Civil Rights

Bolivian Diego Mariaca(R) and his brother Gustavo Mariaca(L) fill out paperwork under the 'Dream Act' (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: A Step Forward And A Step Back For The American Dream

Yesterday the Obama administration put in place provisions of the DREAM Act that brought many young people out of the shadows to participate in the American Dream. On the same day a judge in Pennsylvania let stand what may be the most egregious attempt at voter suppression in a generation.

08/16/2012

US women's soccer team celebrates gold (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Olympic Gold To Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of Title IX

As we celebrate these women’s victories we must remember that Title IX created the opportunities for women to succeed in sports. When progressives push for public policy changes, that is what we seek: not guaranteed outcomes but guaranteed access.

08/10/2012

Gov. Chris Christie/file (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie Addresses NJ Muslim Community In Midst Of NYPD Surveillance

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has reassured Muslim leaders he remains troubled by the way the New York Police Department conducted surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey, even though his administration has said it was legal, but again stopped short of criticizing the spying itself.

08/08/2012

Rev. Williams Owens (first on right) (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Opinion: Rev. William Owens Confronts Barack Obama On Same-Sex Marriage

Rev. William Owens takes great issue with Obama’s linkage of Dr. King’s civil rights movement of the past to the current gay rights movement regarding same-sex marriage. Owens says that King embraced traditional religion, and he strongly suggests that King would not want his civil rights’ mission altered to include same-sex marriage.

08/03/2012

A Philadelphia voter (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Opinion: Lacking Government ID Does Not Make You Unworthy Of Voting

There are many Americans who do not have a government issued ID. In our country there is no requirement to carry ID. If you do not have a government ID, that does not make you a criminal. That does not make you unworthy of voting.

07/31/2012

(Photo courtesy: Chick-fil-A/Facebook)

Opinion: Chick-fil-A Doesn’t Belong In Politics

What was Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy thinking when he thought that anyone cares about what he thinks about same-sex marriage? Whatever Cathy’s reasoning, he has a lot to learn about the separation of his business and the unnecessary preaching of his morality.

07/26/2012

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (credit: www.repturzai.com)

Opinion: Treason In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Republicans have betrayed their country and devised a scheme to potentially disqualify nearly one tenth of the states’ electorate.

07/26/2012

Pierre and Rose Ulysse attend a court hearing in brooklyn for their son's attackers - Jul 13, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

2 Middle School Bullies Charged, Released In Case Of Anti-Gay Assault That Left Victim Blind In One Eye

Two teenage boys were charged Friday with assault as a hate crime, following a June 5th bullying incident that left their victim blind in one eye.

07/13/2012

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: Romney’s Speech To NAACP A Cynical Play For White Votes

Romney had an opportunity to open a dialogue with the NAACP. Instead he talked about denying civil rights to a civil rights organization and spoke in condescending and paternalistic terms about being a better president for African Americans than Barack Obama. It was a clear and cynical play for white votes.

07/12/2012

A Philadelphia voter (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Opinion: Keystone Election Kops

Republican Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Turzai gives away true intent of Republicans’ new voter ID laws.

07/10/2012

Voting machines in Florida (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Opinion: Disenfranchisement Is The Real Crime

Felony disenfranchisement is nothing more than Republican continuation of Jim Crow voter suppression laws.

07/09/2012

Karl Rove (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Opinion: Who Is ALEC?

In right wing politics, ALEC serves as the nexus between corporations and aspiring Republicans always eager to find access to additional campaign cash.

07/05/2012

Early voting sign (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Opinion: Republicans Are Creating Poll Taxes 2.0

Republicans by creating onerous barriers to voting, including strict ID requirements and shortening of early vote periods have created what amounts to a new version of Jim Crow era poll taxes.

07/03/2012

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Opinion: Mess In Texas

In Texas Republicans have taken efforts to restrict access to voting a step farther. Texas Republicans are calling for the repeal of the Voting Rights Act.

07/02/2012

The Assembly Chamber In Albany (credit:  Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

New York Considering Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill

A year after lawmakers legalized gay marriage, the next civil rights debate taking shape in Albany is discrimination against transgender New Yorkers.

05/07/2012

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