Posts tagged "civil rights"

Watch Obama’s Speech On The Anniversary Of The Bloody Sunday Selma March

On Saturday, thousands gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March, in which the peaceful protesting of about 600 civil rights activists was interrupted by violent attacks from white police officers. President Obama delivered a powerful speech that Death and Taxes writer Steve King call…

By: Claire Hannum / March 9, 2015

Footage Shows Police Pepper Spraying Seattle Teacher At MLK Rally

Video footage surfaced yesterday depicting Seattle police pepper spraying Seattle high school teacher Jesse Hagopian on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, unprovoked, just after he’d finished making a powerful speech about racial equality. That day, a rally had been held in Seattle in honor of Dr. King. Hagopian marched and spoke to participants about the…

By: Claire Hannum / January 29, 2015

The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio)
The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent)
Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 20, 2014

What The Revolution Looks Like

There were four #HandsUpWalkout events protesting for racial justice happening in Chicago on Monday. Three marches; one in the Loop, and two in Hyde Park on the south side, near the University of Chicago campus. And then a fourth, a town hall meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, hosted by the Social…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 3, 2014

Faith In Humanity In A Revolutionary Age

Faith in humanity is the only faith I have. As in, I don’t have faith in a god or anything particularly spiritual. I’m not going to waffle over that and say that there’s a possibility that a god, in fact, does exist, or that I could be wrong. I am certain that I’m not wrong.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 1, 2014

Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 91

Ruby Dee, an actress in the 1961 film “A Raisin In The Sun” and a prominent civil rights activist, died yesterday at age 91. She was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and she appeared at the famous March On Washington in 1963.   She appeared in two of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2014

“Matriarch Of The Gay Rights Movement” Edith Windsor Looks Back On This Momentous Year

This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The women got engaged in 1967 and Edie wore a circular brooch with diamonds,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2013

For Us Weekly, Honoring MLK’s Dream Involves Black Men Holding Umbrellas For Rich White Ladies

UsWeekly.com covered yesterday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Let Freedom Ring festivities in Washington, DC, and found a photograph that deftly captured what MLK’s “dream” was all about. Yes, I’m pretty sure that when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, there was a paragraph (maybe two!) about the collective unconsciou…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 29, 2013

Woman Gets Booted From Federal Building For Fashion Statement

California just legalized gay marriage, but they might need to explicitly legalize gay slogan t-shirts too. Lapriss Gilbert, 31, was booted from the Social Security office in Van Nuys by a security guard who claimed he wasn’t allowed to let her in the government building because of her “Lesbian.com” t-shirt. Gilbert, who was simply there…

By: Simcha / August 28, 2008

Loving & Marriage

Mildred Loving, the aptly named civil rights leader and last victim to be criminally tried for interracial marriage, passed away last Friday, at the age of 68. In 1958, she happily married a white man she had been in love with since grade school. Subsequently, she and her husband, Robert, were arrested and forced into…

By: Simcha / May 6, 2008