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Civil Rights Act

This Is No Ordinary Time in American History for the NAACP

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Cornell William Brooks

In this season between anniversaries from Brown v. Board of Education to Freedom Summer to the Civil Rights Act, some pose an unsettling question. They ask if the NAACP is relevant. Though the question is wearisome not worrisome, it must be answered.

Wilderness and Civil Rights 50 Years Later: Recognizing the Ties of Race and Place

Lauret Savoy | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green
Lauret Savoy

We'd all do well to consider the Civil Rights and the Wilderness Act together if we are to understand this society -- for preserving wild lands and putting an end to Jim Crow segregation have more to do with each other than meets the eye.

Seeing the Humanity of "The Other"

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college

A Grandmother on 'Uppity Women', Universal Suffrage and Protecting the Vote

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Ninety-four years ago, August 18, 1920, Tennessee, the last state required to approve it, ratified the 19th amendment to the Constitution. In that moment, due to an "uppity" woman who raised a thoughtful son, American women gained the right to vote.

Can This Southern Restaurant Prove It Isn't Biased?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Unlike those big corporations, Mary's doesn't hate! Mary's simply wants to reward its favorite customers with a 15% discount. What could be wrong with that?

Dave Jamieson

This Congressman Wants To Give You The Right To Sue Union Busters

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If your boss tramples on your right to organize in the workplace, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) believes you should be able to sue for da...

Evidence, Brown, and the Civil Rights Act

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In my own field, education, the "gap" between white students and African American and Hispanic children is always decried but never solved. It has remained about the same since 1980. Could we solve it?

Regarding Culture Thieves

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Diversity is no mere slogan, but a challenging reality. Respect that is not reciprocated is subservience. As I would not have your beliefs imposed on me, so I must not impose mine on you. This is part of the social contract.

50 Years After the Civil Rights Act

Dan Cardinali | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

We're not facing angry mobs and jail time, but I like to think that our work is furthering the hopes and dreams of the brave kids who marched in the streets of Birmingham.

Reclaiming 'USA!, USA! USA!' from the Bigots in Murrieta

Janet Murguía | Posted 09.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

However you feel about the immigration issue, the sight of angry protesters in Murrieta, California shouting invectives to a busload of children and their moms has to make you queasy.

Stand Up For Voting Rights -- The Inalienable Rights You Save May Be Your Own

Christine Pelosi | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

How will America pass this test of character -- this test of our liberty, community, and equality? The clearest step we can take is to demand our liberty, community and equality at the polling place.

LBJ's Use of Power Is Needed in Today's Fight for Moral Immigration Policies

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Where there is a will, there is a way, even in today's political world where change seems to be harder to come by, as the president acknowledged during his retrospective on LBJ's "genius" political work on civil rights.

Drug Policy Reform: The Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century

Malik Burnett | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Malik Burnett

The year 2014 has seen several significant drug policy reform milestones. And today marks a major historical anniversary in the nation's efforts toward eliminating discriminatory practices from government policy, and bringing hope to communities of color nationwide.

The Civil Rights Act at 50: A Conversation With Rep. John Conyers

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

We spoke about what it was like running for office while Congress was debating the bill, the atmosphere in Washington immediately after its passage, what this law means for our country, and what is left to do to fulfill its promise.

50 Years After the Civil Rights Act, Our Journey Continues

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 09.01.2014 | DC
Rabbi Marc Schneier

As we kick off the summer of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, let us remember this historic moment in time and recommit ourselves towards working for justice and equality between members of all races, religions and communities.

Honoring the Civil Rights Act, 50 Years Later

Page Gardner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Page Gardner

Twenty-two states have passed new voting-restriction laws, and advocates are fighting back in court. We must continue to support free and fair voting for all Americans, and to honor the civil rights pioneers who came before us.

Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

Dr. King famously said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." The Civil Rights Act changed the face of the nation, bending the arc sharply on July 2, 1964. But much work remains. On the 50-year anniversary of its passage, let us rededicate ourselves to the task of building a fairer, more just society.

1964: A Year of Beginnings

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Today, we celebrate President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but the year 1964 itself deserves its own celebration. It was the year of beginnings not yet finished.

The Promise of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Morris Dees | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Morris Dees

On this day, let us remember that the march for justice is not over. Our nation is again deeply divided. And there are many who continue to suffer because of deeply embedded bigotry and hate.

Braden Goyette

15 Charts That Show The U.S. Isn't Over Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Braden Goyette | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. ...

Seeking Jobs as Well as Justice

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

The struggle for the Civil Rights Act was about more than simply ending discrimination. It was about ending economic injustice and fighting for fair and equal access to good jobs and decent wages.

Foundations Must Be 'Freedom Funders' Once Again

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

As we honor the movement's activists and organizers, we must not forget to also recognize the handful of bold foundations that provided important financial support for the movement in the decade preceding this major victory.

Drain on My Parade: Did the Human Rights Campaign Sell Us Out on ENDA and Outsource LGBT Rights?

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Such is HRC's disdain for our community that they evidently used ringers at the New York City Pride Parade: fresh-faced 20-somethings who work for McCann, one of the largest ad agencies in the world. The largest -- and richest -- LGBT-rights group in the country could not be bothered to field a team for the largest LGBT-pride parade in the country.

50 Years After the Civil Rights Act, Is the Joke on Women?

Martha Burk | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

History is divided on whether adding sex discrimination to the list of no-nos in the 1964 Civil Rights Act was meant to be a joke or a death knell for the bill. Either way, with women still making 77 cents on the dollar compared to men and the courts now firmly on the side of corporations, the joke is on women now.

The Courage of Sacrifice: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, 50 Years Later

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

Despite the gains made since the Civil Rights Act, we still remain woefully behind in a race so serious that the outcome threatens the very future of our freedom. There are still populations in this country who call themselves Americans but are yet denied the full benefits of American personhood. If there is any evidence of our need for continued progress, it is there.