Rob Portman’s New Tune on Gay Rights

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Julie Driscoll: He’s a hypocrite and a coward, and if he had any integrity at all, he’d tell his son, “Sorry, kid, just like everybody else, you don’t deserve the same rights as the man-on-top/woman-on-bottom crowd get.

Mexico Sets the Tone on Hate Speech

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Activists have for decades argued the relationship between hate speech and violence. Cleaning up language is just one more needed act furthering LGBTQ justice. And Mexico is leading the way.

What Happened to Chicano Studies?

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Rodolfo F. Acuña: A war on the memories of Mexican Americans and other minorities is occurring raging throughout the country, and I am interested in knowing why the right wing is so obsessed with erasing our historical memory?

Redskins: Is Racism Really This Blind?

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Bruce Reilly: All the Super Bowls and all the Quentin Tarrantino films will never turn a slur into an acceptable label, no matter how common the usage. People aren’t out on the Rez saying, “Yo, what up Redskin?” Nobody of Native American heritage ever introduced themselves as a Redskin.

AFL-CIO’s Own Oil Disaster

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Organized labor will have to abandon its current, doomed trajectory where it responds to its continually declining membership by redoubling its efforts to mimic the backroom cynical deals of corporations. It will have to trade in manipulation for inspiration and money for morality, including reducing the inflated salaries of many of the top officials.

Rosa Parks Honored with U.S. Capitol Statue

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Nia-Malika Henderson: On Wednesday, President Obama and congressional leaders unveiled a nine-foot bronze statue of Rosa Louise Parks, making her the first black woman honored with a full-length statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

The Grapes of Ross

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Peter Dreier: Fred Ross Sr. was a political Johnny Appleseed, planting his ideas, and hoping they’d bear fruit in the future. Ross once said, “A good organizer is a social arsonist — one who goes around setting people on fire.”

What’s So Great About Unions, Anyway?

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Liz Shuler: Sometimes, outside of election campaign seasons, even progressives wonder what’s so great about unions. Sure, we had a role to play before job safety laws, the eight-hour day, Social Security and civil rights laws were passed. But today?