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Tag: Civil Rights

Singing Lena Horne’s Praises

More than just a brilliant singer and actress, Horne was a pioneering civil rights activist, breaking racial barriers for generations of African-Americans who have followed her.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Mike Groll

Why We Won’t Wait

We won’t wait for the charity of corporate donors, or for the timelines of politicians. If such people care to donate funds or even to take the risk of civil disobedience, they are welcome to join us. On our own terms. But the time when gay people were grateful for small favors is over.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Pride
Flickr.com

Gays Get Hospital Visitation Rights

Addressing an important rights issue, President Barack Obama has written a memo ordering hospitals in the U.S. to grant to gay and lesbian partners the same visitation privileges already enjoyed by married heterosexual couples.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE


Sharpton and Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Being Al Sharpton

After calling Stephen Colbert the startling nickname of “Steyoncé,” the Rev. Al Sharpton hunkers down for a more serious discussion about his latest priority: education. “Education is a civil right,” Sharpton says, describing his project with Newt Gingrich (!) in this clip from Tuesday’s “Colbert Report.”

 

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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AP / Gerald Herbert

So Much for a ‘Post-Racial’ America

Thanks to Newt Gingrich’s loose lips, the cat is out of the bag: The Republican Party, answering the call of a large part of its following, will continue its subtle and not-so-subtle uses of the “race card.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


RFK
Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

RFK and the Civil Rights Movement

In this interview with Truthdig’s Associate Editor Kasia Anderson, “RFK: The Journey to Justice” playwrights Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin talk about Robert F. Kennedy’s evolution from political animal to true believer in his transformative relationship with the civil rights revolution.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


RFK
Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

RFK and the Civil Rights Movement

In this podcast, Truthdig’s Associate Editor Kasia Anderson talks with Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin, the playwrights of “RFK: The Journey to Justice,” about Bobby Kennedy’s evolution from political animal to true believer in his transformative relationship with the civil rights revolution.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE



Associated Press

Civil Rights Activist Found Dead

Juanita Goggins, a trailblazing civil rights activist and the first black woman elected to South Carolina’s state Legislature, was found dead in her Columbia, S.C., home last week after dying there sometime last month. 

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


McMillen
cnn.com

ACLU Sues School for Nixing Prom in Dispute With Lesbian Student

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday against Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss., after the school district decided to cancel this year’s prom rather than let a lesbian student, Constance McMillen, don her choice of formal wear and take her girlfriend to the dance.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


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YouTube via The Daily Beast

Muslim Women Protest Through Prayer at D.C. Mosque

On Feb. 20, four Muslim women took a conspicuous step to protest gender segregation in Muslim mosques by refusing to relegate themselves to a cordoned-off prayer zone for women—which one of them ruefully called the “penalty box”—and instead worshiped with the men at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Their presence did not go unnoticed.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Susan E Adams

The Tea Party Movement Is a National Embarrassment

At its core, the tea party movement is rife with contradiction, incoherence and a willful contempt for facts or reason. It is but a parody of the legitimate movements for which American democracy has historically been held in such high regard.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Double Standard on Terror Trials

Preparing for what they hope will be their return to power in Washington, Republican congressional leaders have revived the fear-mongering and flag-flapping used by Karl Rove to win the 2002 midterm elections.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Howard Zinn: The People’s Historian

Howard Zinn, legendary historian, author and activist, died last week at the age of 87. His most famous book is “A People’s History of the United States.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


Cindy McCain
noh8campaign.com

Cindy McCain Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage

As her daughter Meghan did before her, Cindy McCain, registered Republican and wife of Sen. John McCain, has lent her well-known visage to the NOH8 campaign that began after the passage of California’s Proposition 8 in November 2008. The campaign’s organizers expressed their surprise that Cindy was willing to do so and gave her props for her bid to “show people that party doesn’t matter.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / xrmap

Gay Marriage Vote Coming Soon in N.J. Senate

The New Jersey Senate has reportedly scheduled Thursday for their vote on whether to legalize gay marriage. Timing will be key in determining the outcome of the issue in the Garden State. Gay marriage advocates have a sympathetic governor in office for only another two weeks.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jeffrey M. Boan

Walking for Legalization

Taking an ambulatory cue from the Freedom Riders of the civil rights era, four immigrant students—three of whom are undocumented—are walking from downtown Miami to Washington, D.C., in a four-month protest against the Obama administration’s inaction on legislation that could give legal status to immigrants.

Posted on Jan 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / hyperbolic pants explosion

Gay Marriage Moves One Step Closer to Reality in D.C.

The City Council in Washington, D.C., soundly passed a bill Tuesday that will make gay marriage legal in the nation’s capital if it clears a few more hurdles. However, one of those hurdles happens to be Congress, and opponents of the measure are gearing up for a battle.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / CarbonNYC

N.Y. Senate Votes Against Same-Sex Marriage Bill

New York wasn’t able to go as far as even Iowa, as the New York State Senate shot down a bill Wednesday that would have made same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State. Not one Republican in the Albany chamber supported the bill, which was beaten by a vote of 38 to 24.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / laverrue

Washington’s Black Community Grapples with Gay Marriage Issue

Tuesday’s vote in favor of same-sex marriage at the District council in Washington, D.C., brought up some tensions among members of the local African-American community. Some have less trouble viewing the issue as a civil rights struggle than others, and generational differences appear to have something to do with it.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Freedom’s Fight: Part II

Truthdig is pleased to present the second excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE



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Lou Dobbs for President?

Now that he’s been cut loose from his contract at CNN, former anchor Lou Dobbs is free to do his thing unencumbered by any constraints imposed by media bosses or by archaic notions of journalistic objectivity. What, you might wonder, would “his thing” be? Well, it seems as if this self-declared champion of the middle class isn’t ruling out a run for office ... yes, even that office.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / gdcgraphics

Top Writer-Director Breaks With Scientology Over Proposition 8

The Church of Scientology counts several high-profile figures from the world of entertainment among its members—Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, to name a few—and they sometimes act as public advocates for their religion. However, one of their own, screenwriter and director Paul Haggis, has very publicly left the fold after taking issue with the church’s stance on Proposition 8.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


Van Jones
earthfirst.com

Obama’s Green Jobs Adviser Gives In to the Smears

It looks as if the insanely organized smear campaign against Van Jones has finally worked. Jones, President Obama’s special adviser for green jobs, resigned Saturday after being viciously attacked for his past civil rights activism and for signing a petition that questioned U.S. involvement in 9/11.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


Hubby Hubby
benjerry.com/hubbyhubby/

Ben & Jerry’s Rolls Out Gay Marriage-Themed Ice Cream

Left-leaning ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s is temporarily changing the name of its popular “Chubby Hubby” ice cream to “Hubby Hubby” to serve up support for same-sex couples, who as of Sept. 1 can marry in the company’s home state of Vermont.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


Wisconsin domestic partners

Wis. Same-Sex Couples Make Domestic Partnership Official

Given that the Wisconsin Constitution explicitly bars same-sex couples from marrying, the state’s newly instituted domestic partnership registry may seem cold comfort, but it does offer some rights, like hospital visitation and property-related benefits. Some couples are ready to sign up although bigger battles remain to be won.

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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Fighting for the White Man

As a “recent black man,” Stephen Colbert reacts to President Obama’s speech to the NAACP and talks reverse discrimination with Geoffrey Canada, executive director of the Harlem Children’s Zone. He also holds forth on the plight of white men, the least victimized folks ever. Check out these two clips from last night’s “Colbert Report.”

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


The Nightmare









Posted on Jul 20, 2009 ENLARGE    


Bishop Gene Robinson
gayspirituality.typepad.com

Episcopal Church Making Progress on LGBT Rights

Although it doesn’t look like the Church of England is getting with the program at the moment, its American counterpart, the Episcopal Church, is preparing to officially perform same-sex marriages and to approve gay and lesbian bishops. One openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, was ordained in 2003.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009 READ MORE


Welcome to Maine
Flickr/Phil Romans

Gay Marriage Hits a Snag in Maine

Having enlisted the same PR firm, Schubert Flint Public Affairs, that handled the publicity behind the pro-Proposition 8 push in California last fall, opponents of gay marriage claim to have amassed enough signatures to prevent a new law recognizing same-sex nuptials from taking effect on Sept. 12. A referendum on the issue would be held in November. Back to the voting booth, Mainers.

Posted on Jul 9, 2009 READ MORE


India gay ruling
AP photo / Sucheta Das

Court Overturns India’s Gay Sex Ban

Homosexual relations between consenting adults are no longer considered criminal in India, thanks to a court ruling that overturned a long-standing federal law. The BBC rounded up some reactions from Indian citizens after news of the judgment broke around the country.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


Baracks Obama
White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Comes Closer to Meddling

The president reiterated Tuesday that he has no intention of “interfering with Iran’s affairs,” but he also dialed up his criticism of the regime’s crackdown from “it is of concern to me” to “I strongly condemn these unjust actions.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE


MLK
yorkblog.com

MLK to Get the Spielberg Treatment

It’s the first time that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s estate has officially approved a movie project about the late civil rights leader, and the MLK biopic will be helmed by none other than mega-director Steven Spielberg, who has acquired the “life rights” to Dr. King’s story, according to Variety.

Posted on May 19, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Pride
flickr.com

The Fierce Urgency of Whenever

Andrew Sullivan has some sharp words for how the Obama administration is dealing with LGBT issues: “I lived through eight years of the Clintons and then eight years of Bush. Through it all, gay people were treated at the federal level like embarrassments or impediments. With Clinton, we were the means to raise money. With Bush, we were the means to leverage votes by exploiting bigotry. Obama seemed in the campaign to promise something else.”

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Brennan Linsley

Again With the Military Tribunals

Funny how declarations made in the heat of campaign season can be later forgotten by our nation’s elected officials. President Obama continued to do the reversal cha-cha late into the week with his decision to take up the very military tribunals he had sharply criticized before taking office.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


Seeger
AP photo / Evan Agostini

Pete Seeger Carries Us On

It was some garden party. Eighteen-thousand people packed into Madison Square Garden Sunday night to celebrate the first 90 years of Pete Seeger’s life.

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


gay marriage advocates
AP photo / Toby Talbot

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in Vermont

Vermont has followed Iowa’s lead, becoming the fourth state to make same-sex marriage legal. On Tuesday, the Vermont Legislature overturned Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto with one more vote than was needed to make it official.

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE


Gay Iowa Flag
gayjourney.com

Iowa Is 3rd State to Recognize Gay Marriage

Proving once again how awesome Iowa is and how the battle for civil rights continues, Iowa’s Supreme Court has ruled that its ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the third state to legalize gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 3, 2009 READ MORE


Douche

You Got Obama. What Now?

Outraged by the Rev. Joseph Lowery’s benediction at Barack Obama’s inauguration, Glenn Beck is calling a post-racial foul. “Even at the inauguration of a black president, it seems white America is being called racist,” Beck whined after Lowrey suggested that “white will embrace what’s right.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


A Long Train Ride

Barack Obama rode to Washington, D.C., for his presidential inauguration on a whistle-stop tour, which was compared to the train ride taken by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. The train holds a deeper symbolism, though, that undergirds Obama’s historic ascension to the White House.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo

Still Dreaming After All These Years

Truthdig normally celebrates Martin Luther King Day by remembering the more complex, more subversive King—the man who railed against America as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and “a society gone mad on war.” But a day before America inaugurates its first black president, we have other things on our mind.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE


Conn Gay Marriage
The New York Times / Shana Sureck

Connecticut Same-Sex Couples Begin to Wed

In the face of California’s unsettling passage of Proposition 8 barring gay marriage, gay couples in Connecticut are beginning to exercise their equal rights after a final court hearing cleared the way for same-sex unions, ending a long legal battle in the Constitution State.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE



Archive / White House Press Office / Cecil Stoughton

From LBJ to BHO

The 36th president of the United States seems strangely absent in the current celebrations. Perhaps Lyndon B. Johnson is not fondly remembered, but his triumphs paved the long road to Barack Obama’s historic presidency.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson: ‘We Are a Better America Today’

Jesse Jackson took a moment on Wednesday to elaborate upon his wordless reaction (that spoke volumes) Tuesday night in Chicago as Barack Obama claimed victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama
AP photo / Morry Gash

Morning Again in America

It’s time to gush! Later for the analysis of all the hard choices faced by our next president, Barack Obama, but for now, let’s just thrill, unabashedly, to the sound of those words.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


Ohio seal
groundspeak.com

A Week in the ‘Real America’

What struck me during my week in Appalachian Ohio was how different this was from the America of the McCain-Palin campaign, a divided place where the Republicans pit one part of the country against another with vicious robocalls at the dinner hour.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Palin

Logic Lessons With Sarah Palin: Gay Marriage Edition

Just to go out on a limb here, doesn’t supporting a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage on the federal level represent a very real form of “judgment” about the people and relationships that are granted the official stamp of legitimacy and those that aren’t?

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Catholic Worker protester
desmoinescatholicworker.org

Fueling the Fire of Real Change

The coals of radical social change smolder among the poor, the homeless and the destitute. As the numbers of disenfranchised dramatically increase, our hope, our only hope, is to connect intimately with the daily injustices visited upon them. Out of this contact we can resurrect, from the ground up, a social ethic, a new movement.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


A Moment in History

“I cried on Monday when Michelle spoke,” Rep. John Lewis told me Wednesday at the Pepsi Center, “and I know that on Thursday night at the stadium I’ll cry again.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


Backstage at the Democratic National Convention









Posted on Aug 28, 2008 ENLARGE


Helms, Jesse
cbsnews.com

Jesse Helms Dead at 86

White separatist, U.S. senator, GOP darling and otherwise racist stalwart Jesse Helms died Friday after a bout with both metaphorical and actual heart problems. For his supporters and detractors, Helms’ persona as a race-baiting Southern politician defined many debates around civil rights in the 1960s.

Posted on Jul 4, 2008 READ MORE


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