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Post-Michael Brown Agenda Moves To End Racist, Militarized Policing
"It’s difficult to view citizens as partners when you’re looking at them through a Kevlar helmet and a riot shield "
FEC Acts On Citizens United But Sidesteps Disclosure Entirely
The Federal Election Commission has made a rare break from its near-constant deadlock, but critics say its new rule changes fail to address the disclosure of the “tsunami of dark money” flooding the U.S. election system.
California Love: Only Yes Means Yes For Sexual Consent
A controversial new law states that during a sexual encounter, only “yes” means “yes” -- silence or the absence of “no” doesn’t constitute consent. Supporters say it’s a huge step forward, but critics worry it’s a mood-killing overreach into students’ bedrooms.
Texans Build A Diverse Movement For Reproductive Choice And Health Care
Part I: Pro-abortion rights activists seek to help those most affected by Texas’ anti-abortion law -- namely, those who have already been left behind by the reproductive rights movement.
Chronically Underfunded Public Defense System Goes On Trial In New York
New York state’s public defense system -- underfunded, overwhelmed -- goes on trial for failing to provide adequate legal representation to the state’s poor. With other states’ defense systems in similar shambles, what happens in New York could have huge implications.
Judge Denies DOJ’s Request For Closed Hearing At Force-feeding Trial
One “of the strongest pillars of our system of justice in the United States is the presumption that all judicial proceedings are open to the public,” the judge wrote, rejecting the Justice Department’s request to close the courtroom less than two weeks before the trial.
Global Warming, Big Ag, US Military Standing In Way Of Native Food Sovereignty
Native people from coast to coast are struggling to maintain their ties to foods that have sustained them for generations. Global warming, Big Ag and even the U.S. military are all standing in the way of food sovereignty.
VIDEO: Confronting White Privilege In The Climate Justice Movement
“For these communities, Climate Change is not a far off thing, it is right at their backyard. For these communities it is an issue of survival. Climate organizing is not a privilege for them, it is a life and death matter.”
Race And Racism Define Southern Politics, But Maybe Not For Long
The GOP wouldn’t be wise to think it can rely on its white voter base in the South for much longer. Despite an onslaught of restrictive voting laws in recent years, Republicans will need to shift gears from the “Southern Strategy” to inclusion to stay relevant.
Save The Climate Or Save Capitalism? A Flood Wall Street Dispatch
Flood Wall Street exceeded organizers expectations, with over 3000 people shutting down Broadway between Exchange place and the iconic Wall Street Bull for eight hours just one day ahead of the 2014 UN Climate meeting.