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Robin Shulman: These States Wanted to Keep Communities of Color From Voting, but the Courts Said No, That’s Discriminatory

Aug. 11, 2016 – We assume every American adult has a basic right: to vote. But state legislators in recent years have created barriers that limit that right. They have restricted the forms of ID voters must provide, eliminated same-day registration, and narrowed time periods for voting —  mainly affecting people of color. Now the […]

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David Rocah: Baltimore’s Black residents are racially-profiled, harassed, stopped, searched, arrested, and assaulted by police, in violation of the U.S. Constitution

Aug. 11, 2016 – The following is a statement from David Rocah, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Maryland: The Department of Justice’s findings on the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) document in devastating detail what Baltimoreans have decried for years: Baltimore’s Black residents are racially-profiled, harassed, stopped, searched, arrested, and assaulted by police, in […]

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Max Greenberg: 8 anti-conservation “riders” poisoning federal budget process

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge (Alaska), subject of a provision would authorize the construction of an unnecessary road through designated wilderness.Credit: Kristine Sowl (USFWS). August 9, 2016 – Destructive add-ons or “riders” threaten everything from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to greater sage-grouse in a bill to keep the government funded over the next year. The […]

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Letta Tayler: France’s Emergency Powers: The New Normal

Aug. 2, 2016 – Letta Tayler is Senior Researcher, Terrorism/Counterterrorism, Human Rights Watch France’s latest renewal of its emergency law has made few headlines abroad—except perhaps in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, fresh from passing his own sweeping state of emergency, may have relished watching the champion of liberté, égalité, and fraternité once again suspend rights in the name […]

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Jim Hightower: The Disney-fication of Our National Parks

Aug. 3, 2016 – It’s summer vacation time and gasoline is quasi-cheap. So why not pile the family into the mini-van and pay a visit to the historic Budweiser Statue of Liberty, or motor out west in your Camry to Toyota’s Yellowstone National Park? That’s right, our thoroughly corporatized Congress mandated a new policy last […]

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Matt Hildreth: If You Care About Immigrants in America Watch These Speeches from the Democratic National Convention

July 29, 2016 – During the last two weeks, two starkly different visions of America were on display at the Republican and Democratic conventions. While Donald Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot continued to attack and demean Latinos and immigrants, immigration policy reforms were featured as a top priority for Democrats. These are our […]