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Civil Rights Act

Trans Legal Trailblazers Macy and Glenn Speak Out for Sweeping Educational Efforts

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

This is an opportunity to educate the general population that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, which encompasses tens of millions of people, is illegal and harmful to the bottom line. This is an opportunity to humanize and overcome ignorance and fear so that there is no desire to deny employment in the first place.

It's Time for 'Freedom Summer 2015'

Mary Buffett | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.

Major LGBT Advocates Who Had Previously Buried the Lede Come Out of the Closet -- Except One

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I would like to return to the post that generated the most debate and heat, "Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections," which provided in-depth background about the most momentous federal trans-rights advance in our history, and the community silence that followed. It struck a chord.

Working or Fighting: Your Choice

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear political pundits saying it is a mistake to compromise. It is important to hold firm on principles, but in most instances, it is possible to reach consensus. There are multiple examples, starting with our founding fathers, of people in government that held very firm views on various issues, but made compromises to reach consensus.

Defending the Dream in Ferguson: Vest or Vote

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 10.09.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

People think that because we have a black president race is no longer an issue. That people are no longer suppressed and that all is well with the world. This creates a type of complacency, a type of message that extra efforts don't need to be made to level the playing field and I've had enough.

Celebrating the Great Laws of 1964

William deBuys | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
William deBuys

If you believe that complexity is an element of beauty, then the complexity of life on this planet, expressed in billions upon billions of strands of DNA, makes it the most beautiful thing in the universe. Period. Hands down. No competition.

This Is No Ordinary Time in American History for the NAACP

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 11.08.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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.