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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

Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime?

  When Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide last Friday, he was facing up to 13 felony counts, 50 years in prison, and millions of dollars in fines. His alleged crime? Pulling millions of academic articles from the digital archive JSTOR. Prosecutors allege that Swartz downloaded the articles because he intended to distribute them for

In Rememberance of the Trees

For fourteen days we went about our lives without heat or electricity in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. Family, friends, and our trusted Grundig radio kept us informed about the nightmares unfolding outside the fragile doors of our world. The reports that we heard about loss of life, homes, and hope were heartbreaking and difficult

Election Round-Up

The Midwest decides against the likes of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Congressman of Missouri—Akins said that women couldn’t get pregnant from a “legitimate rape” because their bodies have a way of “shutting that whole thing down”. Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill shuts him down. Tea-party-backed Mourdock, State Treasure of Indiana, planned to fill a House

The Meaning of Barack Obama

I know your image of me Is what I hope to be I’ve treated you unkindly But darlin’ can’t you see These lyrics are from the classic, A Song for You. Though originally written and recorded in 1970 by Leon Russell, a white rocker-singer-songwriter, these lyrics were ushered into the American songbook by soul music

Romneycare vs. Obamacare

When Mitt Romney spearheaded the healthcare law here in 2006, supporters shouted that “Romneycare” ushered us into the mythical realm usually reserved for unicorns: Healthcare reform that worked. Then the Feds joined the fray. Obamacare was upheld in a legendary 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court this summer, so the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) jumped

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