Civil Rights & Social Justice

Thoughts on Western Stand-Off From Florida

Thoughts on Western Stand-Off From Florida
Over three weeks ago, a group of armed men occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The armed stand-off between the occupiers of a federal reserve and everyone else turns on a fundamental disagreement about democratic government and public property in America.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Planned Parenthood Videos

Everything You Need to Know About the Planned Parenthood Videos
On Monday, a grand jury indicted David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and Sandra Merritt, a center employee, on felony charges of tampering with government documents and a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs. The charges stem from the investigation surrounding the controversial Planned Parenthood videos that surfaced last summer.
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Bad Grandpa: The Ugly Forefather of New York’s Affordable Housing Debacles

Bad Grandpa: The Ugly Forefather of New York’s Affordable Housing Debacles
Thus began a 2001 article by Eric Lipton in The New York Times. It must come as no surprise to the reader that almost 15 years later, ProPublica detailed how New York City failed to police expensive tax subsidies it gave out to developers in exchange for limiting rent increases and including a modest number of affordable apartments in projects.
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Schools Allowing Apple To Spy On Your Kids — MN Lawmakers Act

Schools Allowing Apple To Spy On Your Kids — MN Lawmakers Act
You know that iPad your school has given your kid to use? Apple is using it to collect data on your children and market to them, according to privacy advocates. “It’s a goldmine to be able to use that (data),” said Rep. John Lesch (DFL). “You get them young, that’s really worthwhile. You know their prime spending years for technology are going forward.”
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Colorado Independent Sues Denver: Release the Michael Marshall Tapes

Colorado Independent Sues Denver: Release the Michael Marshall Tapes
The Colorado Independent has sued the City and County of Denver demanding the release of videotapes showing sheriff’s deputies’ fatal confrontation with Michael Lee Marshall, a mentally ill, homeless man, in the city jail.
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Scene from ‘Making a Murderer’ Echoes in Etan Patz Case

Scene from ‘Making a Murderer’ Echoes in Etan Patz Case
It is one of the most controversial moments from the Netflix sensation “Making a Murderer” — the graphic pre-trial news conference held by local prosecutors seeking to convict a Wisconsin man and his nephew of murder. The lead prosecutor, in front of television cameras and radio microphones, talks in detail about the alleged confession of the nephew, complete with details of the rape and strangling of a young woman.
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100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day

100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day
On the coldest morning New York City has seen this winter, a stream of teenage students hit a bottleneck at the front of a Brooklyn school building. They shed their jackets, gloves and belts, shivering as they wait to pass through a metal detector and send their backpacks through an x-ray machine. School safety agents stand nearby, poised to step in if the alarm bleats.
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Study Details State-by-State Agenda to Ban Abortions

Study Details State-by-State Agenda to Ban Abortions
A new report by NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado exposes how national organizations working to outlaw abortion one state at a time have set their sights on Colorado. State Senator Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood) says even though the majority of Colorado voters support the 1973 Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutional right to abortion, they shouldn’t discount the effectiveness of a coordinated national movement.
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Oregon Militia's Malheur Refuge Occupation Explained

Oregon Militia's Malheur Refuge Occupation Explained
Since January 2, a crew of self-proclaimed militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The occupation is a reaction to the sentencing for arson of Dwight and Steve Hammond, local ranchers who have become symbols of the Sagebrush Rebellion over the last two decades. But the action goes far beyond just one family’s fight with the federal government. It’s an escalation of a Westwide insurgency sparked by the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014.
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Where Private Land Meets Public Interest: Context and Contests

Where Private Land Meets Public Interest: Context and Contests
Straddling the Colorado-New Mexico border, where the broken peaks of the San Juan Mountains give way to the high desert’s windswept buttes and mesas, a 1.4 million acre expanse harbors some of the wildest land in the Southwest. The last grizzly in the Southern Rockies lurked unnoticed here for decades. Extirpated wolves and wolverines are still rumored to roam the backcountry. Re-introduced Canadian lynx prowl the deep snow beneath conifers. But this this unnamed region, stretching between Colorado’s Wolf Creek Pass and Abiquiú, New Mexico, isn’t pure wilderness. Right in the middle are 500,000 acres of privately owned land, surrounded by three national forests and the Jicarilla Apache reservation.
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