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Oscar-nominated actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee dies

New Rochelle - On June 11, 2014, the American entertainment industry lost Oscar-nominated actress Ruby Dee. She was 91 years old and she passed away at her home in New Rochelle, New York, from natural causes.
In the Media by Markos Papadatos - 2 comments

U.S. schools still biased in disciplining black students

According to the 2011-2012 Civil Rights Data Collection, released Friday by the Department of Education, black students in the U.S. are getting more punishments and less educational opportunities than their white peers.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Op-Ed: California ban on American flag T-shirts upheld on Cinco de Mayo

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a California high school's right to tell students they must refrain from wearing T-shirts with the American flag displayed on them, saying the students' civil rights were not violated.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 3 comments

Photo Essay: MLK Parade in Savannah, Georgia Special

Savannah - Thousands of onlookers and participants enjoyed Savannah's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Observance Day Parade. Churches, activists, children, schools and universities, local officials and news anchors participated in the event.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 7 comments

Boy Scouts to admit gay members starting January 1

The Boy Scouts of America have relaxed their strict admittance policy to allow homosexual boys to become Scouts, but the decision has not been accepted openly by everyone.
In the Media by Sean Fraser - 5 comments

Stop Being Famous: A chat with Ferrari Sheppard Special

Chicago - Today I had a conversation with Ferrari Sheppard, a journalist, artist, and editor-in-chief. Ferrari created, developed, and runs the website Stopbeingfamous.com
Digital Journal Report by Layne Weiss - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, 50 years later

Washington - Fifty year ago Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in front of about 250,000 people, and delivered a fervent address regarded as one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 26 comments

L.A. protest on Trayvon:'Our boys and girls have a right to live' Special

Los Angeles - Following a unanimous L. A. City Council resolution calling for a civil rights investigation into George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin, Angelinos again rallied, demanding Zimmerman be jailed for what many Angelinos see as a cold-blooded murder
Digital Journal Report by Ruth Hull - 16 comments

Op-Ed: I cannot walk away from my own moral compass

Phoenix - I can't walk away from my moral compass and supporting the Defense of Marriage Act or any Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage would have me do just that. When you use laws to deny Americans their civil rights, you have some soul searching to do.
In the Media by Duane Buell - 6 comments

IGA English Language Protest Special

Saint-lambert - An IGA in Saint-Lambert, Quebec requires its English employees to speak French to one another, even during their own breaks. A protest was organized outside the store after a 17-year-old employee blew the whistle.
Digital Journal Report by Charlie Profit - 2 comments

The picture of a tragic event that changed South Africa’s history

Johannesburg - Thirty-seven years ago today, a photojournalist captured the image of a boy killed by police during the high school student’s protests known as the “Soweto Uprising”; the image became a symbol of the struggle for equal rights of black South Africans
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Obama's shame — Hunger strikes and the human rights record

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to close Guantanamo Bay; the infamous Caribbean prison often associated with George W. Bush's War on Terror policies.
In the Media by Ryan Donnelly - 10 comments

Boston bombing suspect not read his Miranda rights

Boston - Civil liberties advocates have decried the decision to deny the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect his Miranda Rights as "un-American."
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 64 comments

Op-Ed: 150 years later, US blacks still not fully emancipated

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing millions of blacks from the cruel bondage of slavery.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 10 comments

Review: Out With Dad an original web series the whole family can watch Special

Toronto - "Out With Dad is an award winning webseries and is one of the many online short-form narrative productions that proudly calls Toronto home."
Digital Journal Report by Erin P. Capuano

Op-Ed: Fighting spam with empathy

The captcha system was first introduced to combat spam. It stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. It is in use today on countless websites to prevent the endless spamming of posts and accounts.
In the Media by James He - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Why I'm a Democrat — The champions of civil rights

As a rape survivor and member of the black community, watching the GOP push voter ID laws to suppress the minority vote and forcing a woman to carry a rapist's baby to term, the question "Why am I a Democrat?" seems like a punch-line to a very bad joke.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan - 24 comments

Op-Ed: Stand up for Khawaja and his fellow civil rights activists

The conviction of the pro-democratic Bahraini demonstrators is a reminder of our duty of solidarity for the fight and plight of those advocating freedom, civil and human rights in Bahrain.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Remembering Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech

On this day, in Washington, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous 'I have a dream' speech, to thousands who gathered outside of Lincoln Memorial, in what would become a critical moment of the civil rights movement, in 1963.

Op-Ed: No First Amendment for Tweets and no justice for online opinions?

Sydney - A young lady passed out at a party, was sexually molested, and her attackers posted a video of the attack online. She didn’t like the “slap on the wrist” for her attackers, and said so on Twitter. She might go to jail for that.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 7 comments

KKK group bids to adopt stretch of Georgia highway

Atlanta - A north Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has applied to adopt a stretch of highway in Union County, GA, CNN reports. The application was filed by the International Keystome Knights of the KKK on May 21.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 3 comments

Indonesian man faces prison for 'God doesn't exist' Facebook post

Alex Aan faces up to 11 years in prison, ostracism from his family, community, and country, and possible physical violence for admitting he is an atheist in a country where faith in God is mandatory.
In the Media by Sean Fraser - 11 comments

Anti-government 'Patriot' groups propagating at an alarming rate

The Southern Poverty Law Center releases "Intelligence Report" citing a 755% increase in (Patriot) anti-government hate groups in the United States.
In the Media by Christopher Wager - 3 comments

Willie Nelson helps promote rally for veterans benefits with OFFE

Country music legend Willie Nelson teams up with Operation Firing for Effect to promote a rally to protect veteran's benefits. The rally, named Operation Sin City, will take place May 15th and 16th in Las Vegas.
In the Media by Nicole Byerly

Op-Ed: Shoot First Ask Later — Gun Laws in the U.S

A look at the gun laws in the United States and the history of the 2nd Amendment. How has this amendment been distorted to commit crimes and make money for the gun lobbyists.
In the Media by Erin P. Capuano - 20 comments

Op-Ed: Owning a gun is not a basic civil right

Trayvon Martin's death is drawing attention to the gun laws in the United States. These gun laws hamper the freedoms of people that want to live in country where they don't know who has a gun or a neighbor that might use a gun on them for no good reason.
In the Media by John Bichler - 18 comments

California's Prop 8 deemed unconstitutional

Sacramento - California's infamous Prop 8, which banned same sex marriages in the state, has been declared unconstitutional by an federal appeals court.
In the Media by Sean Fraser - 6 comments

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, immigration agency civil rights abuse

Phoenix - Nowhere is United States immigration worse than in the state of Arizona under Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Joe is an old-fashioned cowboy-type of guy who is known to speak his mind at all costs, like, "never slap a man who's chewing tobacco."
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 4 comments

Usher being honored by National Civil Rights Museum

Memphis - With multiple Grammy's and almost two dozen Music Awards, Usher will be accepting his most prestigious award yet. The Freedom Award for Philanthropy.
In the Media by Forstine Carter - 1 comment

FBI agents arrest NYPD cop on charges of civil rights violations

Brooklyn - A New York City police officer was arrested this past Wednesday morning by FBI agents on charges of civil rights violations after he allegedly pepper-sprayed two patrons without cause at a bar in Brooklyn.
In the Media by Shawn Kay - 4 comments
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