Civil Rights & Social Justice
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
"We keep more people behind bars than the top 35 European countries combined," President Obama told the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday. He added, "the people in our prisons have made some mistakes and some big mistakes. But they are also Americans, and we have to make sure that as they do their time and pay back their debt to society, that we are increasing the possibility that they can turn their lives around."
It the end, it's an embarrassing Okie spectacle that's going to drag on and on, and The Oklahoman does a disservice to the state's image by not simply urging government officials to comply with the court ruling. So let me say it: Remove the monument.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court this past week ordered the legislature and the executive branch to remove a six-foot tall Ten Commandments granite monument from the front of the state house. The monument was placed there in January and is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
Last week, a portion of President Obama's Eulogy for Reverend Pinckney went viral when he broke into Amazing Grace and sang with the church. The rest of the eulogy is a deep look into America's past and future, and worth thoughtful and careful consideration in this present moment for all citizens. Full transcript and video of Obama's remarks below.
"My heart is also in Charleston. These past few weeks and months have been an important reminder that discrimination in many forms is alive and well in America. Progress for some is not progress for all. If we're committed to equality, must be committed to justice for all." - Jim Obergefell
As many have stated, marriage equality isn't the end of the fight for LGBT rights or civil rights more broadly, there isn't such thing as the end of that fight. We've seen too much over the past weeks and months to think that is the case. Even within the LGBT community, there are a litany of lines that are arbitrarily drawn, yet the results are all too real. Yet, for one day, love wins. And that makes this a good day. And for my fellow San Franciscans, what a happy #SFPride this will be.
President Barack Obama reacted with grief and anger to the mass shootings of people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” said Obama. “It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” he said. “Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.”
Twin Peaks Charter Academy blocked senior and valedictorian Evan Young from giving his graduation speech because he refused to remove his gay identity from the script. The decision has triggered a debate about the role that schools – particularly charter schools – can play in limiting students’ freedom of expression.
Conservative evangelicals apparently have lots to pray for these days. Same-sex marriage rights are quickly spreading across the country, Obama declared an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a Fairfax, Virginia school board recently implemented a transgender rights policy, and Robert Gates of The Boy Scouts of America urged his organization to lift the ban on gay leaders.