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The Importance of Protecting Our Right to Vote: Reflecting on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

(13) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Half a century ago the Civil Rights Act of 1964 brought an end to the era of Jim Crow by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. One year later the landmark legislation was strengthened and expanded when the Voting Rights Act of 1965...

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Continuing the Fight for Women's Rights With Paycheck Fairness

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:48 PM

When Jeannette Rankin of Montana was elected as the first woman to serve in Congress, she knew that she would not be the last. Since her swearing in to office in 1916 -- four years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the establishment of women's suffrage -- more...

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Refocusing Humanitarian Aid in Syria

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 8:00 AM

The ongoing conflict in Syria has stretched into its fourth year, and the regional humanitarian crisis shows little signs of improvement. The United States must do more to ensure that its aid is utilized to the greatest effect possible.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 140,000...

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Focusing on Foster Care

(3) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 2:28 PM

Far too often, attention is only given to the failures of the foster care system. As necessary as this may be, only through greater awareness of both the system's failures and accomplishments can we better serve our children in need.

On March 30th, a delegation of Members of Congress...

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Voting Law Changes: Your Rights Are Under Attack

(109) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 12:11 PM

There is a "War on Voting" in this country and, wherever you live, you need to be paying close attention. The Constitution protects voters from discrimination, but that protection is being challenged in states across the nation, and making it harder for people to vote.

In dozens of state legislatures,...

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The Struggle Continues for the Dream

(38) Comments | Posted August 27, 2011 | 4:40 PM

Today, when the term "civil rights" appears to be an old-fashioned concept and the ideology of post-racialism penetrates the minds of many Americans, it is only proper to pause and recognize moments in history that remind us not only of how far we have come, but of how the fight...

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