Civil Rights & Social Justice

VIDEO: Obamas Reflect on 50 Years - Crossing the Bridge to Hope

VIDEO: Obamas Reflect on 50 Years - Crossing the Bridge to Hope
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama discuss their visit to Selma, Alabama where they marked the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.
President Obama sees the bridge as a metaphor. 50 years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King led people to cross it to demand the right to vote.
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50 Years - Obama Delivers Moving Speech on the Pettus Bridge, Selma Alabama

50 Years - Obama Delivers Moving Speech on the Pettus Bridge, Selma Alabama
President Obama joined nearly 100 members of Congress in Selma, Alabama, on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" -- a watershed moment of the civil rights movement -- where he honored the men and women who stood their ground in a violent confrontation with police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
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Poignant Open Letter to Indian Parliament Rep. - Do Not Censor This Protest Film

Poignant Open Letter to Indian Parliament Rep. - Do Not Censor This Protest Film
Now I believe the government has banned the broadcast of these interviews, which are part of a documentary, India’s Daughter, made by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, herself a victim, who has said, “My integrity and my objective in making this film is totally honest. I myself have been raped. There is no shame for me; the shame is for the rapists. The film tries to show the disease is not the rapists, the disease is in society.”
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Industrial Hemp Gets OK From House Agriculture Committee

Although there are thousands of products made with hemp for sale in Minnesota, the plant cannot be legally grown in the state. HF683 seeks to change that, and the bill took its first step on that journey Wednesday when it was approved without opposition by the House Agriculture Policy Committee.
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14 Inspiring African-American Women Fighters For Civil Rights and Gender Equality

14 Inspiring African-American Women Fighters For Civil Rights and Gender Equality
In honor of Black History Month, we've put together a list of just a few of the countless African-American women who have led the struggle for civil rights and gender equality.
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11 Year Old Muslim Sends Obama a Valentine: "We Are Good People"

“'Please tell everyone that we are good people & we are just like everyone else'" —Obama reading a Valentine from Sabrina, 11, who is Muslim
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CO Father & Son Nevilles Introduce Controversial Parents' Bill of Rights to Senate

CO Father & Son Nevilles Introduce Controversial Parents' Bill of Rights to Senate
Their proposals include a law that would allow Coloradans to carry concealed weapons in schools and one that would ratchet up permitting codes on women's health clinics in an effort to close facilities and limit access to abortion services.
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Voter ID Policies Maintain the Power of the Few and Promote Iniquity

Voter ID Policies Maintain the Power of the Few and Promote Iniquity
Voter ID Maintains The Power Of The Few
ISAIAH assembled 40+ clergy leaders to call for just policies that promote racial and economic equity.
Rev. Paul Slack, pastor at New Creation Church, Mi
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Lawmaker on Body Cams: "If We Don't Trust the Police...We Have a Deeper Problem"

Lawmaker on Body Cams: "If We Don't Trust the Police...We Have a Deeper Problem"
Lawmaker On Body Cams: "If We Don't Trust The Police...We Have A Deeper Problem" - Minnesota Rep Joe McDonald (R-Delano) is a supporter of the bill introduced by Rep Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) - video of his remarks.
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U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of David Hicks, Guantanamo Detainee, Should Not Stand

U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of David Hicks, Guantanamo Detainee, Should Not Stand
The United States has acknowledged that the conviction of an Australian man held for nearly six years in Guantanamo Bay was not legally valid.
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