Civil Rights & Social Justice

Love Wins! Justice Kennedy Pens 5-4 Decision for Marriage Equality

Love Wins! Justice Kennedy Pens 5-4 Decision for Marriage Equality
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.
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The Uptake Video: Obama Says it is "Within Our Power" to Prevent Mass Shootings

The Uptake Video: Obama Says it is "Within Our Power" to Prevent Mass Shootings
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.”
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Sexual-orientation discrimination May Cost Twin Peaks’ School Charter

Sexual-orientation discrimination May Cost Twin Peaks’ School Charter
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.
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Evangelicals Pray to End ‘Transgender Tyranny’ as Girl Scouts Welcome Trans Youth

Evangelicals Pray to End ‘Transgender Tyranny’ as Girl Scouts Welcome Trans Youth
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.
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“Religious Freedom” Bill Rolls Back Anti-Discrimination Protections Say LGBTQ Advocates

“Religious Freedom” Bill Rolls Back Anti-Discrimination Protections Say LGBTQ Advocates
A proposed law that would allow certain businesses to refuse services based upon religious grounds is drawing the ire of the advocates who fought to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
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The Time a Newspaper Stared Down the Country’s Largest Advertiser 

The Time a Newspaper Stared Down the Country’s Largest Advertiser 
The news last week that Buzzfeed had deleted posts critical of advertisers got some of us at ProPublica wondering about any instances when news organizations stood up to advertiser pressure. As it turns out, ProPublica president Richard Tofel wrote a whole chapter of a book about one of those cases: In 1954, the Wall Street Journal and its publisher, Barney Kilgore, confronted General Motors. The little-remembered incident helped establish the notion that news organizations could and should preserve their independence from advertisers.
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Rage, Hope, Love Fueling Black Lives Matter Movement, Says Supporter

Rage, Hope, Love Fueling Black Lives Matter Movement, Says Supporter
"The problem is poverty. The problem is racism," said Rev. Victoria Safford of the White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church. "The problem is deep, deep, old oppression."
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Gang Members Blow Holes in Baltimore Police Narrative

Gang Members Blow Holes in Baltimore Police Narrative
Gang Members Blow Holes in Baltimore Police Narrative - Baltimore gang members explain what they are trying to do at the Baltimore protests and why they are trying to prevent violence. Also Baltimore’s record on systemic Police violence...
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Colorado Eyes High Court for June Decision on Gay Marriage

Colorado Eyes High Court for June Decision on Gay Marriage
The U.S. Supreme Court today is hearing arguments in a case that will push the most-recent chapter in the breakneck story of American gay marriage toward a major conclusion. Coloradans on all sides of the issue are watching for clues on what to expect here in the Centennial State, where over the last 11 years same-sex marriage was banned by voters, then side-stepped with civil unions, then caught up in state court, then de-facto legalized by a federal court, and then made real on the ground in the offices of inspired and determined county clerks.
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Abortion Politics Flare as Fetal Homicide Bill Advances

Abortion Politics Flare as Fetal Homicide Bill Advances
Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee advanced a fetal homicide bill Wednesday night that, for limited use, would write “personhood” language associated with the hardline anti-abortion movement into state law.
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