What we must remember always -- and something I have told many juries in the past -- is that the most powerful person in the world, on a day-to-day basis, is not the president of the United States. No, it is a police officer.
As I watched with a sickening sense of deja vu the images coming out of Ferguson, MO this week, I couldn't help but come to this conclusion: we have allowed a pernicious historical revisionism to undermine the legacy of the civil rights movement.
If the NAACP and other civil rights organizations really care about justice, accountability and activism, they'll change their bizarre stance on net neutrality. We would never know what was going on in Ferguson without a free and open Internet.
We're not looking to have an elaborate wedding. Likely we'll show up, just the two of us, at a courthouse some 300 miles away. Imagine, my dear heterosexual friends, if this were you. I'm just going to guess you'd be a bit irritated.
Like Emmett and Trayvon before him, the surrounding details are disputed. Yet, the final outcome is the same. Once again, history may never know what exactly took place because Michael is not here to speak for himself.
Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.
It's pretty basic. Belief in the supremacy of civilian control over the armed forces is the cornerstone of American democracy. The institutional failure evident in Ferguson, MO is a sign of civilian dereliction.
Wife is such a loaded word for lesbians. When I married my girlfriend, it took at least six months before I could call her wife. I'd skate around the issue; she was my partner, my spouse, my lover. All of those words seemed more appropriate than wife. Wife comes with ownership -- baggage neither of us could carry.
I could spend plenty of time running through the list of items that anger me about this terrible event, but I have not seen enough content that simply takes a moment to grieve Michael Brown, so I hope that this post merely functions as a small form of grievance for the loss of a young man who did nothing to provoke or call for the cruel end to his life.
The police reaction -- to protests of their own violence -- has been more violence, less transparency, and an active suppression of first amendment freedoms. The police and government of Ferguson must be held accountable, and we call on the Department of Justice to take immediate action.
I sat down with Jim Keyt, Senior Manager of Global Technology Strategy over at Ben and Jerry's to find out just how technology fuels the processes behind your favorite flavors.
Paul Burston, the creator of the Polari Literary Salon in London, has, through sheer charm, hard work and diligence, transformed the possibilities of what a literary event should be: a space crackling with energy, ideas, excitement, raucousness and just plain ole fun.
In societies where females are blatantly second-class citizens, a woman educated and motivated enough to lead an environmental protest is likely to stand out for her "impertinence" and become a potential target for direct violence.
Folks are not familiar with issues around adoption and don't know the correct language to use unless they have been impacted by adoption or educated on the issues. Likewise with the LGBT community.
Now, with more and more ex-gay ministries losing not only potential clients and political leverage but the monies that reparative therapies generate, there is a gradual shift from "curing" homosexual orientations to promoting abstinence from sex altogether.
Ten years ago in May, 2004, Massachusetts had its first legal same-sex marriage. The ceremony was also the first of its kind to be held in the United States. My partner -- soon to be called my spouse -- and I were married a few months later.