Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

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President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage Wednesday, capping days of frenzied speculation about his views and intensifying pressure from gay campaign donors that began with surprising comments on the issue over the weekend by Vice President Biden. The announcement marked an apparent end to Obama’s self-described “evolution” on the issue. Read more… Watch the video interview Original article, […]

A Gandhian in Birmingham

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One of the last living disciples of Gandhi travels to Birmingham, Alabama to pay tribute to the work of nonviolence in this piece from Waging Nonviolence.  As I flew in from Illinois, the thunderstorms over Birmingham cleared long enough to let us land in good order. I had come to Alabama to attend a retreat […]

Dave Moore | Ageless Warrior

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Born in 1912, Dave Moore marched, and was an organizer, for civil rights and working people. During the 1930s he helped organized the Ford Hunger Strike against Ford Motor Company in Detroit, an event that changed his life. He was also part of a delegation that helped get Black pilots and Black stewardesses jobs in […]

The Repeal of DADT or Justice Is Like a Pinwheel

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Original article, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and My Father’s Sense of Pinwheels” on Huffington Post by Maya Rupert dated August 3, 2011. A personal message from Maya Rupert, Federal Policy Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights in which she talks about her dad’s poignant reaction to the repeal of DADT. As long as I live, […]

Meeting the Needs of Immigrant Rights Leaders

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The Rockwood Fellowship focuses on leaders who are working for the human and civil rights of immigrant communities. While historically, immigration policy has failed to meet the needs of these communities, over the years, and especially the last decade, more and more people have been mobilizing to influence how these policies are shaped.

Harry Belafonte on Race & Politics Today

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Belafonte has spent decades helping to lead reform movements around the world… His accumulated wisdom brings invaluable context to the ups and downs of electoral politics. Most importantly, Belafonte stresses…our concern must be with building a people-driven movement for justice, to which any elected official must respond.

Grace Lee Boggs | The Answers Are Coming from the Bottom

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Democracy Now!’s June 2010 interview with Grace Lee Boggs, “a Detroit-based radical organizer and philosopher. Born to Chinese immigrant parents in 1915, Grace Lee Boggs has been involved with the civil rights, Black Power, labor, environmental justice, and feminist movements over the past seven decades.”

Grace Lee Boggs | The Answers are Coming from the Bottom

portrait by Robert Shetterly (www.americanswhotellthetruth.org)

A reprint of Democracy Now!’s June 2010 interview with Grace Lee Boggs, “a Detroit-based radical organizer and philosopher. Born to Chinese immigrant parents in 1915, Grace Lee Boggs has been involved with the civil rights, Black Power, labor, environmental justice, and feminist movements over the past seven decades. Along with her late husband Jimmy Boggs, Grace has been at the forefront of efforts to rebuild urban communities.”