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Civil Rights Act of 1964

Democrats Should Widen Focus on Voter Suppression

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans want to make it harder to vote, Democrats want to make it easier. It's a simple concept, and it's one that strikes at a foundational belief most Americans share: Things always get better throughout American history, never worse.

Friday Talking Points -- Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week was a big week for women's rights, as the Senate pushed for an Equal Pay Act to celebrate Equal Pay Day. It was filibustered, which just goes to show that one party cares about women's rights and one party clearly does not.

Steps Forward on School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is used as an opportunity to teach children about his legacy. But in too many of those same schools, Black and other nonwhite children's extraordinary talents are still being wasted.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

The Virtual Repeal of Kennedy-Johnson Administrations' 'Signature Achievement'

Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.) | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.)

Federal judges from trial courts to the Supreme Court have interpreted the Civil Rights Act virtually, although not entirely, out of existence. This is so across judicial philosophies, across the political spectrum and even across presidential appointments.

If Kennedy Lost...

Ross M. Wallenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ross M. Wallenstein

The "what ifs" surrounding President John F. Kennedy's death have fascinated historians and history buffs like me for half a century. Yet they almost always presume reelection.

Dr. King's Dream and the Latino Community: 50 Years Later

Janet Murguía | Posted 10.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

We have a broken immigration system that has failed them and has failed us as a country. I hope Congress will heed the calls this weekend that true justice includes enacting comprehensive immigration reform.

Ashley Balcerzak

March On Washington 50th Anniversary Events | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

On August 28, 2013, it will have been 50 years since Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 people in the March on Washington for Jobs ...

Mrs. Rosa Parks -- Before and After the Bus

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, too many would-be movement leaders simply want to be Dr. King or Mrs. Rosa Parks: they want the glory and privilege of leadership without the burdens or sacrifice and sustained hard work. Movements are not built from the top down by powerful leaders but percolate from the bottom up from people who share common grievances.

Gene Demby

The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 And Obama's White Voter Problem | Gene Demby | Posted 07.03.2012 | Black Voices

In the year after the bill that would become the Civil Rights Act was introduced into Congress, the president who stumped for it would be killed, his ...

48 Years Of The Civil Rights Act: How Well Do You Know Your History? (QUIZ)

Posted 07.02.2012 | Black Voices

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Passed on July 2nd, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a pivotal p...

Game Change: How About a War FOR Women?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 07.18.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I sometimes wonder if we've been so busy defending ourselves from recent assaults that we've become too distracted and too exhausted to regain our forward momentum.

Paul's Fetish on Civil Rights

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Paul's oft times uttered quip that private business owners have an absolute right to decide what to do with their own property; to make his point that it is legally wrong to tell private business owners what they can do with their business is laughable.

Why Does the Media Persist in Calling Ron Paul a Libertarian?

Asher Smith | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics
Asher Smith

Paul represents not a new libertarian age, but old-fashioned American federalism -- the belief that sovereign state governments should have free rein within their borders, free from pesky federal intervention and regulation.

Fred Shuttlesworth: Much More Than A Footnote

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Troy Jackson

A few hours before I learned of Steve Jobs' death, I got a text message from my wife on my Steve Jobs-inspired iPhone: civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth had died.

Why Dr. King Would Have Championed Universal Broadband Adoption

David Honig | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
David Honig

As the nation prepares to dedicate Dr. Martin Luther King's National Memorial, let's give ourselves this thought experiment: "What would Dr. King be doing today if he were armed with the social media and telecommunications technology we take for granted?"

Coalition Works To Protect Religious Employees

Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of religious and civil liberty groups is pushing the Equal Employment Opportuni...

Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Not long ago, a passing familiarity with Bible verses, a flair for rhetoric, and hunger for a following could be enough to land someone in a small-tow...

Flip Flopping on Obama: Democrats are Wimps

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Obama was written off as a loser by his own team simply because he could not change 50 years of social inertia in his first year in office.

The Randy and Dicky Show

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Ostroy

Thank you Rand Paul and Dick Blumenthal. As if 2010 wasn't an exciting enough election year for political junkies like me, you two sideshows leaped onto the national stage for our entertainment pleasure.

Why Didn't Rand Paul Fire His Racially Suspect Mouthpiece?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The news hit last December that there was a racially inflammatory picture of the lynching of a black man next to a smiling cherubic picture of three y...

Rand Paul the Tea Party-Pooper

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Rand's bizarre civil rights stand this week illustrates just how loony this Tea Party movement is and how politically dangerous its candidates will be.

Race Trips up Rand Paul Too

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If Rand and company have to reach back nearly half a century and dredge up a monumental piece of legislation that totally remade the racial map in America to fire up the faithful, then so be it.

WWJD: What Would Johnson Do?

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Lyndon Johnson understood that legislative majorities are fundamentally impermanent, and that political capital should be spent rather than dissipated. Obama should take a page from his book.

Health Care Reform: Some Optimism Please

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

Health care costs are rising fast and are the largest cause of personal bankruptcies. Our life expectancy is lower than most industrialized countries, but our health care costs more than any of them.