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Saturday, January 20, 2018
civil rights
Trump, Vacations, Obama

Trump Spends MLK Day Golfing At Mar-a-Lago

Last Friday, Trump said he encouraged all Americans to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day “with acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King’s extraordinary life… and his great legacy,” according to reports from the White House Press.

January 16, 2018

Trump’s Vote Suppression Team Is Doing GOP’s Dirty Work

Anyone who favors expanding voting rights should be relieved by Wednesday’s demise of President Trump’s so-called Election Integrity Commission. But the panel’s right-wing agenda to rig the voting process to benefit the GOP will continue.

January 6, 2018
Trump, Press, White House

Trump Forced To Shut Down Failed Voter Suppression Commission

Trump announced that he would be closing the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.” He complained in a press release that “despite substantial evidence of voter fraud,” many states have refused to cooperate with the commission. So, he “signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission.”

January 4, 2018

Rev. Barber: America Needs A Moral Movement

This was a landmark year for building a national moral movement in the United States, both in terms of the challenges we faced and the victories we achieved. In our travels to more than 32 states, we bore personal witness to the extreme poverty and systemic inequality that plague the world’s wealthiest democracy.

January 1, 2018
John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat

Top US Congressman To Boycott Opening Of Civil Rights Museum

But Lewis said Thursday he will refuse to attend Saturday’s opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum if President Donald Trump will be there. Lewis and Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson issued a joint statement calling it an “insult” that Trump will be on hand to inaugurate the museum.

December 8, 2017
LGBTQ

Justices Sound Skeptical Of Colo. Baker’s Refusal To Make Wedding Cake For Gay Couple

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a somewhat skeptical hearing Tuesday to a Colorado baker’s claim that he had a free-speech right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, despite a state civil rights law that bans such discrimination.

December 6, 2017
John_conyers

John Conyers Retires After 53 Years In Office Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

Facing a rising chorus of voices demanding he step down because of sexual harassment claims, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., on Tuesday retired from the seat he has held for more than five decades, a swift and crushing fall from grace for a civil rights icon and the longest-serving active member of Congress.

December 6, 2017
Clinton Emails

Democrats Must Drop Identity Politics — Now

What follows here is remarkably similar to what I had planned to write after an expected and prayed-for Hillary Clinton victory: Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics. That’s because at a certain point, “inclusivity” takes on the air of exclusivity.

November 30, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump walks past a teleprompter as he departs after delivering a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, United States, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump Makes ‘Pocahontas’ Jab About Elizabeth Warren To Elderly Native Americans In Ceremony Honoring Code Talkers

Trump noted that Native Americans had been in North America longer than other groups, then segued into a crack about Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who has been the subject of controversy for her undocumented claims of partial Native American ancestry.

November 28, 2017
Facebook, Fake News

Why Pro Publica Bought Racist, Sexist, Bigoted Facebook Ads

Were these actual ads? No. And as someone who’s spent the past month on a New York City apartment hunt, I’m pretty confident that no one would mistake our “real estate company” for an actual brokerage.

November 28, 2017
John_conyers

Rep. John Conyers Quits House Committee Post Amid Sexual Harassment Probe

Sexual abuse allegations continued to roil U.S. politics Sunday, with Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. stepping down from a powerful House post and President Donald Trump again voicing support for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

November 27, 2017

Former AG Says Trump’s Justice Department Is Troubling

Former Attorney General Eric Holder had a clear warning for Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions on Friday: “resignations, investigations, public outcries” could all soon occur if the wall separating the White House and the Justice Department continues to be lowered.

November 26, 2017
People take part in a protest against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter during a march in New York July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Blacks Busted Far More Than Whites For Minor Pot Violations

According to a groundbreaking 2013 report authored by the American Civil Liberties Union, African Americans in the United States are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for minor marijuana possession violations.

November 26, 2017
Donald Trump's children to take on his business empire

Southern Plantations Should Be Slave Memorials, Not Theme Parks

The Trump brothers, Eric and Donald Jr., have embarked on a new business venture to open luxury hotels in Mississippi as part of an effort to cash in on the state’s blues music culture. These hotels will be far removed from commercial airports or interstate highways and will be in a majority black…

November 20, 2017
al franken

Al Franken Shouldn’t Resign

Yes, I’ll say it, and I hope it’s not too late: Al Franken should not resign. He shouldn’t be forced to resign, either by the Democrats who (rightly) can’t abide double standards or the Republicans who would love to see a Democratic knock-down.

November 19, 2017
Time Travelers

How Social Change Comes In Twos, And History Rhymes

Go down, Harvey Weinstein, down to Alabama and campaign for cowboy Roy Moore, the Republican rocking Washington the way you roiled Hollywood. The dirty river of sexual harassment finally rose to claim and name each of you — and more. Comedian Louis C.K., you can go, too.

November 18, 2017

Republicans Sneak Anti-Choice Language Into Tax Bill

The GOP tax plan before Congress has billions in gimmicks and giveaways for corporate interests. But none may be as far-reaching, from a social policy perspective, as language declaring human fetuses are legal persons for federal tax purposes.

November 17, 2017
domestic violence

Domestic Violence Threatens Everyone — Even White Men

Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Orlando…what do all these recent mass shootings have in common? The perpetrators of these horrific crimes showed a proclivity for violence against women. Yet despite the clear connection between violence at home and mass violence against the public…

November 13, 2017
black women protest

Which Voting Bloc Saves Democrats Again And Again?

It’s curious, though fairly predictable, that most postmortems of the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races seem to gloss over the fact that Democrats lost the white vote. More specifically, Democrats lost white women, the same demographic of so-called values voters whose majority support for Donald Trump…

November 13, 2017
Trump, Voter Fraud

Racist Trump-Inspired Campaign Flyers Viciously Target Indian-American And Chinese-American Candidates In NJ

As the first elections post-Trump approach next week, his campaign slogans—and hatred—are seeping into election materials in Edison, New Jersey. Campaign flyers, received on Wednesday and sent out by an unknown group, target two school board candidates using racist and anti-immigrant language.

November 3, 2017

New Study: High School Bigots And Bullies Emboldened By Trump

Across America’s public high schools, the intolerance and bullying modeled by President Trump and the 2016 election has led to an outbreak of incivility, victimization and heightened stresses for a spectrum of minorities, according to a national report from the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.

November 1, 2017
Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Can Someone Get Sentenced To Life For Selling A Dime Bag Of Pot? Yes

Deedee Kirkwood is a hippie housewife in Camarillo, a scenic beach town in California outside of Los Angeles. When she was younger, she followed the Grateful Dead on tour and says she smoked copious amounts of pot “before and after.” But her youthful indiscretions had no legal consequences. “I did a lot of stupid stuff, but as a white lady I got lucky,” she tells me over the phone.

October 29, 2017
o'Reilly

The Charges Against Weinstein And O’Reilly Need Sorting

It was reported over the weekend that O’Reilly reached a $32 million settlement earlier this year with former Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl. She alleged that he had forced her into a sexual relationship. That’s $32 million! Hollywood producer Weinstein’s payouts to his accusers generally fell into the more modest $80,000 to $150,000 range.

October 25, 2017

Montana Republican Official Says She Would Have ‘Shot’ Guardian Reporter

“If that kid had done to me what he did to Greg, I would have shot him,” Karen Marshall, vice-president of programs for Gallatin County Republican Women told the Voice of Montana radio program on Thursday.

October 23, 2017
Kelly

The Trump White House’s Problem With Women Of Color

Racism is the Trump administration’s magic wand, a device it uses, to great effect, to dazzle its base, whose own proud bigotry dispenses with the need for suspension of disbelief. In the face of controversies and criticism, Trump race-baits not just for cynical political reasons—though that’s part of it—but because he, too, is deeply racist…

October 23, 2017