Let's not vote for Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner, for the sake of our daughters and every young woman growing up in New York City and around the world.
The proximity of the differently decided Voting Rights Act and gay marriage Supreme Court cases and the Zimmerman trial should serve as a reminder to LGBT people that it is immensely important to have a broader sense of justice than our own drive for marriage equality.
For every person in this society to begin receiving a fair shake, each one of us has to become proactive in fighting on the side of right and not on the side of privilege.
Many of us who work in prisoner reentry, as soon as we heard the ruling, responded reflexively -- to Chief Justice Roberts or to no one in particular -- "Have you been to prison lately?"
The disheartening yet unsurprising result in the Trayvon Martin case has been the subject of incessant conversations with both French and American friends in France, where I am working presently. What has struck me in these discussions is how universal a tragedy the Trayvon Martin story is.
Now that a little time has passed, we can have a bit more perspective on the important cases handed down by the Court during the last week of this year's term. Looking at the cases as a group reveals the true colors of the Supreme Court of the United States.
The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.
Trayvon Martin's killing by George Zimmerman will be lost or diminished as an instructive template for a sustained national dialogue about race today in the United States unless practical steps are immediately initiated to assure such a dialogue
Today the ACLU is back in court to ask that Pennsylvania's photo ID law be blocked permanently, as it is an unnecessary and unjustifiable burden on the fundamental right to vote
While we have made undeniable progress on civil rights, racial bias in the form of race-neutral code words and systemic injustice continues to be the silent force determining access to the ballot box and vulnerability in our criminal justice system.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Between 200,000 and 300,00 people, more than 75 percent of whom were African-American, gathered around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
North Carolina is the latest in a string of Republican states to attempt to restrict women's access to reproductive care. But why now, 40 years after Roe v. Wade, which ruled abortion a matter a privacy, are we seeing such a concerted attack from the right?
On issue after issue, the GOP has veered far from the mainstream of the American electorate. Worse, they are swimming upstream against a tide of changing demographics.
With unseemly haste following the Supreme Court's recent nullification of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Mississippi has moved to enforce a new voter identification law that will suppress the vote of African Americans.
The GOP has begun to turn up the temperature on the pots of water a bit too quickly, ensuring the frogs will jump out. Watching the gathering protests and escalating anger in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina these past two weeks has given me hope that people are paying more attention.
For a clear sense of what the Republican Party has in store for the entire country, were it able to get its clutches on all the levers of power, North Carolina is becoming an increasingly illuminating place to look. In six short months, the party has cut a swathe of destruction through the state.