Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired

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Peter Dreier: Rosa Parks’ defiance of Montgomery’s segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow.

The NAACP and the Politics of Race and Regulation

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Dan Farmber: One of the odd aspects of the NAACP’s position is its complaint that the benefits of the regulation will flow disproportionately to poor and minority populations — phrased in terms of depriving this portion of the population of the right to consumer unhealthy foods:

Indifference Can Destroy a Nation

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Charles D. Hayes: Devoid of compassion, mainstream indifference is a hostile, authoritative, and testosterone-laden environment where the weak are ridiculed and the poor are held in contempt.

Did MLK have an LGBTQ Dream, Too?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: you have to wonder whether King would support LGBTQ rights today, even if he felt he couldn’t in the 60s. You’d like to think he would given his courageous stands otherwise.

Code Red Homophobia: Homelessness, HIV and Black Religiosity

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Every year, thousands of Black LGBT people are displaced from their homes, families, churches, and communities due to their sexuality, gender, gender identity, and gender expression. This has resulted in a mass influx of homeless youth on the streets of Los Angeles and other cities throughout the nation.

The N-Word Debate Resurrected

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Sheria Reid: I do take issue with the prevalent mythology that black people use the word nigger all the time. I’m black and 57 years old. I don’t know all black people but I know a lot of black people. NONE of the black people that I know typically use nigger as a greeting or in general conversation.

Defending the Public Sector

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The attacks are part of a well orchestrated, decades-long campaign initiated by the corporate sector, which is intent on ensuring that government policy be crafted in their own narrow self interests, which they disingenuously equate with the public good.

DOMA Meets DADT

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Carl Matthes: Who knew that one of the consequences of the lifting of DADT and the Obama Administration’s parallel decision to no longer defend DOMA, would be the growing participation of same-sex couples in the life of the military?

Why Picket Lines Matter

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Caitlin Vega: Given the economy we face today, it’s time for the next generation to start making signs and marching to demand those same opportunities.

An Exploitation Tax Is Past Due

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Charles D. Hayes: Many full-time employees of some of America’s largest employers need government assistance, including food stamps. Guess who picks up the tab?

What Happens in Bogotá Doesn’t Stay in Bogotá

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Diane Lefer: Local dealerships don’t determine corporate policy but they also don’t answer to GM shareholders or benefit from CEO compensation packages. It seemed they would instead be concerned with any bad publicity that could tarnish the Chevrolet brand.