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Gagging Workers Is Un-American

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

At the same time the world watches the people of Egypt take to the streets, plans are being put into place to silence workers in the USA. And it is happening at a breakneck pace.

When Rights Become Wrong

Elizabeth E. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth E. Evans

Those of us Christians who espouse a right-based framework that doesn't consider the goals and health of others are playing with ideas that certainly would have surprised the early church.

Waiting for Rights Never Works

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

The LGBT community has been blamed, cajoled, insulted, courted, and ignored depending on whether our votes and dollars are needed, yet when it comes time for real leadership on issues that matter to basic, day-to-day rights, we are told to wait.

On Election Day, Activists Begin Fast for Civil Rights

James M. Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James M. Russell

If their demands are not met by November 2 -- Election Day across the U.S. -- Bounville plans to begin a civil rights fast, a 24 hour, water-only fast with DiBona, his best friend, as his caregiver.

Voices to be Heard, In Harmony

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

The documentary film, Music by Prudence, tells the story of a young Zimbabwean woman born with a congenital disease that twisted her body and led to t...

Do Homeless People Have Rights?

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Schanes

If every city with an insufficient number of shelter beds were to pass an ordinance against sleeping in all public places, there would be no place for a homeless person to sleep.

Warner Brothers Sues Marc Toberoff, Families Of Superman Creators

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

What if copyright disputes were kryptonite? As part of a legal offensive against one of its "key legal foes," Warner Brothers' DC Comics has filed ...

Concentric Circles of Service

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

There's a missing link in our quest for a good and equitable society. In addition to volunteering, we must educate ourselves and impact our government to achieve lasting change on prominent issues.

Grandma Knows Best

Lanae Erickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanae Erickson

Our poll found that people in the middle view marriage as an ideal, not a legal construct. To reach folks in the middle, marriage advocates must make clear that gay and lesbian couples are seeking to join in the true spirit of marriage, the way the middle sees it.

Giving And The Pursuit Of Happiness

Andrew Shapter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Shapter

Is happiness something that we can really pursue? If so, how would we define what happiness is, and when would we know if or when we've got it?

Stupak-Pitts Vs. Bubble Boy

Leslie Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Goldman

More than one in every three women will have had an abortion by the age 45. If the Stupak amendment becomes law, it one day may not even be our choice to pay for an abortion with our own insurance.

Beyond Fluoride: Pharmaceuticals, Drinking Water and the Public Health

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

If we are willing to ingest fluoride to prevent tooth decay, surely we can tolerate a trace of lithium to prevent suicides.

Goodbye/Hello 13: Women Reclaiming Rights to Their Goddess Power

Patt Cottingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patt Cottingham

Thankfully it is now becoming clear that those countries that ensure basic women's rights of education, health care, childcare, safe childbirth practices, and a political vote, are more stable economically and far less likely to succumb to extremism.

Remember Gay People?

Jamie Kilstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Kilstein

We claim to be the freest, and the best, yet all of our citizens do not have equal rights. Tell the couple who have been together for 15 years that can't adopt a child that we live in the best country in the world.

Piracy vs. Availability: A Parable

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hugh McGuire

If as providers of content, give me what I want, when I want it, at a reasonable price, I'll be happy to pay for it. If not, I'll be compelled -- when I really want something -- to find other ways to get it.

Justice Dept. Abandons Torture-Based Evidence In Gitmo Case

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Justice Department informed a federal district court Wednesday that it was no longer seeking to rely on coerced and tortured evidence in the habea...

What Do Starbucks and Wal-Mart Have in Common?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

There are over 127,000 baristas in our country alone, many of whom are in dire need of better wages, health benefits, and hours. Shouldn't they have the right to be treated fairly?

Spilling the Beans About Starbucks' Union-Busting Tactics

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

Turns out the coffee giant has a nasty history of being anti-barista, anti-union, and thus anti-Employee Free Choice Act as well.

UN Gay Rights Declaration To Be Signed By US

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday formally endorsed a U.N. statement calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuali...

In the Wake of Prop 8: No More Us vs. Them

Sara Whitman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sara Whitman

Let me have the full responsibility of being an American. Because every child in this country deserves a family. I am an asset to this society.

Supreme Court Accidentally Protects Voters While Stripping Americans Of Their Rights

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

Last week's Supreme Court decision in Brunner v. Ohio Republican Party is a disastrous ruling masquerading as a populist victory. Sure, the Court stop...

Protecting The Vote

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Voter registration deadlines are just over a week away in many states. Polls open in just over a month. In an election that could well be decided by n...

What Is Wal-Mart So Afraid Of? Four Words: Employee Free Choice Act

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The Employee Free Choice Act is a vital piece of legislation that, if passed, will go a long way toward restoring the middle class in our country.

Right-Wing Supreme Court Draws Ire Of Senate Judiciary Committee

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

The Supreme Court has shifted dangerously to the right and is now the most pro-business Court since the monopoly greasing "Lochner-era" Court of the late 19th century.

The Republicans and Barack Obama Are Going to Give Into the Terrorists

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Somehow Obama thought it was a good idea to go along with these surrender monkeys on the 4th amendment. But aside from the politics, it's a pathetic acquiescence to the wishes of Al Qaeda.