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Rev. Al Sharpton

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Leave Your Rights at the Door

(9) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Just when we thought the rights of women, workers and minorities faced enough setbacks, it appears the nation's highest court has done it once again.

In an outrageous decision today, the Supreme Court ruled (Hobby Lobby case) that closely held corporations are not required to provide a full range of...

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Justice for the Central Park Five

(11) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:15 PM

There's a part of New York City's history that some would like to forget. For more than a decade, a group of men collectively known as the Central Park Five have been fighting for justice in a civil suit against the City after an investigation overturned their wrongful prison sentences...

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Why 2014 Should Be Another Freedom Summer

(16) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 1:02 PM

During this very week 50 years ago, Americans -- many of them students and young folks -- gathered in the state of Mississippi alongside civil rights leaders, activists, local citizens and others as they collectively engaged in an extensive voter registration project. Freedom Summer, as it was aptly titled, helped...

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Donald Sterling Debacle: Shake Down or Shake Up?

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Last week, several civil rights leaders joined me for an urgent meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to discuss the LA Clippers matter and other issues involving the league going forward. It was a necessary meeting and one where we raised key areas of concern that have actually been prevalent...

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I Am My Brother's Keeper

(6) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:51 PM

I could have easily been a statistic. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, it was easy -- a little too easy -- to get into trouble. Surrounded by poor schools, lack of resources, high unemployment rates, poverty, gangs and more, I watched as many of my peers fell victim to a...

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Racism & Bias -- Can We Pause and Be Honest with Ourselves?

(25) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 1:57 PM

There was a time when racism in the United States was defined by the shackles of enslavement and captivity. It was the most overt and vicious form of subjugation imaginable, and it was the norm for many years. As I often say, we have come a long way from the...

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Violation of the Spirit of Brown V. Board of Education

(29) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Just a few days ago, we marked the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling that abolished "separate but equal" schools in our education system. It was a landmark moment that not only recognized the importance of integration, but also the value of education. In the...

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Bring Back Our Girls and Let's Stop Ignoring Africa

(36) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:28 PM

As I stood in front of the Nigerian Consulate this weekend helping to lead a prayer vigil for the nearly 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, I looked out across the crowd at the faces of children, parents, activists and leaders all gathered in support of a crisis inflicting innocents...

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The Death Penalty Must Go

(40) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 4:12 PM

I'll never forget the moment when I watched a man take his last breath after being executed by the state of Texas. The year was 2000 and Gary Graham lost his last attempt at an appeal/clemency when he was killed before my very eyes. Then-Governor George W. Bush said the...

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So Much for a 'Post-racial' America

(155) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 1:11 PM

In 2009 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke candidly about race relations when he said, "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."...

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Freedom Summer 2014

(11) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 2:11 PM

People often equate summer with inaction; a time to kick back and do as little as possible. Well in 2014, we must do the opposite -- this must be a freedom summer. Everything from voting rights, minimum wage, women's rights, fair pay, health care, LGBT rights, protection of unemployment insurance/other...

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Staying Focused

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 8:26 AM

Distraction is nothing new. On the road to progress and justice, obstruction is expected. Throughout history, when people push for change, they are routinely attacked, ridiculed and criticized. Not even the President of the United States is exempt from distractors, nor is the attorney general. Last week at National Action...

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A Time for Action

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 1:53 PM

People often come up to me and ask what the phrase "no justice, no peace" really means. Those who have personally never faced oppression, discrimination or injustice will try to turn it into something negative, and that's expected. But many times, folks -- especially young people -- will ask what...

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Hating Obama Is Not A Health Care Plan

(138) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:04 PM

If there's one thing I've learned in my time on this earth, it's that people love to talk a good game. Instead of actually taking action or concrete steps to create change, they just talk a lot -- endlessly. A prime example is the relentless attacks against health care reform....

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Education Reform Without Addressing the Race Gap Is Education Deform

(23) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:10 PM

It's been 60 years since the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education decision, which unanimously held that racial segregation of children in public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Over half a century has passed since that historic ruling, and yet the disparity within our educational...

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Paul Ryan Doesn't Represent America

(39) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:04 PM

It's easy to attack and demagogue those who don't have a voice. It's easy to blame others when you fail to provide true leadership. And it's easy to reinforce stereotypes and misconceptions to win elections, or to win over your party's base. That is precisely what Republican Rep. Paul Ryan...

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Standing on Shaky Ground

(32) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Yesterday, we marched. Yesterday, we chanted. And yesterday, we stood in solidarity against an unjust law. Convening in Tallahassee, Florida, we organized a massive rally in a state that is ground zero for the outrageous 'Stand Your Ground' laws that have propped up in dozens of states. Joined by the...

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While We Celebrate the Oscars, We Can't Abort the Flight to Equality

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Yesterday was a momentous occasion for actors, filmmakers and everyone pushing for greater representation and depictions in Hollywood. I was very happy to see 12 Years a Slave win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as Lupita Nyong'o take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her...

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From Arizona to Uganda, We Must Protect the Rights of the LGBT Community

(20) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 12:21 PM

It's sometimes hard to believe that the year is 2014. For all of our advances, tech developments, innovations, achievements and progress, we are watching elected officials enact laws and propose others that are simply unbelievable. Last week, the Arizona State House of Representatives passed a bill that would...

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Calling on Leaders to Repeal 'Stand Your Ground'

(279) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Ever since the verdict in the Michael Dunn so-called 'loud music' trial was announced this weekend, many parents have asked me what they should tell their children. How do they even begin to explain why a judge was forced to declare a mistrial on the charge of first-degree murder? How...

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