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Racism and Sexism in the Progressive Movement

Sanders’ reputation as a progressive should in no way give him a pass on racial justice issues. He voted for ...

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Restoring the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The seemingly obvious idea that a democracy functions at its best when the largest number of its citizens are afforded ...

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Sanctuary Cities have Roots with Faith Communities

Decision makers don’t use racial slurs like the 1954 "Operation Wetback" anymore; instead they say "illegal criminal aliens." The social ...

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How Could a Traffic Stop Turn Into All of This?

We don’t yet know how Sandra Bland died in her jail cell, but the video of her arrest is cause ...

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Our Democracy is Increasingly Unhealthy

Autocrats are not only making a comeback, they are doing so with more populist support. From the racist front-runner candidacy ...

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Spectacular Act of Nonviolent Civil Resistance

I don’t know any of the 13 activists who lowered themselves from the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, but I ...

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To Fight Racism, Protect the Right to Vote

What will it take to bring real racial justice to our country? For starters, protecting the right to vote!

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Making Jails and Prisons Work for the Better

As the long-overdue movement for broad criminal justice reform continues, we cannot forget the importance of what happens, or does ...

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Worst Seem Deranged and Best Appear Fearful

At long last Republican presidential hopefuls crept out of their foxholes, where they’d been cowering and maintaining radio silence, to ...

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Protecting the Lives of our Young People

Justice cannot breathe when black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with ...

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We are People of Distinction - Not Extinction

Personal honor was a fundamental value in my upbringing. However, honor was not about arrogance or conceit; it was about ...

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Non-violent Drug Offenders Belong at Home

3,278 Americans are serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent crimes that can be remarkably petty — including stealing a ...

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Obama Gets Real About Criminal Justice Reform

Fifteen years ago, when I first started working on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues, I never would have ...

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It’s Vital to Keep Our Youth Actively Engaged

Black parents cannot allow their child to lose three months every year. Black parents cannot say they cannot afford the ...

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Companies like Uber Could Do More for Workers

I have a love-hate relationship with ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. I love the convenience and level of service ...

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