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The Return of Direct Action

The Return of Direct Action

by Dani McClain on August 21 2013, 7:00AM

From the Dream Defenders to the Dream 9, the spirit of the March on Washington lives on in youth-led direct action and strategic protest.

Topics: March on Washington, Politics

What's On Your 'Black Power is For Men' Booklist?

What’s On Your ‘Black Power is For Men’ Booklist?

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 10:59AM

Cultural critic Mark Anthony Neal took a discussion about race and feminism offline by putting together a list of seminal books on the topic. What would you add?

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Building a New Racial Justice Movement

Building a New Racial Justice Movement

by Rinku Sen on August 20 2013, 8:22AM

Creating a multiracial movement for justice requires more than slapping the word “new” in front of “civil rights movement.”

Topics: March on Washington, Politics, Movement

Mayor Bloomberg's Parody Black Son is on Twitter

Mayor Bloomberg’s Parody Black Son is on Twitter

by Aura Bogado on August 19 2013, 4:40PM

It’s not an Afro—he just inherited his dad’s ego.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Will Emphasize Class and Race at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Obama Will Emphasize Class and Race at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

by Brentin Mock on August 19 2013, 11:20AM

Over the weekend, The Washington Post presented a preview of President Obama’s speech at the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which they report will strongly emphasize economic inequality problems, even more so than…

Topics: /NOW, Politics

More Cheesesteak, Less Hate

More Cheesesteak, Less Hate

by Aura Bogado on August 16 2013, 1:10PM

A Philly cheesesteak at Joe’s comes with a side of justice.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Advocates Praise FCC's Decision to Lower Prison Phone Rates

Advocates Praise FCC’s Decision to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 12:49PM

After ten years, the FCC finally acted.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Artur Davis Wants Voting Rights Restored for Former Felony Offenders

Artur Davis Wants Voting Rights Restored for Former Felony Offenders

by Brentin Mock on August 16 2013, 11:20AM

Is the former congressman who once supported voter ID laws changing his tune?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Cory Booker Wins Senate Primary Easily, Despite Criticism

Cory Booker Wins Senate Primary Easily, Despite Criticism

by Brentin Mock on August 14 2013, 11:48AM

Moderation seems the unavoidable tax for African-American Democratic candidates looking to win statewide offices in states like New Jersey.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Activists Rally Around Rosanell Eaton as NC Voter ID Becomes Law

Activists Rally Around Rosanell Eaton as NC Voter ID Becomes Law

by Brentin Mock on August 13 2013, 10:16AM

Yesterday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed what’s been called the most restrictive voter ID bill in the nation into law.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voter Suppression

Baby Veronica's Father Turns Himself in After Refusing to Hand Her Over

Baby Veronica’s Father Turns Himself in After Refusing to Hand Her Over

by Von Diaz on August 13 2013, 10:15AM

Dusten Brown had a warrant out for his arrest after he failed to show up for a court-ordered hearing to deliver Baby Veronica to the couple that wants to adopt her.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Race-Based Claims Thrown Out in Paula Deen Suit

Race-Based Claims Thrown Out in Paula Deen Suit

by Jamilah King on August 13 2013, 10:08AM

A federal judge said that it was not the job of the court to mediate human resources problems.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Three Things to Celebrate on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Three Things to Celebrate on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

by Aura Bogado on August 9 2013, 1:51PM

Today is a great day to think about indigenous peoples, language, treaties, and mapping.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Reasons to Hope on the Voting Rights Act's 48th Anniversary

Reasons to Hope on the Voting Rights Act’s 48th Anniversary

by Brentin Mock on August 6 2013, 12:25PM

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, after months of civil rights organizing, sit-ins, bloodshed and deaths compelled the federal government to intervene in the struggle against…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Florida Congressman: Obamacare Tax on Tanning is 'Racist'

Florida Congressman: Obamacare Tax on Tanning is ‘Racist’

by Brentin Mock on August 5 2013, 4:17PM

Republicans will stop at nothing to tarnish and overturn Obamacare.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Cory Booker Raises Money with Oprah, Misses NAACP Debate

Cory Booker Raises Money with Oprah, Misses NAACP Debate

by Brentin Mock on August 5 2013, 12:09PM

Booker lands Oprah endorsement, but some of New Jersey civil rights leaders are supporting his opponents.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Reassures on Voting Rights Protections

Obama Reassures on Voting Rights Protections

by Brentin Mock on July 30 2013, 11:22AM

President Obama brings Holder and former civil rights division director Thomas Perez to a meeting with civil rights advocates on the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Jay Z's Fight With Harry Belafonte

Jay Z’s Fight With Harry Belafonte

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 2:48PM

Hova’s confusion on the difference between capitalism and activism.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

DOJ To Sue Texas Under Voting Rights Act 'Bail-In' Provision

DOJ To Sue Texas Under Voting Rights Act ‘Bail-In’ Provision

by Brentin Mock on July 25 2013, 9:52AM

As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act’s Section Five, Texas could still face “preclearance” — federal review of election changes to ensure disenfranchisement won’t result — under the Section Three “bail-in” provision. Both…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Obama, Trayvon and the Problem That Won't Be Named

Obama, Trayvon and the Problem That Won’t Be Named

by Aura Bogado on July 22 2013, 8:27AM

The president’s remarks Friday are notable both for what he said and what he omitted.

Topics: Politics, Trayvon Martin