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From the Civil War to Today: Centuries of Institutional Racism, Explained in Less Than 20 Minutes

In a new video, actor Romany Malco describes the covert black history of the U.S. and the economic factors behind the prison-industrial complex.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Hillary Clinton Should Push Hard for Disability Civil Rights

Hillary Clinton and women with disabilities have something major in common: They are not seen for who they are and what they contribute.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



Police Incitement Against Black Lives Matter Is Endangering Protesters’ Lives

From the floor of the Republican National Convention to the online pages of the Blue Lives Matter Facebook community, it is now commonplace for public officials, police and first responders to openly declare war on Black Lives Matter—the civil rights movement of our times.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 15, 2016 ENLARGE



Hedy Epstein, Human Rights Activist and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 91

Epstein devoted her life to advocating for human rights after escaping the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter on the Evolution of Radicalism

Stewart and Poynter, a couple with a long history of fighting for human rights, explain how things have changed since the political activism of the 1960s and ’70s.

Posted on May 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The U.S. Remains Unequal 50 Years After Malcolm X’s ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ Speech (Audio)

In the 1964 talk, the human rights activist stressed the importance of voting to achieve equality for African-Americans, but he warned that violence would be necessary if politicians failed to bring about justice.

Posted on May 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Loretta Lynch Accuses NC of ‘State-Sanctioned Discrimination’ as DOJ Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

The state’s Republican governor has also filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice in defense of the anti-LGBTQ bathroom law.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE


Bill Clinton, Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash Over Hillary’s Then-Support of 1994 Crime Bill

The former president verbally takes on protesters at a Philadelphia campaign event for his wife, Hillary Clinton, who as first lady had expressed support for the crime bill he signed during his first term.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Amid a Public Firestorm Over Transgender Rights, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory Defends Restroom Law

After the state Legislature overturned a Charlotte ordinance, the LGBT community and its supporters have been speaking out—and their voices are growing louder.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



Police Use of ‘Stingray’ Phone Surveillance Hurts Minority Communities Most

With authorities using “cell site simulators” to gather ever more cellphone information, privacy and civil rights groups fear that an effort “to chill broad social movements” is underway. A federal investigation, the groups say, is necessary.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 READ MORE



Rosario Dawson Calls Out Dolores Huerta on Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Record

The actress challenges the civil rights icon’s criticism with a detailed breakdown of Sanders’ voting history in an open letter.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE



City of Los Angeles Continues to Invade Homeless Camps, Despite Federal Lawsuit

Los Angeles has faced years of chronic homelessness, and over the past year police have regularly raided encampments. Now a civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city for exactly those actions—yet the razing of sites goes on.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



In Praise of Impractical Movements

Social movements turn issues and demands considered both unrealistic and politically inconvenient into matters that can no longer be ignored. They succeed, that is, by championing the impractical.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Black Lives Matter Is a Re-Humanizing Project’

A cross-generational conversation with a Black Lives Matter founder and a trauma doctor, who is trying to redefine public health in terms of human wholeness, deals with the culture and society the movement is trying to create.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country

Under the federal agency’s new guidelines instructing high schools to report students who criticize government policies and “Western corruption,” Muslim students are likely to be disproportionately targeted, but virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE



In Privacy Fight, Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Seen as a Model of Civic Leadership From the Private Sector

Friends and close relations say that Cook—who this week published a letter explaining his decision to resist a federal order to make his customers’ private information vulnerable to theft and surveillance—is exercising his belief that “businesses and their leaders should think of themselves as important members of civic society,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



In Search of the Movement

Honoring Black History Month, Truthdig takes a look at a book that asks: Now that today’s public schools are more racially segregated than in the ’60s, now that black men and women are being gunned down by police at alarming rates, and now that black men are six times more likely than white men to be behind bars, “What happened to the civil rights movement?”

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander Explains Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

“It seems that we—black people—are her winning card,” writes Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow,” at The Nation. “And it seems we’re eager to get played. Again.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Pentagon Releases Almost 200 Photos of Bush-Era Military Abuse

After a decade-long legal battle, the Department of Defense releases 198 photos of detainee abuse at two dozen U.S. military sites across Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



Today’s Causes Veer Toward Powerful Tweets, Away From Powerful Leaders

The protests of older generations—the 1960s civil rights movement, for example—were led by movement icons such as Martin Luther King Jr., but now the reach and power of social media give virtually everyone the chance to become a movement leader or influencer. 

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



‘Threat-Score Software’: Will It Get You Shot by a Cop?

This law enforcement technology can use facts such as ZIP codes and frequency of address changes to assign a danger level to people an officer might engage. A high threat score could increase the officer’s anxiety ... and you know where that could lead.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Experts Catalog a Seemingly Endless List of Racial Discrimination in the U.S.

Past injustices and crimes against African-Americans in the United States need to be addressed with reparatory justice.

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Books of the Year

A look back at some of our favorites from the reading stack.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Human Rights Champion Carmelyn P. Malalis

The leader of the New York City Commission on Human Rights is driven by both a zeal for the public good and personal passion. She is on a mission to give a voice to the voiceless.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Civil Rights Petition Urges ‘SNL’ to Scrap Donald Trump’s Guest Host Appearance

The online civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org is petitioning NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest host appearance on “Saturday Night Live” planned for this weekend. In only three days, the group has collected 30,000 signatures.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Northern Ireland Assembly’s Vote to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Is Vetoed

Because the Democratic Unionists, the largest party in Northern Ireland’s devolved Parliament, exercised a voting mechanism to veto the vote, same-sex marriage backers are now expected to turn to the courts.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Shouldn’t a Mentally Disabled Man Be Allowed to Practice Martial Arts?

Garrett Holeve struggled against the state of Florida to win his right to fight in a mixed martial arts competition despite having Down syndrome.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Grace Lee Boggs: A Century of Grass-Roots Organizing

She was not only a grass-roots organizer, but a philosopher, a teacher and a revolutionary. She devoted her life to empowering the poor, the working class and communities of color, and was deeply involved with a constellation of movements.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE



Fitbits for Bosses: The Future of Workplace Surveillance

If the thought of hidden cameras in the office and employee activity-monitoring software weren’t dystopian enough, digital Big Brother is now expanding into the world of workplace biosurveillance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Mike Huckabee Compares Kim Davis’ Stance on Gay Marriage to Abraham Lincoln’s on Slavery

Maybe the term “civil rights” doesn’t mean what Mike Huckabee thinks it means.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Remembering Emmett Till on the 60th Anniversary of His Murder

The 14-year-old boy who was murdered by two white men in rural Mississippi 60 years ago has become more than a symbol of the horrors of racism in America, more than a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Huddles With Black Lives Matter Activists

Here’s one measure of how the Black Lives Matter movement has made its mark on national politics in a few short months: Some presidential candidates are recognizing the need to get with the proverbial program (or at least seem as if they are).

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Black Lives Matter Activists Disrupted Bernie Sanders’ Speech

Marissa Johnson, co-founder of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter, told MSNBC that she hijacked a speech by Sanders in Seattle on Saturday because “we really need to put pressure on people who claim that they care about black lives,” especially when they’re running for president.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Can Bernie Sanders Win Minority Hearts, and Votes?

The presidential candidate is little known among minorities. He will have to convince those communities that his focus on economic inequality is tightly tied to their interests, too.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: South Carolina Removes Its Confederate Flag

On Friday, South Carolina took its Confederate flag down from the grounds of its State House, where it had flown for more than 50 years.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Study: Democracy Declining in More Than Half of U.N. Member States

A new report released by a long-established civil rights advocacy group says democracy is waning and authoritarianism is on the rise in more than 96 of the 193 states that belong to the United Nations.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 4 of 10)

In the fourth installment of The Real News Network’s show “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discusses the civil rights era, what it was like to cover the Vietnam War and his work on the historic Ramparts magazine.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Argentina’s President Was First Head of State to Meet With Edward Snowden

Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner met with the whistleblower in “secret talks” in 2013.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws

The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Exploited and Sexually Abused Qatari Migrant Workers Were Forced to Run Marathon

Laborers were bused in—some wearing jeans and flip-flops—and told they had to run the race, which was a failed effort to break the Guinness World Record for the largest marathon.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



Arkansas Defies Widespread Outrage by Passing Its Own ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

Arkansas, following Indiana’s lead, has adopted a hugely controversial, “anti-gay” Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Faces Hard Time Under a Law Meant for Racist Killers

As Americans forget more and more of our nation’s troubling past, a misguided California prosecutor’s case against a young protester is turning the meaning of “lynching” inside out.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE


Disgraced Oklahoma Student Apologizes for Racist Song

At a press conference, former University of Oklahoma student Levi Pettit asked civil rights leaders and the public for forgiveness for leading a racist chant at a fraternity outing.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Multiple Investigations Into Hanging Death of Mississippi Man

The FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are investigating the death of an African-American man who was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. Investigators don’t know whether the death was a suicide or a homicide, but local civil-rights leaders are calling for authorities to determine whether it was a racially motivated hate crime.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 14, 2015 ENLARGE



In Selma, Memories of Bloody Sunday Spur Action Today

Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., demanding the right to vote.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Utah Passes Anti-Discrimination Bill With Support From Mormon Leaders

Utah Republicans passed a bill that would bar employers and landlords or property owners from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and protect religious institutions that object to homosexuality.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE


We Shall Overcome









Posted on Mar 11, 2015 ENLARGE


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