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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks to media after the game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego, California, U.S. September 1, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

Colin Kaepernick Can’t Get A Job: What Are The Ramifications For Social Protest?

Before the #CharlottesvilleSyllabus, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was teaching kids essential lessons about white supremacy and racial injustice. The awful events in Charlottesville were a confirmation that Kaepernick was correct when he chose to kneel rather than stand while the national anthem played and Old Glory flew in the air.

August 20, 2017
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Rights Group Blames Trump As Holocaust Memorial Smashed

The suspect’s name has not been released, as he is a juvenile, but police said he would be charged with wilful and malicious destruction of property. The Boston Police Department’s civil rights unit is also looking into the incident. The New England Holocaust Memorial consists of six luminous glass towers that are each 54 feet high.

August 16, 2017

Misdemeanor Defendants Facing Jail Time Not Told They Have A Right To Counsel, Bar Association Finds

Prosecutors handling the misdemeanor cases invited the accused who were interested in pleading guilty to step forward and finalized plea deals for suspended sentences and an array of fines. There were no defense lawyers, nor were any of the defendants advised they were entitled to one.

August 15, 2017
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After Charlottesville, A Surge In Anti-Racism Rallies Across The Country

Sadie, 3, wore red-rimmed sunglasses to the Rally for Peace and Sanity at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York. As elected officials denounced racism and war, she sat in her father’s lap, carrying two neon green signs. One said “Love one another.” The other, “Black Lives Matter.”

August 15, 2017
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Charlottesville Further Evidence America Was Built On Racism And Violence

Remember that Donald Trump froze funds that were supposed to go to groups fighting neo-Nazi violence. Remember that the Department of Justice recently announced that its civil rights division will be focusing its energies not on the precipitous rise in anti-black and anti-Muslim hate crimes that followed Trump’s election…

August 15, 2017

After Charlottesville, Black Voices Provide Perspective On Racism In America

After a white supremacist, neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA, left one person dead and many others injured, black voices in the media conveyed a powerful and unequivocal rebuke of the resurgence of emboldened white nationalism in America.

August 14, 2017
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Why The NAACP Said ‘Enough’ To School Privatization

The reaction to the NAACP’s hard-hitting new report on charter schools, calling for tighter regulation and an end to for-profit schools, was swift and furious. Charter advocates and school choice proponents painted the NAACP as out of touch, or worse, doing the bidding of the teachers unions.

August 8, 2017
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Sikhs In America: A History Of Hate

At the time, the U.S. was suffering through deep economic distress, a panic-filled recession that had begun the year before. Angry anti-immigrant sentiment was ascendant. And hundreds of Sikh men who had traveled from India to Bellingham to toil in the lumber mills paid the price.

August 6, 2017
Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

On Rikers Island, A Move Toward Reform Causes Trouble

In the most secure levels, inmates who have committed violent infractions — caused injury to another inmate or guard, or attempted to stab or slash someone in jail — can leave their cells for a minimum of seven hours every day, but must be locked to the desks for much of that time.

July 27, 2017

Modern-Day Eugenics? Prisoners Sterilized For Shorter Sentences

A Tennessee county has greenlit a modern-day eugenics program under the guise of offering prisoners a better future. Judge Sam Benningfield of White County issued an order in May that reduces jail sentences for inmates who agree to undergo birth control procedures. For male inmates, a credit of just 30 days is offered in exchange for vasectomies, which are permanent.

July 27, 2017
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Right Wing Media Target SPLC As Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups Come Under Fire

Following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ controversial speaking engagement at an event hosted by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), right-wing media figures lashed out at ABC and NBC News for accurately reporting that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has designated ADF as an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

July 20, 2017

Trump’s Election Integrity Commission Is Who’s Who Of GOP Voter Suppressors

“It is hard to imagine a list of people less credible on the issue of the extent of voter fraud in the United States, and who have done more to raise the scourge of voter fraud as a means to advocate for laws to make it harder for people to register and to vote,” wrote Rick Hasen on ElectionLawBlog.org on July 10.

July 20, 2017
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Sexist Harassment Continues At Fox

Fox Business host Charles Payne has been suspended from the network after a frequent Fox guest reported that Payne had coerced her into a years-long relationship “under threat of reprisals.” The Los Angeles Times reported on July 6 that the Fox guest (whom the Times did not identify) reported sexual misconduct to Fox’s law firm in June, stating that “she believed she was eventually blackballed from the network after she ended the affair in 2015 and tried to report Payne to top executives at Fox News.”

July 8, 2017
Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

US Attorney General Visits Guantanamo Bay

Sessions was accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and national intelligence director Dan Coats on his first trip to the prison, where the United States still holds 41 terrorism suspects. “Recent attacks in Europe and elsewhere confirm that the threat to our nation is immediate and real, and it remains essential that we use every lawful tool available to prevent as many attacks as possible,” Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement emailed to dpa.

July 8, 2017
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Why Trump’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Panel Demanded State Data

Many people who believe in expanding voting rights are marveling at the clumsy bid by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for doing the one thing that was guaranteed to deeply offend almost every top state election official—demanding they fork over their detailed statewide voter files to create a national voter database

July 6, 2017
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The Sessions Chronicles

So if you’re trying to figure out what makes Jeff Sessions tick, it is worth digging deep. It is Sessions who’ll likely be the one left standing once Bannon, Spicer, Kushner, and all the rest of this Friends and Family administration are gone—probably even after Trump himself oozes into irrelevance.

July 6, 2017

Hate Crimes On the Rise In California

According to statistics released by the state Department of Justice on Monday, there was an overall increase of hate crimes by 11.2 percent from 2015 to 2016, with a particular spike in hate crimes against black people. Overall, the department recorded 931 incidents in 2016, with the most common crime involving a racial bias (most often against black people) and the second most common a bias against gay people.

July 4, 2017
SiriusXM Political Hosts Talk To Voters Across The Country On Election Day 2012

Former Clinton Media Director Growing Resistance Radio

Less than a month after Donald Trump’s inauguration, Hillary Clinton’s director of progressive media began her new venture: creating a crucial space for the resistance amid a fundamental political shift. Zerlina Maxwell is the director of progressive programming for SiriusXM, which claims an audience of 51.6 million people each week, and a subscriber base of 25.8 million who have access to its 135-plus stations.

July 3, 2017
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Confederate Monuments And The Fourth Of July

In 1961, when I was a boy in the West Texas city of Midland, a new high school opened. It was named after Robert E. Lee, for reasons that are obvious: White resentment of the civil rights movement had produced widespread nostalgia for the Confederacy. San Antonio’s Lee High School opened in 1958; Houston’s in 1962.

July 2, 2017

Victims In Thousands Of Potential Hate Crimes Never Notify Police

More than half of the people who said they were the victim of a hate crime in recent years did not report the incidents to police. When victims did report to the police, their assailants were arrested in just 10 percent of the cases. The incidents reported as hate crimes were almost always violent (90 percent) and often seriously so, with nearly 30 percent involving reports of sexual assault, aggravated assault and/or robbery.

June 30, 2017

Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men From Hate Speech But Not Black Children

In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of “radicalized” Muslims. “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them,” declared U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican. “Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”

June 28, 2017
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Legalizing Marijuana Dramatically Reduces Traffic Stop Searches

With marijuana possession being legal, police in legal states can no longer assume criminal activity merely because of the presence of pot, which would have given them probable cause to conduct a search. And that means fewer interactions between drivers and police, reducing the prospect of dangerous—or even deadly—clashes.

June 27, 2017

Supreme Court Won’t Take Up R.J. Reynolds Age Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that concluded the nation’s chief age-discrimination law has a much narrower reach than widely assumed. The high court’s decision will make it harder for some people later in their work lives to prove they were victims of bias.

June 27, 2017
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Would You Believe It? TSA Is Requiring You To Pull Out Every Piece Of Paper In Your Bags

The Transportation Safety Administration is considering implementing a new national policy that would require passengers to remove books from their bags at airport checkpoints, like they do laptops. And given the administration’s reputation for religious profiling, the procedure could be used to violate passengers’ First Amendment rights.

June 27, 2017
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Trump Withdraws Funding From Anti-Hate Group

The Trump administration has slashed funding for a group devoted to tackling radical white extremists. The Department for Homeland Security (DHS) announced Friday that $400,000 in federal funding was being withdrawn from Chicago-based Life After Hate, one of the few U.S. groups dedicated to combating white nationalism. The group was awarded the grant in the closing days of the Obama administration.

June 25, 2017