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Should Black Athletes Attend the University of Michigan?

Chad Williams | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices
Chad Williams

In my estimation, it is appropriate, if not essential, that black athletes pass over the University of Michigan and take their talents to institutions that are committed to the worthy ideals of accountability and racial diversity and value black students as more than muscle and sinew.

While Waiting for a Leader Like Dr. King, I'm Learning to Use My Own Voice

Del Ray Zimmerman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Del Ray Zimmerman

On behalf of lgbt youth and adults who feel they have no voice at all, I'm willing to keep stammering and crawling... until I fully find my own voice and learn how to fly.

The Supreme Court's New Gay Marriage Case Tests MLK's Dream of True Equality

Lisa Bloom | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Lisa Bloom

How fitting that just before Martin Luther King Jr. weekend our Supreme Court justices agreed to decide whether our constitution requires all 50 states to recognize same-sex marriages. As Dr. King said the night before he died, "All we say to America is be true to what you said on paper." Equal means equal.

Restoring Faith In U.S. Democracy

Ben Cohen  | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Over 140 organizations and millions of activists have banded together to counteract the Supreme Court's nefarious slash-and-burn of campaign finance restrictions, implemented to safeguard our democratic process from becoming a plutocracy where the wealthy few call all the shots.

Williams-Yulee Is Not About Free Speech, It's About Judicial Integrity

Yael Bromberg | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

The Supreme Court is hearing a case tomorrow that threatens to further politicize the bench at a time of skyrocketing spending in judicial races.

The End Game for Marriage Equality Is Here

James D. Esseks | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices
James D. Esseks

With today's SCOTUS announcement we are entering what we hope will be the last phase of a journey toward greater dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people that started decades ago and has accelerated at a truly astounding rate over the last year and a half. A win before the high court would be a watershed moment for the LGBT-rights movement.

Deportation for Possessing a Sock: Supreme Court Case Reflects How the War on Drugs Fuels the War on Immigrants

Alisa Wellek | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Alisa Wellek

The Supreme Court yesterday heard a case that reflects the tragic absurdity of both the War on Drugs and the mass deportation machine that relies on it.

Scott Walker Exposes the Fiction Behind King v. Burwell

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Despite all the rhetoric against Obamacare, conservative governors and state officials aren't exactly lining up to join the latest Supreme Court challenge designed to gut the Affordable Care Act. To see why, just listen to Walker, whose comments in 2013 controvert the central claim in King.

To Be a Fly on the Wall

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

On January 9, the United States Supreme Court will discuss whether to review of one or more of the five marriage equality cases now before it. We, like millions of other LGBT Americans, will have to wait for the Court's public announcement, which could come later in January.

Ensuring the Uninsured Suffer

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

America just celebrated the season of giving with Hanukkah and Christmas presents, year-end charity donations and soup kitchen volunteering. It is a time when Americans demonstrate the generosity, caring and kindness that define them as a people. Now, however, Americans may suffer the season of GOP taking.

Kate Clinton Talks LGBT Year in Review and 2015 LGBT Predictions (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked to Kate about how much work still needs to be done and her spin on our current LGBT issues.

The Chokehold Is Still Alive and Well Courtesy of the Supreme Court

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The double tragedy in the Garner slaying was, of course, his senseless death but also that his death does not alter the fact that the chokehold still remains on the official books as a weapon that police officers can use. For that, thank the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Must Make Clear That Pregnancy Discrimination Is Unjust

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

When working women, the primary purchasers in our consumer-fueled economy, are without a salary because they've been forced to quit, are fired or are pushed onto unpaid leave, it negatively affects our economy and families' financial security.

The Broken Promises of Citizens United

Duncan Hosie | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.

Windy City She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks read and wrote as a child. Her first poem was published when she was 14 years old. She attended college but could not find suitable work during the Depression

A Daughter's Plea to the Supreme Court: Let My Parents Keep Their Health Insurance

Arlene Brens | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Arlene Brens

I can't speak for everyone, but I can say that for my family, Obamacare has saved my parents' lives. I know that Obamacare is far from perfect. But instead of gutting a law that helps American families, why don't we make the law work better for all Americans?

Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

M&G has stricken hundreds of families in this rural West Virginia region with fear. They're scared they won't be able to afford health insurance they believed they'd earned. A decision by the Supreme Court affirming the lower courts' rulings would relieve retirees like 78-year-old Tackett and restore justice in Point Pleasant.

The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Who is really to blame when the wool gets pulled over your eyes: you, for believing the con man, or the con man for being true to his nature?

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 2

Dave Kreissman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

Time for a Level Playing Field at the Supreme Court

Evan Bernick | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Evan Bernick

In the vast majority of constitutional cases, the playing field is tilted decisively in favor of one side: The government.

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Aaron Zelinsky

Many have identified the weaknesses in Deresiewicz's jeremiad. In his forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions, David Lat, founder of the legal blog Above the Law, takes a different approach. What happens, he asks, to all those excellent sheep after graduation? His answer won't surprise many: The sheep get herded to law school.

Debtor's Prisons in Kentucky and Other Horrors of the Justice System

Don McNay | Posted 12.13.2014 | Crime
Don McNay

What is going on in Kentucky is apparently going on in various pockets of the nation. It has to stop because it is wrong. It also has to stop unless the rulings of the Supreme Court mean nothing to people charged with upholding them.

Voting Rights: What You Need to Know and How the Supreme Court Is Failing Us

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Janessa E. Robinson

As the U.S. Supreme Court rightfully makes way for same-sex marriage across the country, it simultaneously regresses policy on another civil liberty, voting rights.

After SCOTUS Decision, First Same-Sex Couples Wed In Five New States

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples across Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin scrambled to tie the knot Oct. 6 after th...

Why the Supreme Court Waited on Marriage Equality

Adam Winkler | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Today the Supreme Court announced it would not hear a marriage equality case in the near future, turning down several appeals of lower court rulings that voided bans on same-sex marriage. No doubt this is a disappointment to many who have been waiting for the Court to declare marriage equality a constitutionally protected right. Yet the decision is still a major victory for LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage is absolutely necessary for our country to fulfill its constitutional promises of equal protection and due process of law. Yet there were good reasons for the Court to hold off on deciding the marriage question this term.