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Maya Angelou, Still She Rises

In remembering Maya Angelou, it is important to recall her commitment to the struggle for equality, not just for herself, or for women, or for African-Americans.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: We Have to Atone for Turning Our Backs on People of Color

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “How should people of color respond to the dying of a civilization that has not been civil to them?”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Business of Mass Incarceration

The poor, stripped of legal protection, have become fodder for a system of mass incarceration that serves corporate greed rather than justice. Debbie Bourne, a mother of two, is to the prison-industrial complex not a person but a commodity.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

How American University Got Involved in Israel’s Public Interest

A 30-year-old program has snowballed and given vigor to the civil rights movement in the Holy Land.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE


Not-So-Happy Swedes Riot in Stockholm

Hundreds of youths are rioting in the capital of a country proud of its reputation for peacefulness and social justice, apparently in response to unemployment and ill-treatment of immigrant asylum seekers.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



Shutterstock photo of old people.

Relax, Relax at the Dying of the Light

AARP magazine, which boasts the largest circulation of any periodical in the world, used to focus on injustice, something it now calls “negativity.”

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Stephen Chernin

The Persecution of Lynne Stewart

Lynne Stewart, who as an attorney spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, is suffering from stage 4 cancer in a Texas prison. Her crime was to steadfastly fight for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



The Unsilenced Voice of a ‘Long-Distance Revolutionary’

Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner and one of its few authentic revolutionaries, continues his fight for social justice after three decades in prison.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Throngs Rally in Israel to Demand Social Justice

Israelis turned out in the hundreds of thousands Saturday night to protest high costs of living and demand social justice in the largest such demonstration the country has ever seen. (more)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE


Boehner’s Catholic Lessons

When the headline is “Catholic Progressives Challenge Conservative Politician on Social Justice,” this is something new and complicated. It’s far easier to write the 10th story of the week about Newt Gingrich.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark A. Stahl

Heroes for the Beaten, Foreclosed on, Imprisoned Masses

Staughton Lynd and his wife, Alice, also a lawyer, are soldiering on in the economic and social ruins of Youngstown, Ohio, where the only growth industry is locking people away.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



David Kipen on ‘Freedom’s Orator’

Robert Cohen succeeds in drawing Mario Savio back into the historical spotlight, though his biography of the 1960s student firebrand is stingy with details.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE



Reminder: Live Chat With Robert Scheer at 3 PT

Join Robert Scheer at 3 PM Pacific for a live discussion on Rand Paul and social justice. Can’t make it? Submit a question now and Bob will try to answer during the chat.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Beck’s Jeebus Boo-Boo

Glenn Beck has managed to piss off religious folk by ordering his listeners to “run as fast as you can” from churches that talk about “social justice and economic justice.” That doesn’t sit too well with Catholics, people who like to quote that justice-loving hippie Jesus and even Beck’s own Mormon church. (Audio after the jump).

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Health Care Reset

By joining specifics, a powerful moral argument and an unapologetic defense of government’s role in promoting social justice, the president sought to rescue the health care debate from the mire of a congressional system that has encouraged delay and obstruction.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Mayor Sanders

San Diego Mayor Backs Gay Marriage

Inspired by care for his daughter and an eleventh-hour decision, as he put it, to “lead with my heart,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (a Republican, as a Truthdig reader pointed out) said Wednesday that he would “take a stand on equality and social justice” and come out, as it were, in favor of gay marriage.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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