T]hats why we gonna’ be burnin’ and a-lootin’ tonight —Bob Marley, “Burnin’ and Lootin’” Can protestors be patriots? Can looters

Inequality Is Hurting Us All

Inequality hurts us all. Imagine if you could go back 45 years to 1968. That year, after three decades of creative policy from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal through President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, the United States was one of the world’s most equal nations. Now imagine that instead of falling into the

Now the Work of Movements Begins

Since the November election much attention has been paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate’s

Super PACs and Female Candidates

The landmark Supreme Court case: Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission established that government cannot restrict independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. While this strongly impacts all candidates for congress, women campaigning for public office have felt the blunt end of the 2010 court decision. Three of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices are

Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Interview

Sarah Weddington won a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion. Four decades later, she sees access to the procedure under attack. “We’re trying to reach out to a younger generation who frankly doesn’t remember when abortion was illegal.” (3186 Words) –  By Rosette Royale Websites that list traditional anniversary gifts suggest that for a person

The Courage & Vision of Medgar Evers

“One hundred fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after the March on Washington, we celebrate the spirit of our ancestors, which has allowed us to move from a nation of unborn hopes and a history of disenfranchised votes to today’s expression of a more perfect union . . . Where our paths

Is Springfield America's Second Gayest City?

Springfield, Massachuestts was chosen as the Advocate’s second most LGBT friendly city in America this January, beating out other big names like St. Louis and Seattle. The Advocate publishes a list of America’s Gayest Cities every year, and chose Tacoma, Wash. as this year’s winner. Springfield was the only New England city chosen besides Providence,

Citizens United

U.S Representative Jim McGovern introduced two constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Rep. McGovern’s first amendment, HJ Res 20, would restore Congress’ and the states’ authority to regulate campaign spending. The second amendment, HJ Res 21, would overturn Citizens United and clarify that constitutional rights apply to living persons, not

Bayard Rustin: Are Gay Rights the New Civil Rights?

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay black man, helped introduce Gandhian nonviolence to the African-American civil rights movement. His pacifism landed him in jail for refusing to participate in World War II. He was part of the first Freedom Rides in 1947, helped to found the Congress for Racial Equality, and was National Field Secretary

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