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Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

How Four College Students Started a Revolution

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Even many liberals -- black and white -- thought that they were too radical. But their actions galvanized a new wave of civil rights protest. But this is how people make history.

"It's Obama's Fault," In Rhyme

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

If one believes nay-saying conservatives: It's Obama's fault for Palin's son's PTSD, For hair loss, acne, and the sting of a bee. It's Obama's ...

The Navy Is Naming A Ship In Honor Of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday that it is naming a ship after Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as a way to honor the civil rights hero who he...

Black Leaders In Congress Condemn Antonin Scalia's Comments On Race

The Huffington Post | Ruby Mellen | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- African-American leaders in Congress sharply condemned Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Thursday for his remarks que...

Altadena Son Of The South Hailed By Atlanta

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 12.01.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Rosa Parks and John Lewis are the subjects of one of Boyd Lewis' photos. Parks triggered the modern civil rights movement with the 1955 Birmingham Bu...

Robert F. Kennedy Would Be 90 Years Old Today

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The meaning of Robert Kennedy's public life will continue to be contested. But on this day that would have been his 90th birthday, his legacy will remain strongly identified with the rejuvenating spirit of grassroots activism.

The House GOP Wants Private Debt Collectors To Take Over IRS Jobs

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are pushing to give private debt collectors the right to target all unpaid tax bills, handing a traditional IRS respo...

Aviva Kempner's "Rosenwald" : An Education!

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Aviva Kempner's "Rosenwald" is brilliant in its simplicity, rich in the issues it raises. Kempner's narrative rise of Julius Rosenwald touches on racism, the legacy of slavery, wealth disparity, social responsibility, education, poverty, and economic mobility. She seems to leave only one stone unturned . . . but it is an important one.

John Lewis Makes Emotional Plea For Peace In Iran Deal Speech

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

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As We Mark the 50th Anniversary Let's Restore the Voting Rights Act

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

This law was the culmination of many bloody years of activism on behalf of the African-American community and their allies. Today, I am privileged to serve alongside Congressman John Lewis -- a dear friend of mine who played a pivotal role in securing the right to vote.

John Lewis Is Both A Civil Rights-Era Badass And Our Most Adorable Congressman

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is more than a civil rights icon. He's an all-around fun guy.  The congressman was spotted Thursday on Capitol Hill ...

John Lewis Shows Comic-Con What A Real-Life Superhero Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) visited Comic-Con this weekend, where he showed attendees what a real-life superhero looks like. Lewis attended the San Die...

John Lewis, Civil Rights Veteran, Asks Black Clergy To 'Fix' Voting Rights Act

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Civil rights veteran and Congressman John Lewis urged black clergy to work for changes in the Voting Rights Act on the second anniver...

John Lewis Honors The Freedom Riders 54 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) shared a photo on Twitter Monday on the 54th anniversary of the start of the Freedom Rides. Lewis and 12 others left Washin...

Re-Thinking Non-Violent Resistance (PODCAST)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

In the face of the systematic racism of America's policing and prison system as well as crippling poverty that disproportionally affects the black community, how does non-violence work to actually solve the root of the problem? Or does it work at all?

I Will No Longer Pay Taxes for War

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

No longer can I look past the reality that my annual voluntary forfeiture of money to my government pays for violence around the globe, at astounding levels, and I am not able to provide any more excuses or rationalizations that paying without protest, that being complicit in funding war without resistance, is not contradictory to my faith and to my conscience.

Creating the History You Want to Share

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

For almost 30 years, people in Georgia's Fifth District -- and all of America -- have been able to count on this person of unquestionable integrity, someone who shares our hunger for justice and love of the planet.

A New Name for the Selma Bridge Is Long Overdue

Anjali Enjeti | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Anjali Enjeti

Perhaps you've never heard of Edmund Winston Pettus, a Civil War General, U.S. Senator, and in 1877, the Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. But you know his bridge.

In a City of 'Good People,' How Can 'Selma' Happen?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

We often portray life within these moralistic extremes -- good people versus bad people, instead of people who do good things or people who do bad things.

Sustaining the Momentum III

Martin Marty | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

As memorable as the hours spent supporting Civil Rights on the Bridge, was John's and my walk down Selma's main street. Boarded shops, deserted buildings, devastation of the landscape and cityscape formed the scene -- as it does in so many other cities.

A President's Speech, A Fraternity's Rant

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

There was Oklahoma. But then there's Selma...

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Last Saturday, during the 50th anniversary event of "Bloody Sunday," I spent many hours just looking at that bridge. The words that kept coming to me were "courage" and "resistance." My question became: What bridge we will now have to cross?

John Lewis Says Voter ID Laws Are 'Poll Taxes By Another Name'

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Thursday that voter ID laws are a modern-day version of poll taxes once used by Southern ...

Who Tells the History

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

We must be bold enough to tell our own histories, even as we strive to listen more faithfully. The president reminds us, "America is not some fragile thing."