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Legal Rights

Know Your Rights When Confronted By The Police

The Root | Lynette Holloway | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices

In recent months we’ve witnessed the arrests and deaths of citizens after disturbing interactions with police. In one of those cases, a bystander ca...

Obama's Shout-Out to the Ladies: The Policies Behind His Words

Kim Keating | Posted 04.02.2014 | Women
Kim Keating

To know that the cause that I have been fighting for has made it all the way to the White House's ears makes me more proud than I can say.

Standing Up for LGBT Rights in Mississippi

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara | Posted 09.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

For far too long, the South has been dismissed as "unwinnable" when it comes to LGBT rights and, as a result, receives remarkably limited funding. LGBT people proudly call this region home, though, building their lives and families here.

Having Our Rights Is Not the Same As Understanding Them

Kathryne M. Young | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Kathryne M. Young

As the Supreme Court's criminal procedure jurisprudence becomes more and more like a giant game of Jenga, our public dialogue needs to shift. We can't just talk about which rights we possess; we need to talk about how effectively they can be used -- and how well they match what we think we know.

Know Your Child's Legal Rights

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 06.07.2012 | Parents
Spencer Aronfeld

Here's why you shouldn't sign documents affecting your children's rights to receive compensation for injuries caused by a business without first consulting your family lawyer.

Reevaluating Ownership

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.06.2012 | Small Business
Jennifer Hamady

Trademarks are becoming as common as commas, yet with a far greater impact than overused punctuation. While the legal lockdown of conversational language is progressing, the copyright law and rights are being thoroughly challenged.

Law and Civic Education

Michael Serota | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education
Michael Serota

We ought to be teaching our nation's students about law, rights, and the operation of our system of justice. A future generation of law-abiding, rights-respecting citizens depends upon it.

Lessons In Falling: Growing Up In Malawi Prison

Mia Kirshner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mia Kirshner

I Live Here has found its voice through what I have learned in Malawi. We found our voice through mistakes, which I am sure we will continue to make and hopefully learn from.

Tila Tequila Likes to F*ck...with Free Speech

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Disgrasian

It sounds a helluva lot like Tila Tequila believes in censorship. Of the very same medium that made her, which, frankly, we find shockingly ungrateful.

Rights for Nature: In PA's Coal Region, A Radical Approach to Conservation Takes Root

Kate Beale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kate Beale

Seeking legal rights for nature appears pragmatic: just witness how corporations have flourished enjoying the same legal status. At first glance it seems counterintuitive, but perhaps it shouldn't.

Celebrate Human Rights Day by Honoring the Human Rights of Domestic Workers

Priscilla Gonzalez and Rebecca Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Priscilla Gonzalez and Rebecca Smith

Many domestic workers have no legal right to overtime pay or a day off. Should they fall ill, suffer injury, or become unemployed, the vast majority do not qualify for benefits.

Troubling Questions Surround Troy Davis Execution Set for Monday

Barry Scheck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Scheck

The Innocence Project, which I co-founded with Peter Neufeld in 1992, advocates for legislation that improves the accuracy of the criminal justice system by addressing the root causes of the problem.

The FDA Wants to Stop You from Protecting Yourself Against Drug Companies

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

Suing a drug company is your only way as an individual to protect yourself against malfeasance. It should be a right under the law, but the FDA and the drug companies are on the verge of taking it away.

I Now Pronounce You A and B

Candy Spelling | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Candy Spelling

There was a lot of celebrating in California during the last week as gay and lesbian couples could finally get married legally. But for the newlyweds themselves, there was even more celebration for the most-basic rights to some of life's most mundane activities.