Civil Rights & Social Justice

Voter ID Laws Are Being Thwarted Nationwide

Republican efforts to suppress and restrict voting for Americans is not going particularly well. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott can't seem to find any non-citizen voters. A Pennsylvania judge put a hold to a key part of Republicans restriction efforts. And in Minnesota, yet another paper explained to its readers how expensive the vote restriction constitutional amendment will be.
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Minnesota Gender Wage Gap Persists

A study by the National Partnership for Women and Families finds that Minnesota women who work full time pull in a median salary of $40,416, compared to $50,580 for men. That $10,164 difference (or 80 cents for every dollar men make) is actually more equitable than the 77-cents-for-women-per-dollar-for-men national norm.
Minority women have it particularly bad, the study finds. Nationally, African American women make 64 cents and Latinas are paid just 55 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
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University President Ignores Calls to Oppose MN Marriage Amendment

Earlier this month, philosophy professor Stephen Kellert wrote a letter to Hanson asking that the school come out against the same sex-marriage ban. He cited the school's Discrimination Policy, which states that the school "does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities."
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FBI Raid Victims Keep Pushing Back Two Years Later

Two years after the FBI raided the homes of nine peace activists the targets continue to push back. All are still under possible indictment.
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NJ Married Couple's Pre-Wedding Photo Used To Blast Marriage Equality

Apparently the "conservative" bigots at the "nonprofit" group Public Advocate of the United States think that two men kissing is so icky that a photo of it mailed to Colorado voters will turn the tide against marriage equality supporting Republican State Senator Jean White.
One little, itsy bitsy problem here: that's an actual couple's photo that the idiots at public advocate had no rights to. And they're getting sued.
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At CGI President Clinton Threatens to Finish His Charlotte Speech

I appreciate that Clinton specified his speech at the DNC in Charlotte and not his speech at the DNC in Atlanta...the DNC speech that will live in infamy.
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Remembering a Great President on His 104th Birthday

Lyndon Baines Johnson was born August 27. 1908, in Stonewall Texas, on the Pedernales River.
Perhaps you might argue with my describing him as a great President. After all, he did preside over the expansion of the war in Vietnam. It is the one great black mark on his record.
But he did as much if not more than any President to expand opportunity in this country, and he did far more than FDR did to address questions of racial inequality.
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Justice Department Probes PA’s Voter ID Law

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation into Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law that, by some estimates, could disenfranchise nearly one in 10 eligible voters—mostly people of color, students, seniors and low-income voters.
The bill mirrors other voter suppression laws Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed in recent years based on model legislation from the extremist American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
The Justice Department gave the state election officials 30 days to provide documents to back up the state’s claim that the new law does not discriminate. The law is due to go into effect for the November election.
While the backers claim such voter suppression laws combat voter fraud, in Pennsylvania and other states, there is little evidence of any significant voter fraud.
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