Civil Rights

Wyoming Replaces Alabama as the Most Conservative State in the U.S.

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The Word ‘Liberal’ is Experiencing a Resurgence in American Life – By Glynn Wilson – Could it be that the people of my home state are finally starting to get their news online and waking up to the ravages of run amok corporate capitalism and the do-nothing nature of conservative Republicans who don’t know how…

Federal Judge Sentences Anti-Government Extremist from Pinson to Prison

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A federal judge sentenced a Pinson man and member of an anti-government Sovereign Citizens group to prison for two years Monday for mailing a fictitious financial instrument to attempt to pay off his home mortgage. The Federal Bureau of Investigation classifies “sovereign citizens” among domestic terror threats as anti-government extremists. U.S. District Judge Inge P.…

President Obama Marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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President Obama delivers remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. August 28, 2013. Full text of the remarks by the president at the “Let Freedom Ring” Ceremony Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March…

Creating a Culture of Unionism in the South is Essential for Democracy

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By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis – The South Lawn – One of the difficulties of organizing in the South is that the struggles here frequently occur under a veil of invisibility due to the lack of pro-worker media down here. Barring major fights like the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) fifteen-year long trench…

Domestic Spying Story Finally Grows Legs

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Let’s face it. All things are political in America. I woke up this morning to find, according to my RSS feed, that all of a sudden the Fourth Amendment domestic spying story has grown long, spidery legs — seven years too late. The headlines scream scandal, and…

Birmingham Barons Welcome Historic 1964 Barons To New Regions Field

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By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It was 1947 when Jack “Jackie” Roosevelt Robinson, son of a sharecropper from Cairo, Georgia, broke the color line in baseball. It was the beginning of the end for segregation in all aspects of American life, a trend that began during the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln freed…

Birmingham Barons to Welcome ’64 Barons To Regions Field

The Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team will welcome former members of the 1964 Barons to the new Regions Field in downtown Birmingham on Tuesday, May 14 to commemorate the release of SOUTHERN LEAGUE: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South’s Most Compelling Pennant Race from Grand Central Publishing, written by…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: But There Will Be Video

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“…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know … that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. – Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,…

Photo Essay: An April Walking Tour of Washington D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference, I took the time to do a walking photography tour of some of the national monuments in the nation’s capital. Check it out. All rights reserved. By Glynn Wilson. Click on the images for a larger view.

President Obama Nominates Tom Perez for Secretary of Labor

By Glynn Wilson – President Barack Obama nominated Tom Perez, a Hispanic who has served as the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for civil rights for the past four years, to join his cabinet on Monday as the new Secretary of Labor. Perez, Maryland’s former labor secretary, has attracted a fair amount of media attention…

Edmund Pettus Bridge Makes List of National Historic Landmarks

By Glynn Wilson – The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama — the scene of the infamous civil rights march on March 7, 1965 that came to be called “Bloody Sunday” — made the most recent list of national historic landmarks announced by the Obama administration this week. International outrage over the violence helped create…

Supreme Court to Consider the South’s Legacy On Voting Rights

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – How can one be fair and balanced in the face of blatant, retrograde racism? The Washington Post is just now figuring out that at the top of the steps of Alabama’s old Capitol, there’s a six-pointed bronze star marking the spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in…

Sierra Club Joins Civil Rights Activists in White House Protest

Forty Eight Arrested in Historic Act of Civil Disobedience – Forty eight environmental activists and civil rights leaders from across the country joined together for a historic display of civil disobedience at the White House Wednesday morning, where they demanded that President Obama deny the tar sands Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and address the…