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Lead Belly and John Legend to Attorney General Lynch: Redress Juvenile Injustices

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Liz Ryan

With Loretta Lynch now taking over the helm of the U.S. Department of Justice as the new Attorney General, it is crucial that she takes John Legend's and Lead Belly's concerns into account and focuses on redressing juvenile injustices.

Racist Police, Courts, Fraternities: Who Says We Don't Need Affirmative Action Anymore?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

If affirmative action -- or, better, equal opportunity -- is to be reinstated, we need to "build it better," as the new mantra goes. And its practitioners need to keep control of their instrument.

Inmate Advocates Worry About Prison-Rape Law's Fate

AP | REBECCA BOONE | Posted 01.05.2015 | Crime

When Jan Lastocy was repeatedly raped by a Michigan state prison guard, she felt she'd become invisible. There was no rape crisis center hotline. She'...

The Federal Government Recognizes Battle Over Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Wednesday marked a milestone in the 18-year battle between state and federal law concerning medical marijuana. But to me, and thousands of other Americans, it marks a day that our country has finally acknowledged that our battle exists.

#DialInForJustice: A Faith-Rooted Initiative To End Police Brutality

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

To join with a symphony of justice, I am calling faith communities to participate in a national #DialInForJustice during the month of December. The goal is to call the Unites States Department of Justice and local police departments, communicating our desire to see systemic reforms to policing in America.

Still an American Dilemma

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

So here we are, approaching Christmas 2014. Racism still taints the American dream. And unlike, say, in 1964 when there was a sense of a movement on the march with history on its side, it is hard to summon up optimism.

Immigration 'Court' Reform More About Justice Than Immigration

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

President Obama may have "delayed" his promise for major immigration reform to accommodate the politics of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but there remains an opportunity for massive improvement to the immigration "court" system. The reason that such measures can gain consensus support is the same reason that "court" must be in quotation marks.

California, 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation celebrates the 1954 Supreme Court landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, California is confronting its own troubling education reality.

#SaveUSChildren

Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

Lost Girls Are Everywhere

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Religious leaders should examine their own practices to root out injustices against women that, in the most extreme twisted minds, become justification for the most horrific crimes.

'Injustice Anywhere': A Philadelphia Story of Justice Denied

Will Bunch | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

This is America in 2014 -- a nation that has two separate and ridiculously unequal systems of justice. The wealthy and the well-connected are by now well aware that there are zero consequences for their insider trades and their financial chicanery, or their corrupt dealings, or, if they have enough juice, even for their rank crimes like ransacking a bodega or groping a cornered women.

Feds Open Banks for MMJ Business

The 420 Times | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Obama administration just said yes to banking for marijuana businesses in cannabis-legal states.

Dem Congressman Says He'd Be 'Happy' To See Holder Go

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

After the U.S. Justice Department's marijuana crackdowns, spying on reporters and aggressive prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, it seems A...

In The Public Interest : Four Reasons Lawmakers Are Scrutinizing How Companies Turn Settlements From Wrongdoing Into Tax Write Offs

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The oil giant BP paid for cleanup and compensation for their massive Gulf oil spill, and rightfully so. But was this a "necessary and ordinary cost of doing business" that deserved a $10 billion tax break? I think most of us would respond with a resounding, "no!"

Two Major Lawsuits Filed Against ExxonMobil for Arkansas Tar Sands Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

As the Mayflower lawsuits proceed and the Keystone XL northern half decision approaches, Mayflower can serve as a teachable moment as it applies to Keystone XL. Or it can serve as just yet another lesson not learned. Class begins now.

Feds Cracking Down On Foreclosure Auction Conspirators

AP | By PAUL ELIAS | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At the height of the financial crisis, bargain hunters would gather each week on county courthouse steps to bid on foreclosed p...

Dems Ask Feds To Probe Key Christie Plan

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Democrats are betting against Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to privatize the state lottery, saying the initial Mega Millions the state is ex...

Lufthansa Unit Caught Up In Bribery Scandal

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

* Lufthansa unit BizJet provides aircraft maintenance * Four insiders allegedly offered bribes to get contracts * Two de...

Chevron in Ecuador: U.S. Oil Company Spies on Latin American Country to Escape Multi-Billion Court Judgment

Karen Hinton | Posted 03.14.2013 | Green
Karen Hinton

Reports of China's involvement in spying on U.S. corporations have generated debate in this country about how to punish its government and prevent the theft of valuable American trade secrets. But what if it were the reverse? What if a U.S. corporation spied on a sovereign nation?

Sheldon Adelson's Company Admits To 'Likely' Corruption

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2013 | Business

March 2 (Reuters) - Las Vegas Sands Corp said it "likely" violated the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which outlaws the bribery of foreign o...

Behind Bars Simply For Being Poor

The Christian Science Monitor | Katy Reckdahl | Posted 12.20.2012 | Money

The teenager opened her neighbor's unlocked car, grabbed the iPhone off the armrest and ran home, a few doors away in her downtown neighborhood here. ...

Two Reports, One Conclusion: Do More to End Homelessness

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

On December 10, Human Rights Day, two national reports were released. The two reports paint a disturbing picture of human rights in the U.S. -- but also offer reason for hope.

HSBC's $2 Billion Fine 'Trivial'

Reuters | Carrick Mollenkamp and Brett Wolf | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business

(Reuters) - HSBC has agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion fine to settle a multi-year probe by U.S. prosecutors, who accused Europe's biggest bank of ...

Mississippi Town Sued Over 'School-To-Prison' Pipeline

Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Federal civil rights lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Meridian, Mississippi and other defendants in which they accuse city officials of operating ...

SPLC Sues Alabama Education Department For Refusing To Release Latino Student Attendance Data

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Education after the agency refused to release public records det...