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Tag: Social Justice

How Do Today’s Struggles for Justice Differ From Those of the 1930s?

Americans lack organized labor movements and a ruling class that feels even slightly obligated to protect workers and the poor, cultural critic Henry Giroux (pictured) tells Paul Jay of The Real News Network.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Former Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis Speaks Out on Poverty in His City (Video)

Outside the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with the retired officer about social justice and his political activism.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

A Revolutionary Art Form That Leads to Social Change (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Every one of the 85,000 political posters at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics tells a story you won’t find in standard history books.

Posted on May 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Over 10 Years Later, George Carlin’s Comments on the American System Are as Haunting as Ever (Video)

In this stand-up routine from 2005, the late comedian and social critic explains the way our country works and why most politicians make little impact.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Martin Luther King Jr. Hoped to Be Conscience of All Political Parties Instead of President (Video)

Martin Luther King Jr. believed civil resistance movements could force officials to effect change. Forty-eight years after his death, King’s nonviolent, transformative legacy lives.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Student Activists on the Decline of the Liberal Church

“If you look at how [Union Theological Seminary] treats its professors of color, its students of color, its neighbors of color, it doesn’t add up.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

“In effect, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order,” the pontiff said at the start of his first visit to Africa.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Idealism Isn’t Just for Dreamers

In today’s political world, idealism is seen as the enemy of realism and getting things done. But, British journalist Gary Younge argues, idealism is absolutely necessary for society to continue progressing into the world we want to see. It’s what makes things that seem impossible today the reality of the future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Labor, Civil Rights and Social Justice Movements Unite to ‘Fight for $15’ on Tax Day

In more than 200 cities, some 60,000 low-wage workers involved in the “Fight for $15” campaign—among them child care providers, Wal-Mart clerks and adjunct professors—staged an action Wednesday that highlighted the vast amount of public money spent to support underpaid workers.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Organizers Fail to Ban Chris Hedges From Speaking at Vancouver Conference

In response to his Truthdig column of March 8 on capitalism, the sex industry and the political left, organizers of an upcoming conference on exploitation and activism in Canada tried to remove the writer as keynote speaker.

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE

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 WATCH & LISTEN

Illustration by Mr. Fish

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

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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

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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 WATCH & LISTEN

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