Civil Rights & Social Justice

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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Hippies Were Happy

Hippies Were Happy
Hippies have a bad reputation, especially among conservatives. In 1967, the “National Review” said that hippies were self-indulgent and had a “horrified rejection of work and production”. Their thinking, “if indeed thinking it can be called, is more like orgiastic love-spluttering than coherent thought.” They might cause “outbreaks of polio and typhoid”.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
On 25 March 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, where local African Americans, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had been campaigning for voting rights.
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Slain Teen's Grandmother Questions Mayor About Police "Extreme Violence"

Slain Teen's Grandmother Questions Mayor About Police "Extreme Violence"
The Grandmother of Tony Robinson, a 19-year-old man shot by police in Madison, Wisconsin submitted a question to the Mayor of Madison at a debate on Thursday night. Sharon Irwin wanted to know "what are you going to do to stop this extreme violence."
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Hundreds Protest #BlackLivesMatter Charges Outside Minneapolis Court

Hundreds Protest #BlackLivesMatter Charges Outside Minneapolis Court
11 defendants were arraigned in Hennepin County Court on March 10, 2015 on misdemeanor criminal charges arising out a peaceful protest at the Mall of America on December 20, 2014. Hundreds stood outside the court in solidarity with the defendants.
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Ferguson City Manager Resigns

Good riddance to the city manager of Ferguson who was cited in the DOJ’s report on Ferguson…
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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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