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James Byrd Jr

To Dismantle the Spokes on the Oppression Wheel

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We can see concepts and issues of oppression as a wheel with each of the separate spokes representing the numerous forms, which continually trample over the rights and the very lives of individuals and entire groups of people.

Death Of East Texas Man Shrouded In Mystery

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 02.07.2014 | Crime

HOUSTON (AP) — Unanswered questions shroud the death of an East Texas man as his family rejects authorities' claims that their loved one died of a d...

How Can I Protect My Son From Becoming Another Trayvon Martin?

Melanie Coffee | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

The verdict unites some communities and divides others. The main thought that I can't really shake loose is: How can I protect my son from being another Trayvon Martin?

Texas Town's First Black Police Chief Sparks Racial Firestorm | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices

On a June morning in 1998, Rodney Pearson, the first black highway patrolman in Jasper, Texas, got a call. He walked along a mile and half of drag mar...

Why the Execution of a White Supremacist Murderer Matters Too

Ty Alper | Posted 11.25.2011 | Crime
Ty Alper

We are a society that locks people into cages for decades, then selects a tiny handful to pull out in the middle of the night and kill. That's who we are. And the horror of that is what sickens me, even more than the fact that Troy Davis might have been innocent.

Texas Ends Special Last Meals For Death-Row Inmates After 'Extensive' Food Request

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 11.22.2011 | Crime

MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (Associated Press) -- Texas inmates who are set to be executed will no longer get their choice of last me...

We Are All Eyewitnesses

Mary Mapes | Posted 11.21.2011 | Crime
Mary Mapes

Our system, too often, is as fundamentally unfair as we are -- as cruel as any one person can be, as riddled with hypocrisy, confusion and mistakes. Tonight, as prayers are delivered and hopes are dashed, we should resolve to finally do something about our addiction to execution.

Trymaine Lee

Troy Davis And Lawrence Brewer, A Tale Of Two Executions | Trymaine Lee | Posted 11.21.2011 | Black Voices

Two men sitting on Death Row are scheduled to die tonight, both by lethal injection, and both in two of the most racially charged cases in recent memo...

ReThink Review: Outrage -- One Reason Why the Bird/Shepard Hate Crimes Act Took So Long

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

And the main reason is because hatred/fear of gays is running neck-and-neck with hatred/fear of government for the most defining, unifying characteristic of the "modern" republican party.

LGBT Rights: The Time Is Now

State Rep. Julie Hamos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
State Rep. Julie Hamos

I hope the abolition of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is immediate. But there is still one crucial step that this country needs to take: We must make civil marriage equality the law of the land.

I Voted (Twice) for Obama, and Apparently I Lost

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

Warren's selection is a thumb in the eye of every lesbian and gay citizen, and an insult to kind and decent Americans who believed that Obama's presidency was the beginning of a new era.