Civil Rights

Sotomayor Defends Racial Equality in Her Supplemental Statement

Sotomayor Defends Racial Equality in Her Supplemental Statement
Justice Sonia Sotomayor stood in strong defense of racial equality recently when she explicitly condemned the shameful history of racism in the American criminal justice system.
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HIV Decriminalization Under the Microscope in MD

HIV Decriminalization Under the Microscope in MD
A Maryland lawmaker and a handful of local advocates have started the course to repeal the state’s HIV-specific criminal law. Efforts to repeal HIV criminalization laws are under way in several states, including as Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington.
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Christine Todd Whitman on GOP Rebranding Efforts: 'It's Not About the Messaging, It's the Message'

Christine Todd Whitman on GOP Rebranding Efforts: 'It's Not About the Messaging, It's the Message'
In Washington to attend a green energy event, former New Jersey Republican Governor Christine Todd Whitman talked about her party's effort to re-brand itself, and told guest host Chris Cillizza on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown that simply adding more female candidate and surrogates will do little to help the party.
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The ‘Show Me Your Papers Before You Go Potty’ Bill

The ‘Show Me Your Papers Before You Go Potty’ Bill
Arizona lawmakers have jumped in to the national debate over the rights of transgender people with a bill being debated Wednesday that would make it illegal for people to use public restrooms not associated with their birth gender.
Advocates say the measure would be the toughest standard in the nation for transgender people and bathroom use, requiring Arizona residents to use the restroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate. One local TV station has dubbed it the "Show Me Your Papers Before You Go Potty" bill, a reference to the Arizona Legislature's sweeping 2010 immigration law.
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Aryan Brotherhood Inmate Sentenced for Hate Crimes Act

Aryan Brotherhood Inmate Sentenced for Hate Crimes Act
Hall believed a fellow inmate to be gay and assaulted him with a dangerous weapon, causing bodily injury to the victim on December 20, 2011.
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O'Reilly Admits the Obvious: Homosexuality Has Nothing to Do with Pedophilia

O'Reilly Admits the Obvious: Homosexuality Has Nothing to Do with Pedophilia
The truth that being gay has nothing to do with pedophilia is so obvious, it's hardly worth mentioning. But leave it to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly to position himself to feel the need to have to voice the obvious, mostly due to his own ignorant comments.
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Woman Behind the Target Boycott Testifies for MN Same-Sex Marriage

Randi Reitan is no stranger to the fight over same-sex marriage. She sparked a successful nationwide boycott against Target when it donated to a group supporting an anti-gay candidate for Minnesota Governor.
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Five Poisons of Privatization

Five Poisons of Privatization
Essential human needs are being packaged into products to be bought and sold. The right to food and water, education, health care, public spaces, and unrestricted speech shouldn't be based on who can pay the most, or on who can generate profits with the slickest marketing pitch.
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Hagel Supports Same-Sex Benefits in Afghanistan

Hagel Supports Same-Sex Benefits in Afghanistan
While visiting U.S. troops at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said he supports benefits for same-sex couples, and will fight to get them enacted into law.
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Feds Probe Denver for Violating Deaf Prisoner Rights

Feds Probe Denver for Violating Deaf Prisoner Rights
The federal Justice Department is investigating Denver – which touts itself as “one of America’s most accessible cities” — for failing to provide sign-language interpreters for deaf prisoners.
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