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Satirist Paul Krassner Turning 80, Going Strong

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.04.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

There's irony in the fact that Paul Krassner sees "increasing insanity" in our current politics and culture. The 1960s activist whom the FBI once tagg...

Burr Oak Tragedy's Mastermind Sentenced To 12 Years

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

Fifty-one-year-old Carolyn Towns, of Blue Island, pleaded guilty and was convicted of a bevy of charges related to her oversight of an under-the-table...

Jesse Jackson, Black Leaders Are Right About Ending the War on Drugs

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

It's time for all of us to wake up and attack the problem of mass incarceration and the drug war. If there were ever a set of realities that are reflective of the persistent racial divides that continue to plague America, this one would be it.

Has the Movement Opposing America's Drug War Broken Through to the Mainstream?

Jesse Levine | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

The 40th anniversary of the war on drugs became an opportunity for leaders from diverse backgrounds to emerge with the unified message that the drug war failed.

'N***a' Will Never Be Funny... Especially in The Hangover Part II

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 06.01.2011 | Entertainment
Morris W. O'Kelly

I could go to painstaking lengths, detailing how deeply offensive and unfunny the repeated and gratuitous use of n**** in The Hangover Part II was, but the damage in large part has already been done.

Wal-Mart Welcomes Back 'Dirty Tricks' Republican Operative

Al Norman | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Al Norman

The Republican operative who was fired by Wal-Mart five years ago for his role in a race-baiting ad, has now been welcomed back to the fold in Bentonville.

Racial Injustice Causes Real Pain in the Lives of Black Americans

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

When it comes to black life in America, neglecting our impetus for policy reform has a real consequence on the lives of real people. We focus on silly issues like birth certificates while children die in the streets and the genocide on the futures of young black children continues.

Trymaine Lee

Rev. Jesse Jackson Calls Bin Laden's Death 'Huge Psychological Victory' | Trymaine Lee | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

Originally posted at BlackVoices Osama bin Laden didn't discriminate when it came to the bloody work of terrorism. He was an equal opportunity kill...

Trymaine Lee

DNC's Family Feud Over Minority Contracting | Trymaine Lee | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

Party insiders say the Democratic National Committee awards few contracts to companies controlled by racial minority groups, despite repeated pledges ...

Congressman Blames Unemployment On The iPad

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 06.17.2011 | Technology

On Friday, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) addressed the United States's current unemployment crisis and claimed the iPad was "probably responsib...

Gay Man Accuses Rev. Jesse Jackson Of Harassment, Discrimination

Posted 06.14.2011 | Chicago

Story by Andrew Davis, Courtesy of the Windy City Times In a document filled with stunning allegations, Tommy R. Bennett has filed a complaint with t...

My Parents' Mixed Marriage

John Merrow | Posted 06.14.2011 | Education
John Merrow

If Republican politicians honestly wanted to strengthen America, they would be urging dual language public schools.

William Alden

Jesse Jackson Speaks To Milwaukee Crowd In Support Of Unions | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MILWAUKEE -- Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to a crowd of demonstrators in Milwaukee Thursday evening, laying out a strategy to oppose the anti-union rights...

Megyn Kelly Spars With Jesse Jackson Over Wisconsin

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Megyn Kelly sparred with Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday's "America Live" about the ongoing protests in Wisconsin. The interview came in the wake of...

Are Chicago's Racial Politics Changing?

AP | DON BABWIN and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The plan was simple: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chicago's other black leaders would choose one black candidate to run for mayor, invok...

Popular Uprisings, From the Middle East to the Midwest : Democracy Now! Reports Feb. 22

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

"Nobody goes to jail," writes Matt Taibbi in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. "This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw vi...

Madigan Wants Burge Pension Terminated

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last month, Chicago's Police Pension Board voted to allow convicted police lieutenant Jon Burge to keep his $3,000-a-month pension. The news outraged ...

Jesse Jackson Will Sue To Block Jon Burge's Pension

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last week, Chicago's Pension Police Board voted to allow convicted police lieutenant Jon Burge to keep his $3,000-a-month pension. But one civil right...

1 Cop Fired, 3 Suspended In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man

AP | JONATHAN J. COOPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland police officer was fired and three others were suspended in connection with the fatal shooting of an unarmed black m...

The Dark Side of WikiLeaks

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvette Carnell

Unless you're plugged into international news organizations, you wouldn't know that many of the WikiLeaks cables delve into African issues. The responsible mouthpieces have been silent.

Will Danny Davis Or Carol Moseley Braun Drop Out Of Mayor's Race?

Chicago Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Congressman Danny Davis says that, at the behest of various black ministers, he and Carol Moseley Braun will meet again later today to discuss whether...

Stan Greenberg: Afghanistan War Likely Cause of Primary Challenge

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Press reports have suggested that the White House is trying to make Democratic voters forget that the Administration promised to start drawing down troops from Afghanistan in July 2011.

Wal-Mart's Wooing of the Reverend Sharpton

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

This week, Crain's New York Business reports that Wal-Mart is wooing black leaders again. The retailer invited a handful of black icons in New York City to visit the mothership in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Soledad O'Brien: Jesse Jackson Told Me I 'Didn't Count' As Black

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In her new book, "The Next Big Story," CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien recounts an exchange she had with Jesse Jackson, where the civil rights leader told ...

A Progressive Primary to Push for Jobs and End the Wars

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The worst thing we must now face is that the 2010 election is likely a preview of 2012, unless some dramatic new element is introduced into our national politics that changes the character of national debate.