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Lyndon Johnson

Thank You, Mr. President

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

We need to thank him for keeping his promise and taking another step toward securing full civil and human rights for the LGBT community. We have come a long way during his presidency.

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

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 07.03.2014 | 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.

Asian Americans and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Mapping Out the Next 50 Years

Mee Moua | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Mee Moua

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we will hear a common refrain: We still have a long way to go toward realizing Dr. King's Dream.

The Promise of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Morris Dees | Posted 07.02.2014 | 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.

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

Martha Burk | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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 Civil Rights Act of 1964: Unfinished Business

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 06.25.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

Let us use the same spirit that powered the Civil Rights Act to re-energize our commitment to continue to push for positive change and equal access to opportunity for all our community. We can and must not only honor, but learn from our historic accomplishments.

Eugene McCarthy Now a Non-Person in St. Paul

Al Eisele | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

The Saint Paul Grill has declared Gene McCarthy a non-person and you can no longer swill your favorite drink while he gazes over you. I wish I could hear what he would say about it. Too bad for a city that prides itself as one that pays homage to its history.

Gender Neutral and Father's Day

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

With the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian couples and the enactment of more and more laws permitting same-sex marriages, are we beginning to see the breakdown of the role of both mothers and fathers in the lives of the family?

Obama's Lost Opportunity, and Ours

Sheila D. Collins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Sheila D. Collins

Barack Obama forfeited one great opportunity--not only for his own legacy, but for our futures. In the interview with Tom Friedman he seemed resigned to waiting for a series of catastrophic disasters to wake up the American people and their politicians.

Civil Rights, 1964 and What We've Lost

Preeti Vissa | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

American society has progressed in many ways since 1964, and much of that progress stems directly from the Civil Rights Act. But we've lost something profound as well, particularly in the way our government functions.

Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Right now Thomas Piketty's book, and all the others that have exposed, analyzed and offered prescriptions for our economic inequality, are powerful ideas in search of a movement. Income equality is not like the weather. Rather than just complaining about it, we can actually do something to make it better.

Bill Moyers and Our Call to Bear Witness in a Time of Crisis

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when we find ourselves in near-despair over a democratic process increasingly influenced by concentrated economic power, let us heed the visionaries in our midst who offer bold alternatives.

Obama Doctrine: 'Just Because We Have the Best Hammer Does Not Mean That Every Problem Is a Nail'

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Barack Obama should continue to ignore Maureen Dowd and Dick Cheney, and follow the careful, measured principles he laid at West Point.

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

Edward Headington | Posted 07.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

We often associate this national holiday with the start of summer and a three-day weekend filled with beaches and barbeques. But let us not forget the true meaning of this day or the price of freedom.

The Great Society, 50 Years Later

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

LBJ, who himself had struggled to afford school to become a teacher, had a finely tuned sense of human potential, of justice, and of what was possible with hard work and a good education. In a speech at the University of Michigan, he asked America to see the powerful connection between educational opportunity and the nation's economic and moral health.

The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement

Carol Glazer | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Carol Glazer

Hiring people with disabilities is not about charity, nor about setting a lower standard of performance, nor even about taking any greater risk than with any other hire. Corporate America will harness the creativity, talent and problem solving abilities of people who spend their lives navigating a world that wasn't built for them.

Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter Word

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

What does it mean to be poor in America? Just as importantly, who decides how poverty is defined? Let's start with the dictionary. According to the p...

FDR, LBJ and BHO

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The Democratic Party must embrace, fight for and enact economically-progressive policies. It must be the party of Main Street, not Wall Street, of the 99 percent, not the one percent. In particular, it must fight for a strong safety net to protect those of us who fall on hard times.

The Fight Over Gay Marriage Isn't Just About Marriage

Cary Franklin | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Cary Franklin

The focus in the recent wave of same-sex marriage decisions has not been on the marriage part of marriage equality, but on the equality part.

If It Weren't for a Handful of Sports Figures, America Would Not Have Integrated as It Did

Michael J. Cramer | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Michael J. Cramer

Why were a boxer and a baseball player of such consequence? The answer lies in the tortured history of the treatment of African Americans dating back to the late 1800s.

The White House Hates When Obama Is Compared To This Former President

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Perhaps no historical analogy irks the White House more than the comparisons between Presidents Barack Obama and Lyndon B. Johnson...

Congress Should End Immigrant Detention Quotas

Barbara Hines | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Barbara Hines

The burgeoning business of immigrant detention is an overlooked and critical civil rights issue that demands our attention.

The Untold Story of Civil-Rights Progress in the U.S.: An Interview With Author Clay Risen

Steve Kettmann | Posted 06.09.2014 | Books
Steve Kettmann

In many ways, the bizarre state of affairs in which our nation's capital now finds itself mired is not so new. Author Clay Risen explores a key juncture in our history when archaic procedures threatened to change the course of history.

LBJ's Legacy Lives On

Robert Hutchings | Posted 06.08.2014 | College
Robert Hutchings

President Lyndon B. Johnson's leadership -- and that of Dr. Martin Luther King and the countless other courageous leaders of that generation -- rescued us all from the shameful legacy of slavery.

Obama To Headline Civil Rights Summit In Texas

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lyndon Johnson's presidency has long been viewed in the shadow of the Vietnam War, a conflict that saw American soldiers die in...