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Government Overreach









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16-Year-Old Transgender Student Removed From Ted Cruz Rally

James Van Kuilenburg’s experience at the Texas senator’s rally reflects a nationwide crisis of transphobia.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE



How Americans Hate: 8-fold Increase in Islamophobic Crime Since 2000

Ever since Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act in 1990, the FBI has been issuing annual reports on crimes of bias or hate crimes. We can see in these statistics some of the reasons why the GOP candidates are running on anti-Muslim hatred. 

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE


Southern Bathrooms









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VIDEO: Tim Wise Explains How Racism Has Been Used to Divide and Conquer Working People in America

The anti-racism activist and writer breaks down the history of the United States and white racism in under five minutes at a teachers conference in San Francisco.

Posted on Mar 15, 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



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



Make America Great, as It Was ... When?

Donald Trump and his followers clearly don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic.

Posted on Dec 16, 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



All Votes Matter: When Will Discrimination End at the Ballot Box?

It would have been lovely if Ari Berman’s new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” could simply have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Instead, it is even more useful as a guide to what still needs to be done.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE



Colorado Court Says Baker Can’t Refuse to Make Cakes for Gay Couples (Updated)

Now that gays and lesbians have Supreme Court backing to get married, it’s getting harder for wedding-industry workers like Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, to refuse to do business with same-sex couples.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



SCOTUS Might Be About to Mess With the Fair Housing Act

While we’re all waiting for the Supreme Court to make some historic calls about key issues like gay marriage, here’s another big one to keep in focus: racial discrimination in housing.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE


Shocking News









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Truthdigger of the Week: USC Athletic Director Pat Haden

It is difficult to imagine American culture having become more accepting of homosexuality without the aggressive support of public figures like Pat Haden.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE


Indiana (Un)welcome









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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.

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Just Married









Posted on Feb 14, 2015 ENLARGE



Social Networks Diminish Personal Well-Being, Researchers Say

Two researchers set out to determine “whether the use of online networks reduces subjective well-being and if so, how,” the MIT Technology Review reports.

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ACLU, Gay Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA

It is currently legal in the majority of states to fire an employee for being gay. A bill meant to change that lost key allies Tuesday, including the ACLU, Lambda Legal and GLAD.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE


Escaping Discrimination









Posted on Jun 27, 2014 ENLARGE



Voting in Mississippi, 2014 and 1964 (Video)

Mississippi used its new voter-identification law for the first time Tuesday—requiring voters to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID at the polls.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 READ MORE



The Economy’s Improving but Americans’ Pockets Haven’t Recovered

For a number of reasons, many workers have been left “at the edge of a financial cliff” despite recent boosts in the economy; a new study analyzes whether drivers treat minorities differently at crosswalks; meanwhile, the evolution of our brains may have come at the cost of our muscles. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Dustin Lance Black Speaks: Pasadena City College Officials Created ‘Toxic and Dishonest’ Atmosphere

The president and board of trustees at Pasadena City College thrust their school into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently with a political and public relations debacle involving PCC alumnus and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Tarek Mehanna and the Isolation of American Muslims

In an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in “terror-like activity,” the news agency Inter Press Service tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a lengthy jail sentence.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE


Voter Fraud









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The Fight Against Religious Bigotry Continues

Don’t be misled by pundits proclaiming victory in the battle against religious bigotry after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of her state’s gay discrimination bill. The battle rages on, both in a host of similar measures proposed in states across the country and in a set of potentially landmark cases pending before the Supreme Court.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Texans Will Have to Wait for Gay Marriage

Federal Judge Orlando L. Garcia threw out Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, writing, “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.” But gay Texans will have to remain patient for now.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE


Religious Discrimination









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Revealed: Abuse of Secrets Privilege in Obama’s DOJ

For almost a decade the U.S. government refused to let Stanford Ph.D. student Rahinah Ibrahim back in the country after putting her on a no-fly list and not telling her why. Invoking the state secrets privilege, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed the information she wanted “could reasonably be expected to cause significant harm to national security.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s New Bill Aims to Stop Employers Discriminating Against the Poor

Citing “basic fairness” as motivation for introducing a bill that would prevent employers from using credit reports as criteria when hiring a new employee, Warren, along with six other senators, is once again fighting battles for the disadvantaged. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is busy assuaging Wall Street’s fears about populism.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

The Supreme Court Could Get Even Worse This Term

If the oral arguments conducted the first two weeks of the court’s current term are any indication, the Supreme Court will drift further to the right.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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France Investigates Abercrombie’s Sexy Salesmen

You shouldn’t have to be good looking to sell clothes, says France’s official human rights organization, which is investigating clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Gutting the Voting Rights Act

No matter how you parse it, the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday in Shelby County v. Holder is a constitutional train wreck of historic proportions. But unlike most such disasters, this is one we saw coming.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


Boy Scouts









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Do As We Say, Congress Says, Before Doing What It Wants

Did you know Congress is exempt from portions of a number of federal laws, including provisions that protect workers in the private sector but don’t apply to the legislative branch’s approximately 30,000 employees? Here’s a look at some of the measures Congress exempts itself from.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Report: Boy Scouts May Change Policy on Gay Members

The youth organization, which just seven months ago affirmed its rule banning Scouts and troop leaders because of their sexual orientation, has come under much criticism recently.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Pastor’s Speech Against Gay Rights Has Surprise Ending

A Missouri pastor delivers an impassioned speech before the Springfield City Council in which he appears to be making the case against amending the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to add protection for sexual orientation and gender identity. But then, something unexpected happens.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



A Damning Look Inside NYPD’s ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Policy (Audio)

Stop-and-frisk is already considered a controversial tactic employed by the New York Police Department, but a recently released recording sheds light on just how discriminatory the practice can actually be. In the secretly taped audio, a 17-year-old named Alvin is heard being roughed up, threatened and demeaned by three officers as they stop and frisk him, all “for being a fucking mutt.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Arrest Record, Akin’s Discrimination Endorsement, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Ryan offers a reason why he would not give details of Mitt Romney’s tax plan in a TV interview over the weekend, the GOP tries to explain why its presidential candidate is probably winning and the 2012 election gets the video game treatment.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Whites Only’ High School Reunion Party Stirs Outrage

A Louisiana high school class’ plan for its 40th reunion is being met with outrage after a letter leaked on the Internet revealed that a party was for only white graduates.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama, Romney Call for End to Boy Scouts’ LGBT Discrimination

It’s rare that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama agree on anything, but both presidential candidates have called for the Boy Scouts of America to end its discriminatory practice of banning LGBT Scouts and leaders.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

DOJ: Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Discriminated Against Latinos

Accounts of race-based biases and prejudiced policies have made Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio notorious in his home state of Arizona, but as of Thursday, Arpaio’s antics have earned him the wrong kind of attention from the Justice Department.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



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FBI Engaged in Large-Scale Group Profiling

Researchers at the ACLU recently uncovered an FBI program that uses census data to draw maps that link racial and ethnic communities to certain types of crimes. The investigations, known under the names of “assessments” and “domain management,” appear to have been going on for several years. (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women make less than men (still), and a jury convicts the Irvine 11.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE


Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women still earn less than men, and a jury convicts the Irvine 11. Pictured above, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Photo by Mr. Fish

Who’s Your Mummy?

Whether the Mummy or Frankenstein’s Monster, there was no getting around the fact that these poor souls, many of them merely starved for love and companionship, were innocent victims of either intolerance or blatant discrimination from the dominant culture.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE    


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