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Obama Favors Expanding Schools and Reducing Prisons in New Budget

Obama Favors Expanding Schools and Reducing Prisons in New Budget

by Brentin Mock on March 4 2014, 2:32PM

The budget includes targeted funds for programs to reduce racial disparities in courts and prisons.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Economy, Politics, Politics, Schools & Youth

Chokwe Lumumba, An Intro For Those Who Didn't Know

Chokwe Lumumba, An Intro For Those Who Didn’t Know

by Carla Murphy on February 28 2014, 12:07PM

How the recently deceased Jackson mayor convinced one Southerner that he was the real deal

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Watch Harry Belafonte and Dream Defenders Talk Civil Rights Play

Watch Harry Belafonte and Dream Defenders Talk Civil Rights

by Jamilah King on February 26 2014, 2:34PM

On the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder, it’s fitting to have a discussion on what makes up the modern fight for civil rights and justice.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba, 1947-2014 Play

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba, 1947-2014

by Jamilah King on February 26 2014, 11:23AM

The seasoned human rights activist, attorney and mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, passed away last night. He was 66 years old.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Spike Lee Gets Real About Brooklyn's Gentrification

Spike Lee Gets Real About Brooklyn’s Gentrification

by Jamilah King on February 26 2014, 11:04AM

Put simply: Gentrification destroys the character of black neighborhoods, and he’s seen it first hand. Listen.

Topics: Culture, Politics

George Takei Denounces Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill on MSNBC

George Takei Denounces Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill on MSNBC

by Jamilah King on February 25 2014, 12:11PM

The state may be heading into another showdown over a controversial law.

Topics: Culture, Politics

Medals of Honor Awarded to Vets Robbed Due to Racism

Medals of Honor Awarded to Vets Robbed Due to Racism

by Brentin Mock on February 21 2014, 4:33PM

Among the recipients are 17 Latino vets.

Topics: History, National Security, /NOW, Politics

Civil Rights Leaders React to Meeting With Obama Today

Civil Rights Leaders React to Meeting With Obama Today

by Brentin Mock on February 18 2014, 6:25PM

Civil rights leaders pick Obama’s brain on wages and criminal justice reform

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

Ten Quotes to Celebrate Audre Lorde's Birthday

Ten Quotes to Celebrate Audre Lorde’s Birthday

by Aura Bogado on February 18 2014, 11:35AM

Lorde’s work is useful for understanding the history of black women placing critical pressure on mainstream white feminism.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Report Details Squalid Conditions of Richmond, Calif. Public Housing

Report Details Squalid Conditions of Richmond, Calif. Public Housing

by Jamilah King on February 17 2014, 3:50PM

The city is home to one of the worst apartment buildings in one of the worst public housing agencies in the country.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

What's Good--and Bad--About the New Voting Rights Act

What’s Good—and Bad—About the New Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on February 13 2014, 7:00AM

The new amendment to the Voting Rights Act explained

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics, Voting Rights Act

AG Holder Calls for Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons

AG Holder Calls for Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons

by Brentin Mock on February 11 2014, 11:00AM

Holder calls for the restoration of voting rights to all who’ve formerly been convicted of felonies.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Politics

'Moral March' in North Carolina Draws Thousands

‘Moral March’ in North Carolina Draws Thousands

by Brentin Mock on February 10 2014, 10:30AM

The Moral March in N. Carolina this weekend touched hearts and nerves, with tens of thousands showing up for justice.

Topics: Voting Rights, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Immigration, Politics, Politics, Schools & Youth

Melissa Harris Perry Talks With Harry Belafonte About Activism

Melissa Harris Perry Talks With Harry Belafonte About Activism

by Jamilah King on January 31 2014, 12:02PM

You can tune in and watch the whole thing live at 6:30pm EST.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Why I'd Rather Hear Eric Holder Deliver the State of the Union Tonight

Why I’d Rather Hear Eric Holder Deliver the State of the Union Tonight

by Brentin Mock on January 28 2014, 1:46PM

What issue has Obama been addressing inadequately that Holder has confronted more forcefully?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, State of the Union, Voting Rights Act

Michigan GOP Official: 'Herd All the Indians'

Michigan GOP Official: ‘Herd All the Indians’

by Aura Bogado on January 22 2014, 11:50AM

Turn Detroit into a reservation, “then throw in the blankets and corn,” says L. Brooks Patterson.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Florida State House Candidate Wants Obama Lynched

Florida State House Candidate Wants Obama Lynched

by Brentin Mock on January 22 2014, 8:58AM

His campaign strategy is to win voters by calling for Obama’s death.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics

Florida's Upcoming Race-Tested Special Election

Florida’s Upcoming Race-Tested Special Election

by Brentin Mock on January 22 2014, 7:00AM

The March 11 Florida race for an empty congressional seat will be a sign of the political and racial temperatures in the state.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

My Debt to Dr. King

My Debt to Dr. King

by Scot Nakagawa on January 20 2014, 7:00AM

An Asian-American writer reflects the lasting legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Topics: History, MLK Day, Politics

Pennsylvania Voter ID Ruled 'Unnecessarily' Burdensome, Unconstitutional

Pennsylvania Voter ID Ruled ‘Unnecessarily’ Burdensome, Unconstitutional

by Brentin Mock on January 17 2014, 2:16PM

Judge blocks voter ID law, but not on grounds that it is racially discriminatory, oddly.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, Voter Suppression