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Whitman Teaches the Movement -- Your Campus Can Too!

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 01.14.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

For months we've been watching students on campuses across the country demand inclusion and racial equality. In a short time, students at Whitman College will do something about it.

Militants' Takeover In Oregon Is Part Of A Uniquely American Trend

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics

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Conservative Politicians Downplay Terrorism Threat From the Far Right

Phillip Martin | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics
Phillip Martin

Extremists from America's far right wing have carried out well over half of the deadliest terror attacks on American soil since 9/11. Experts on terrorism agree, but argue that some conservative politicians downplay this fact. The question is why?

GOP Candidates Distance Themselves From Trump But Embrace His Favorite Islamophobe

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

Some of the Republican presidential candidates slamming Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States are embraci...

Westboro Baptist Church: Thanks for Visiting and Come Again

David J. Smith | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
David J. Smith

What America looks like in my community - tolerant, progressive, diverse - is not America to many others. There are parts of this country where race relations are troubled, gays and lesbians are outcasts, and immigrants are blamed for much of the ills of the world.

A Tale of Two Pilgrimages

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Autumn is a lovely time to visit the nation's capital. Here I look at contrasting visits by two prominent faith leaders.

MAP: Where American Students Are Pepper-Sprayed At School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

In 2011, a 17-year-old girl was pepper-sprayed by a school resource officer at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, after getting in a dispute...

Ben Carson Was Only Recently Removed From The SPLC Extremist List

Laura Goldman | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Laura Goldman

Prior to Ben Carson's comment to Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that he "would not advocate putting a Muslim in charge of this country," the neurosurgeon and author had been listed as extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups around the country.

Freed Trans Woman Ashley Diamond On Life Behind Bars In Men's Prison

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman who served over three years in a Georgia men's prison, was released in late August after years of r...

Debtors Prisons Alive and Well in Louisiana

Bill Quigley | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has said it is unconstitutional, Louisiana still puts hundreds of people in prison every year just because they are too poor to pay court-ordered fines, court costs and costs of probation.

Black Trans Inmate Ashley Diamond Alleges New Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ashley Diamond, a 36-year-old transgender black woman, has been serving time in various men's prisons for the past three years for offenses ...

Race, Legacies, and the Confederate Flag

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Deborah J. Levine

According to Morris Dees, Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), hatred runs deeper than many are recognizing.

Black Churches In Four States Have Been Destroyed By Fire In The Past Week

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

At least four predominantly black churches have caught fire in the last week, including at least three that have been the subject of arson, the Southe...

Dylann Roof, the Charleston Murders and Hate in the Mainstream

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Most Americans would no doubt recoil at the ugly racism espoused by the CCC. But it would be a mistake to think that this extremist organization lurks only at the extreme fringe of American society.

Lila Shapiro

'Oranges, Baby Powder, Handcuffs And Duct Tape': Inside The Trial That May End The Gay 'Cure' | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- For years, Benjamin Unger had lived uneasily with the knowledge that he liked other guys, but in 2007, at 19 years old, the...

Rightist Critics of Pope Francis

Martin Marty | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

So predictable are the Pope's critics on the Right that we seldom engage in sighting them or commenting on them in Sightings. But never to notice them does a disservice to those who would like a full accounting of the Pope-in-public, the Pontiff-in-the media, etc.

Senate: Don't Mess With Birthright Citizenship

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

We've recently urged members of the U.S. Senate to reject an amendment, proposed by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, which has scheduled for floor action on Monday. Here's why.

Brown Lives Matter, Muslim Lives Matter

David A. Love | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

These tragic incidents received a mere fraction of the attention they should have. While the focus of late has been on #BlackLivesMatter, it is important to address the violence visited upon other groups, including religious and ethnic minority groups -- whether by terrorists, vigilantes or police who believe they have a right to monitor and take not only black lives, but brown lives too.

Giant X-Ray Screen Erases Gender, Age, Race To Prove 'We Are All Human'

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.05.2015 | Good News

There are few images more evocative of the human body than a skeleton. But it’s easy to disassociate this image with actual people. In the “Lo...

This Newly-Named Anti-Gay Extremist Could Be The Next GOP Presidential Candidate

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has been added to the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) list of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgen...

Why Does The New York Times Give Equal Time to a Hate Group?

Jeffrey S. Trachtman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeffrey S. Trachtman

The Family Research Council is not just another "conservative" political outfit. It is an anti-gay hate group -- so classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is in the business of tracking such things.

George Wallace Jr's Attack on Selma

Laurence Leamer | Posted 03.18.2015 | Media
Laurence Leamer

Wallace made his choice, and these days people in Alabama for the most part want to forget George C. Wallace.

Conference in Berlin Focuses on Rising Anti-Semitism

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

I was a member of a "rainbow" delegation of U.S.-advocacy organizations that came to the conference to emphasize, by our example and our words, that the battle against European anti-Semitism is everyone's fight, not simply a Jewish one. It is also a battle that we, as Americans, cannot ignore.

A Tent Too Large: the Republican Party and Anti-LGBT Bigotry

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

RNC Chair Reince Priebus yesterday said something predictable and something startling in response to the Supreme Court's refusal to overturn court decisions clearing the way for same-sex marriage.

Alabama Governor Calls Inmate Advocates 'Crazy' To Sue State

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) knows his state has a serious prison problem, but he had some harsh words for reform groups suing the state over a...