It is the electorate's fault that we have allowed corporations to hijack our government, influence politicians to deregulate their industries and then save them when they fail.
Clarence Thomas says, "Every person in this room has endured a slight," as though a white person's encounter with a thoughtless store clerk is roughly equivalent. In my New York City school, every single boy of color I've spoken with has experienced racial profiling.
On its surface, the case known as Harris v. Quinn now before the Supreme Court is yet another attempt to kill off public employee unions. And while that's certainly troubling enough, this case is about more than workers' rights. It potentially opens up yet another front in the war on women.
Today's barriers to the ballot might look different than they did when the League was founded 94 years ago, but they remain threats to our democracy all the same.
In the same way, without Obamacare, without the government making us buy health insurance, we would be condemning millions of Americans to lives without health care. We would be restricting their freedom. And what right do we have to do that?
If the law is to be understood and obeyed, it must be public information. How can we follow the law if we don't know what it is? This is the astonishingly unfortunate reality for a large number of our nation's laws.
The soundbites from Congressional hearings highlight a legal vulnerability for journalists, especially journalists who write about national security, defense and foreign policy matters.
Amidst all the ruckus, babies continue to have their diapers changed and kids are scolded and praised. -- one loving straight or gay family at a time, parents and non-parents alike, too preoccupied to read let alone heed every blow-by-blow of the partisan tug-of-war.
History may show that from this point forward, we will have left behind any semblance of constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where all citizens are suspects and security trumps freedom.
Does a public union belong in the most private of workplaces? Thousands of personal care workers in Illinois who tend to elders and people with disabilities at home wouldn't have it any other way.
In culture war clashes, the word "sin" gets flung around loosely -- many Christians claim to "call a sin a sin," "take a stand against sin," and not "enable or aid sin." If I were to simply observe the issues on which Christians "take a stand," I'd conclude that the entire doctrine of sin is concerned primarily with sexual activity.
A significant group of child victims remains unrecognized as such -- children in the commercial sex industry.
The right has been focusing its attacks on public sector workers, one-fourth of whom are represented by unions with collective-bargaining rights. It has aimed to weaken bargaining rights in Midwestern states with long histories of union representation and has had (too) much success. This week, it brought that fight to the Supreme Court.
In McCullen v. Coakley , the plaintiff describes herself as "plump." She is short, and is 77 years old. They try to make it sound as if all protesters are and look like her. But that's not what we see and experience, week after week, in front of our health center.
Several years ago, the International Court of Justice directed the United States to take another look at the convictions and death sentences of dozens of foreigners, including Edgar Tamayo, in light of American authorities' violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The governor of Texas, however, was unimpressed.