Independence Day, For Some

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In 1852, former slave and legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass was invited to give a speech at a 4th of July event to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Resisting Gender Violence Without Cops or Prisons

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Victoria Law builds upon her earlier prison abolitionist critique by discussing practical alternatives for effectively confronting gender violence without using the prison system.

Turkey: Game On

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Nikki Junker: One group of people I am also hoping to meet up with are NGOs working in the human trafficking field.

Michele Bachmann’s Lack of Historical Awareness

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Sharon Kyle: What happens when a serious presidential candidate endorses a document that glosses over the holocaust conditions African-Americans endured for 100s of years

Our Supreme Corporate Court: 3 Strikes and We’re Out!

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Gary Corseri: While the Court has been telling the wealthy “Full speed ahead,” some 45 million Americans have been getting by on food stamps, and several million more are too worried about their jobs &/or foreclosures to help bankroll local or national candidates

Sara Kruzan: Puttin’ It In Perspective

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Nikki Junker: Sara Kruzen — This woman has been in prison since she was 16 for killing a man who pimped, molested and raped her. She has been dealt the most insane injustice you can even imagine.

What Is To Be Done About the State of Our Union?

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Lydia Howell: Nine months after taking office, Obama began slamming the Democratic Party’s liberal/progressive base for daring to notice, much less criticize, his corporate-friendly policies and center-right positions. In the wake of his Simpson-Bowles Deficit Commission, Obama will likely make a sober call for national sacrifice.

Feminism in the Wake of ‘Ladies’ Night’ Is…Complicated

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Tina Dupuy: o glaze over this contradiction, female anti-abortion GOP candidates have flippantly called themselves feminists. Which is like proclaiming yourself vegetarian while eating a ham sandwich. They’re not feminists. They’re just female.

Sex Slavery: We Mustn’t Ignore This Story

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If you thought abolitionism was a relic of the past, the sad truth is slavery is just as prevalent in modern times as it was 150 years ago.

Brooks to Thurmond to Wilson: Is There Something in the Water in South Carolina?

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Rep. Joe Wilson’s rude outburst during President Obama’s health address follows, faintly, in a long tradition of South Carolinian legislative indecorum. Historian Steven Conn reviews the record.

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