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The Quality of Whose Life? Part 3

Paul Boden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Boden

This is the third article in a series we're writing on Quality of Life ordinances, our contemporary version of the vagrancy laws that have been with u...

A Legacy

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Peter Jan Honigsberg

On a steamy and stormy Saturday in late August 2010, I joined 200 friends and family members of Robert (Bob) Hicks as we celebrated the naming of "Robert (Bob) Hicks" street in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

Who Cares Who Wins the Elections

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

Either way, we will not win on November 2nd. Sure, party hangers-on hoping for sweetheart contracts and other favors care, and are working overtime u...

Charter Schools and Civil Rights: What Kind of 'Movement' is This?

Brian Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Jones

This "civil rights struggle" has many features that distinguish it from the historic movement of the previous generation.

Honoring Guy Carawan

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Peter Dreier

Friends and fans of Guy Carawan will honor the legendary singer, folklorist, and activist whose arrangement of "We Shall Overcome" became the anthem of the American civil rights movement.

Drone Warfare on Trial

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We have to find a way to interrupt the false consensus of military-industrial America at the level at which it wages war and engages with the rest of the planet. Doing so takes persistence and courage -- and sometimes a breakthrough occurs.

A Reality (and Sanity) Check for Progressives- Speech to Petaluma Progressive Festival

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Transcript of my comments to the annual Progressive Festival in Petaluma, CA, September 26, 2010: First of all, thank you to the organizers of this e...

Tea Party Activists? They Actually Are Inactivists!

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Since when did the media switch from calling Tea Party members "Tea Baggers" to "activists?" What is their noble activity? Dressing up in silly costumes and once a year attending rallies.

Ernest C. Withers, Famous Civil Rights Photographer, Was FBI Agent Hired To Spy On Movement

The Memphis Commercial Appeal | Marc Perrusquia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The grief-stricken aides photographed by Withers on April 4, 1968, had no clue, but the man they invited in that night was an FBI informant -- evidenc...

Famed Civil Rights Photojournalist Was An FBI Informant

commercialappeal.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A veteran freelancer for America's black press, Withers was known as "the original civil rights photographer," an insider who'd covered it all, from t...

US to Muslims: Please Sit at the Back of the Bus

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Islamophobia is growing in the United States. Hate graffiti is now discoloring my own building here in New York City -- calling for the Holy Quran to ...

'At the Dark End of the Street': A New History

Danielle McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Danielle McGuire

Gertrude Perkins is never mentioned in the history books, but she had as much to do with the Rosa Parks bus boycott as anyone on earth.

Eugene Robinson: Haley Barbour's 'Civil Rights Fairy Tale'

The Washington Post | Eugene Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who may seek the Republican nomination for president, is trying to sell the biggest load of revisionist nonsense about...

Large-Spirited America

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Robert Koehler

"The holiest of all spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love." All along, Sept. 11 has cried out for words like this, for ...

A Champion of Federal Power

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Horwitz

This ideological dichotomy in our body politic has become the defining feature of the upcoming November elections, and it was put on full display this past Saturday at two mass rallies in our nation's capitol.

Beckfest of Champions

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

The best part of reclaiming is that you don't actually have to have had anything to do with the original claim. All you need is a rally permit and a vivid imagination.

Glenn Beck's Attempt to Bastardize Dr. King's Dream

Hasan Kwame Jeffries | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Political conservatives are not the heirs to Dr. King's legacy, and to suggest otherwise is not just fanciful, but farcical. Unfortunately, too many Americans don't know enough about history to separate fact from fiction.

Beck's Perverse Honor of King

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There are 52 Saturdays in 2010 and talk show exhibitionist Glenn Beck could have picked any one of them to hold his "Restoring Honor" rally on Washi...

The Farce of Glenn Beck's "Rally for America"

Alexander Zaitchik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexander Zaitchik

If a supreme being did in fact decide that Beck should hold his self-branded Tea Party rally in the shadow of Martin Luther King, then we should take this as proof that God has a very dark sense of humor.

Why We Are Protesting Against "Americans For Truth About Homosexuality"

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

When mainstream LGBT leaders advise our community to ignore groups like Americans For Truth About Homosexuality or go lightly on them, we are playing right into their hands.

The Right's 'Post-Racial' War on Civil Rights

Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Lubin

In the wake of the election of President Obama, the mainstream media posited the false notion that America was now in a 'post-racial' era in which the...

Dr. King and the "Guys With the Guns" at the NRA

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

We now know that the NRA will be joining Beck and Palin for Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th Anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Is it possible to imagine a greater offense to the legacy of Dr. King?

Arizona's Moment of Truth

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

This is a moment of historical import. What transpires in Arizona over the coming weeks will add a crucial chapter to the story of who we are as a people.

The Road to Nowhere: Tracing Farrakhan's Anti-Jewish Paranoia

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Louis Farrakhan had his chance to reach out to mainstream America at the Million Man March on Washington in 1995, but he has since completely squandered that.

I Dream: Lowery & Young Join King Family at World Premiere of New MLK opera

Cedric Perrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cedric Perrier

The illustrious audience received I Dream in the spirit in which it was presented: as a fresh twist on an old story.