Civil Rights & Social Justice

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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MN Nice Rebuttal: Structural Racism at Root of Offensive Remarks

MN Nice Rebuttal: Structural Racism at Root of Offensive Remarks
Others booed, but Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul) thought for several hours before responding to a remark Rep. Jim Newberger (R-Becker) had made about North Minneapolis. During a debate on funding for the North Star rail line Newberger said “Boy, wouldn’t that be convenient, to have that rail line going from the prison to North Minneapolis." After hearing some grumbling he quickly added, “or to any section of our state.” Boos were heard in the House chamber.
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VIDEO: Native Americans Protest Columbus Statue at MN State Capitol

VIDEO: Native Americans Protest Columbus Statue at MN State Capitol
Minnesota’s legislature is considering a bill that would change the engraving on the statue from “Discoverer of America” to “Christopher Columbus landed in America.” A co-sponsor of the House bill includes Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City), who taught high school government classes 35 years. That change misses the point, say Native Americans who marched through downtown St. Paul Saturday to the Columbus statue.
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Statetap: Weed-crazed Colorado Celebrates 420

Statetap: Weed-crazed Colorado Celebrates 420
Happy 420. A dank cloud is wafting across the state in honor of marijuana legalization. Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has compiled a look at the legal pot trade a year-plus into Colorado’s great experiment.
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Lawmakers Try to Stop Bleeding Money on CO’s Multimillion-Dollar Empty Prison

Lawmakers Try to Stop Bleeding Money on CO’s Multimillion-Dollar Empty Prison
The 948 one-person cells of Colorado State Penitentiary II have been empty for nearly three years. The abandoned facility costs taxpayers $20 million per year. Now, lawmakers say they’re working on a plan to put the facility back to use.
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People's State of the Union on the Steps of Minneapolis City Hall: VIDEO

People's State of the Union on the Steps of Minneapolis City Hall: VIDEO
Advocates for citizens fed up with police harassment and mistreatment of workers are successfully getting the attention of Minneapolis city leaders. This week, Neighborhoods Organizing For Change Field (NOC) Organizer Mike Griffin led a "people's state of the union" presentation at Minneapolis City Hall that outlined systemic labor issues for low-wage workers and how certain city laws are being abused by police to harass minorities. The presentation got the support and participation of several city council members.
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