Pray Like I Do

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Steve Hochstadt: Americans typically know little about the nature of the Israeli state that we support so generously. Would Americans so willingly support a state that discriminates against women? Or that makes rules about how one must pray?

50 Years After MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” What Can We Learn?

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Gary Corseri: King challenged; he alerted; he upheld conscience and truth; he urged reason and fairness. He actualized our highest principles. He pointed a way.

Rosa Parks at 100: “The Only Tired I Was, Was Tired of Giving In”

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Robert Illes: “I thought of Emmett Till, and I knew I could not move. I had had enough. The empowerment I felt covered me like a warm quilt on a winter’s day.”

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.

10 Most Read Articles — 12 to 19 May 2012

This week, Shamus Cooke’s article, “Why U.S. Politicians Are Quiet About Europe’s Meltdown,” led the way, suggesting that working people in the U.S. need to learn to speak Greek, and adopt an increasingly popular slogan that rejects austerity measures: Tax the Rich!

Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa: Justice vs. Charity

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Peter Dreier: Rosa Parks deserves to be in the same human rights pantheon as Bishop Romero and Eleanor Roosevelt. But not Mother Teresa.

The Message Is Clear; Half The People Got It

Anthony Samad: Election night in the 8th District served as an opportunity to send a message to a politician who has lost his respect for constituents and of his constituents.

The Ominous Expansion of Class-Action Suits

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Wendy McElroy: In the largest class-action lawsuit in American history, Walmart v. Dukes, Walmart stands accused of systematically discriminating against 1.5 million women in wages and promotions.

Civil Rights and Wrongs Onstage at Two L.A. Theatres

Carry It On! Bill Durhamm and Rowena Johnson (Photo Miriam Geer)

Ed Rampell: Art emerges out of our collective psyche to reflect our times, and it’s fascinating to see how L.A. theatre is responding to the current attack on our civil, human and constitutional rights and liberties.

Iraqi Journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi Captures the Moment

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Jailed Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi has thrust himself into history and become an international overnight celebrity. Thousands protest for his release. A Saudi businessman offers $10 million for one of his shoes. Libya nominates him for a medal. Why? Because al-Zaidi threw his shoes at President Bush, capturing a moment for which millions have yearned. [...]

Etheridge: No Taxation Without Equality

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [...]

Yes We Did!

I simply want to share one simple photo with you that I had someone take for me today while I was working as a “Houdini/Line Manager” here in Cleveland’s Ward 5…a very TOUGH area that got 18% turnout in 2004. We had just over 55% this year!

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