California Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Prop 8 Legal Challenge on March 5

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The California Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on Thursday, March 5, 2009 in the Proposition 8 legal challenge. On November 19, 2008, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear the legal challenges to Proposition 8 and set an expedited schedule. Briefing in the case was completed on January 21, 2009. [...]

An Inaugural Poem

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America is the greatest country in the world… Or at least that’s what they tell me. The greatest country? Now, exactly what yardstick were you using just now? Such a bold statement with such paltry evidence! Sounds like the words of someone who hasn’t been anywhere, Yet those who have lived, traveled and studied Beyond [...]

Why Millions Risk Lives to Enter the U.S.

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Immigration policy remains a hot button issue in the United States. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel has described comprehensive immigration legislation as the “third rail” of American politics, and CNN provides Lou Dobbs with a daily forum for bashing undocumented immigrants. While opponents of creating a path to legalization for such immigrants recognize that [...]

Ladies First

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Black women are accustomed to being referred to and treated as females and workhorses, but not ladies. We are at once the clean-up woman whose tenacity, independence and bull-headedness may render us manless, or increasingly taking care of them in an inversion of traditional gender roles, a la the latest head-nodding about-face to the sistas [...]

Obama Pimp-Slaps Queer Community by Omitting Robinson’s Invocation

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As quietly as it would like to be kept by the Obama team and even by many in the LGBTQ community, Obama exploits the queer community for his political gains. And like pawns on his chessboard, Obama checkmates us each time when our hopes to be included in his big tent are dashed. Our most [...]

Walmart Against EFCA

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Walmart Against Employee Free Choice Act t’s estimated 86,000 workers got fired trying to exercise their legal right to organize a union during the Bush years and signs are Corporate America will fight to keep things that way. “We like driving the car,” Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott says, “and we’re not going to give the [...]

Obama’s Inauguration Brings Mixed Feelings for Many Black LGBTQ Americans

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The last time a nation came to Washington and was mesmerized and stirred to action by the oratorical brilliance of an African American man was at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. In that speech, King said: “I have [...]

“Please Cry For Me, I’m Al Gonzales.”

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Like tens of millions – and growing – of his increasingly desperate countrymen, he is out of work and cannot find a job; worse, nobody in his chosen profession will even interview him. His previously good friends don’t want to publish his story so he is reduced to keeping a journal for his sons. He [...]

The 10 Worst People Of The Year; Wait, Actually There’s Only One

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by Charley James – I detest the Top 10 lists sprouting up daily: Newspapers, magazines, television, cable, blogs, whatever. One acquaintance in New Mexico sent a mass e-mail to everyone in her Outlook directory asking each of us to submit our own Top 10 list of whatever we want to rank.

Honor the People of Conscience

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As the President-elect prepares to fulfill his word to close Guantánamo and ban torture, there’s more he can do. Sure, I’d love to see members of the outgoing administration prosecuted and hope it will happen. I doubt, however, that President-elect Obama will move in that direction. But if he truly wants to be a healer, [...]

White House, US Media, Picking Sides In Israeli Terror Bombings

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by Charley James – By now, no one should be surprised that the White House is taking its usual, uneven and heavy-handed approach in reacting to the gargantuan Israeli shock-and-awe bombing of densely populated areas of the Gaza Strip.

Brinks or Blackwater: My Frightening Encounter With A Combat-Mode Guard & His Gun

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For years since the United States invaded Iraq, I’ve witnessed countless photo and video images of innocent civilians – men, women, teens and children – being rudely and aggressively threatened by hired uniformed militants (mostly men), wielding guns

Pardon Me: Is Our Long National Nightmare Over, or About to Begin Again?

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by Gene Rothman – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), in response to the issue of potential legal actions against the Bush administration’s for violations of the U.S, Constitution, wrote: “Thank you for your letter concerning impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush and his authority to grant pardons. I appreciate the time you took to write [...]

Obama’s Faith-Based Initiative: The Devil Is in the Details

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by Gene Rothman – The recent nationwide protests by gays and their allies in response to the same-sex marriage issue places President-elect Obama’s faith-based initiative in a potentially more visible—and problematic—position.

Obama Transition (So Far) Not Friendly to Progressives

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by Natalie Davis – True progressive voters had a couple of actual progressive options in the November 4 election. They could have gone with Green hopeful Cynthia McKinney or Independent candidate Ralph Nader. We knew Barack Obama was no progressive messiah — his No on Prop 8 and anti-marriage-equality tap dance and flip-flops on FISA [...]

Letter to Diana: Obama Can Only Be as Progressive as the Progressives Show Themselves to Be

A very important person to me is named Diana and it is to her I address this letter. Diana, is no less than the goddess of “the heavenly light that illuminates the darkness” and “a protector of children.” Serious stuff and someone in no way would I want to contradict. And yet Diana, like many [...]

Did Obama Make the South Irrelevant?

The polls had hardly closed, it seemed, before the punditry of print and blogosphere were positively a-twitter at the possibility that Barack Obama’s near-landslide victory is both substance and symbol of the happy reality that “The South has moved from being the center of the political universe to being an outside player in presidential politics.”

Throw Joe Under the Bus

by Denis Campbell – Is it payback time? For two weeks, we’ve watched the Democratic Party leadership shamelessly threaten while pandering to Senator Joe (Judas) Lieberman in the slim hope he will do the honorable thing and accept his punishment and loss of Chairmanship for overtly supporting John McCain.

Why We Cried

by H. Scott Prosterman – It made me feel a lot better to see that picture of Jesse Jackson crying on Election Night; not just “welling up” like Donovon McNabb admitted to, but really crying. That’s what I was doing for about 5 minutes or more. It caught me completely by surprise. At The Chieftain [...]

Is Anything An “Experience” When Everything Is?

Maybe it’s because after countless pre-election late nights I slept in this weekend and missed the announcement, but when did everything become an “experience?”

President-Elect Obama: NO To Anti-Freedom War-Hawk Jane Harman HR 1955

by Linda Milazzo – According to the local Los Angeles newspaper, California Congresswoman, Jane Harman, a blue dog conservative Democrat, is up for a high-level intelligence position in the Obama administration. The positions being considered are CIA Director, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Homeland Security. If this speculation becomes fact, and Harman is [...]

Locked and Loaded

“Tool up.” “They’re buying racks and racks of ammunition. There were spots where there was none left.” “You better have a security plan in place.” These were not words uttered in a frontier dialect from the lips of NRA members.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Obama about Homecare, Jobs, and a Reason to Live

by Nancy Becker Kennedy – Anyone who knows me knows how I wept with tears of joy when I heard you give the keynote speak at the Democratic convention. I said “This man is the balm for our wounds.” And I appreciate how you always mention people at disabilities in all your speeches. I’ve been [...]

Welcome Back America!

by Joseph A. Palermo – It was a beautiful thing seeing a planetary celebration over the results of an American presidential election. Hundreds of millions of people were wondering whether or not the American people would succumb to another tainted election where the only winners were the corrupt purveyors of aggressive militarism abroad and religion-tinged [...]

The Era of Obama and Us

With the election of Obama as president, comes the dawning of a new era of our making. On Election Day, my 7-year-old daughter took care to cross out the names of the “already voted” on our list and left doorhangers at each empty house as we walked door-to-door turning out the vote. When I was [...]

The Strong Wind at His Back

Well, the pundits were wrong. White voters didn’t change their minds in the voting booth. Barack Obama’s victory proves that some analysts gave too much weight to race, not only in gauging today’s opinions but also in judging how the American people’s attitudes have been taking shape for decades.

Reefer, Sports, and the Constitution

I am shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to learn that prominent college and pro athletes have been indulging in marijuana. I thought that went out of style when Reagan put an end to the fun of the 60’s and 70’s. Seriously now, seriously now; it’s time to re-visit this issue. Recent stories tell of college [...]

Prop 8: Last Night’s Defeat

by Adam Murray – Aman and I awoke this morning with unfortunately heavy hearts. We found ourselves unable to fully enjoy or celebrate Barack Obama’s historic win, because of the heartbreaking passage of Proposition 8, which enshrined discrimination against gays and lesbians into our California constitution. We found ourselves thinking of our two beautiful children [...]

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