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Demand Justice for Alfred Wright

A father's disappearance is disregarded by local police in Jasper, Texas, and later despite denials by local authorities is found to have been tortured, mutilated, and possibly injected with drugs.   A growing number of people are demanding that the Justice Department investigate.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the True Meaning of Bravery

Dr. King knew that speaking the truth in an atmosphere of intolerance could come with dire consequences for himself, yet inspired others to love, forgive, and speak out for their God-given rights regardless.

Supreme Court Limits Enforcement of Voting Rights Act, Requiring Congress to Update Key Provision

Today the Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling, split along idealogical lines, against a key enforcement mechanism of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. On a 5-4 vote, the majority said Congress lacked grounds for requiring some states, and not others, to obtain "preclearance" or, federal approval, before changing election rules, according to Section 4 of the act. The Court ruled that the formula for states required to obtain preclearance, which was based on historic patterns of discrimination against minority voters, is outdated and must be updated by Congress.

The Day We Fight Back Against Government Spying

A coalition of organizations are asking citizens to demand better oversight of the National Security Agency (NSA) today.

What is Fair Housing Month, And Why Does it Matter to You?

Fair Housing Month serves as a reminder and a celebration of the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to discriminate in housing based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Women's History Month

The month of March, more widely associated with Ireland’s patron saint, is also known in the United States as Women’s History Month  It is a time to learn about and honor such inspirational women as Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem, Mae Jemison, Hillary Clinton, Frida Kahlo, Audre Lorde, Rosa Parks–

Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality of Voting Rights Act

On Wednesday, February 27, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case which challenges a clause central to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The Act, which is considered a landmark in civil rights legislation, has successully defeated efforts to disenfranchise minority