Civil Rights

Let's Not Forget Martin Luther King Jr's Radical Legacy

On the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," much of Martin Luther King Jr's message is being missed by both politicians and pundits. "I have a dream" may be what is remembered most frequently, but Dr. King's legacy is much deeper than the marketing line suggests and it's one that includes some radical ideas.
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Michigan Oil Spill Contractors Convicted on Immigration Crimes Linked to Cleanup Work

Michigan Oil Spill Contractors Convicted on Immigration Crimes Linked to Cleanup Work
Two men indicted for their role in exploiting undocumented workers during a 2010 oil spill cleanup have pleaded guilty to multiple immigration crimes. An investigation by The American Independent’s former sister site Michigan Messenger uncovered the exploitation of undocumented workers – mostly from Central America – during the cleanup following a July oil spill in Marshall, Michigan.
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Darren Young, First Openly Gay WWE Wrestler

Darren Young, First Openly Gay WWE Wrestler
WWE Superstar Darren Young became the first ever openly gay WWE wrestler who is on the active wrestling roster...
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Hillary Clinton Calls on Country to Combat 'Assault on Voting Rights'

Hillary Clinton Calls on Country to Combat 'Assault on Voting Rights'
Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a series of speeches on Monday with a call to combat what she called an "assault on voting rights." She assailed a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a significant part of the Voting Rights Act and discussing what she sees as "deep flaws in our electoral system" as it relates to racial discrimination at the polls.
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Paul Elias
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Q&A: Unionizing Is a Civil Right

Q&A: Unionizing Is a Civil Right
Why Labor Organizing Should be a Civil Right: Rebuilding a Middle-Class Democracy by Enhancing Worker Voice, by Moshe Z. Marvit and Richard D. Kahlengerg, was released last year to critical and academic acclaim but not nearly enough attention. The book, whose authors are both fellows at the progressive think tank the Century Foundation, lays out a simple, brilliant idea: to amend the Civil Rights Act so that it prohibits discrimination.
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Multiple Reports of TX State Troopers Illegally Searching Women in Roadside Traffic Stops

Multiple Reports of TX State Troopers Illegally Searching Women in Roadside Traffic Stops
The same Department of Public Safety which brought you tampongate, poopgate, and various other mishandlings at the State Capitol over the past few months, now brings you yet another disturbing case: At least two incidents of women forced to endure illegal cavity searches, in full view of passing motorists, after being pulled over for minor traffic infractions.
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Gay Marriage License in IN Now a Felony

Gay Marriage License in IN Now a Felony
Video: Indiana makes it now a felony for same sex couples to fill out a form applying for a marriage license.
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Graphic Video: Police Unjustly Arrest Cop Watcher and Brutally Kill His Dog

Graphic Video: Police Unjustly Arrest Cop Watcher and Brutally Kill His Dog
In a candid display of police brutality and the implications of cop watching, officers in Hawthorne, CA, unjustly arrested Leon Rosby after peacefully exercising his right to film police activity — and then fired four fatal rounds into his 3-year-old dog, Max.
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Lawyers Build Cases for Marriage Equality Based on Supreme Court's Rulings

Lawyers Build Cases for Marriage Equality Based on Supreme Court's Rulings
When the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government. But judges and lawyers representing same-sex couples are already using Kennedy's language and reasoning in other cases about the right to marry.
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Mark Sherman
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Bey vs. Bay: Mos Def Brutally Force Fed Under Guantanamo's Military Guidelines (Video)

Bey vs. Bay: Mos Def Brutally Force Fed Under Guantanamo's Military Guidelines (Video)
In a procedure that looks even more brutal and yes, torturous, in actuality than it does on paper, actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) undergoes standard procedure for force-feeding Guantanamo Bay prisoners on hunger strike. Warning: The accompanying video is incredibly disturbing.
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Brandon Perkins
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