Civil Rights

From Walden to the White House

By Michael Brune – Sierra Club Executive Director – If you could do it nonstop, it would take you six days to walk from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond to President Barack Obama’s White House. For the Sierra Club, that journey has taken much longer. For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every…

President Barack Obama Sworn in for Second Term on Inauguration Day

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official…

The War Between the States is Finally Almost Over

Unfortunately Our Long Alabama Nightmare Continues – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — The so-called leaders of Alabama’s Republican party honestly remind me of the last Rebs at Gettysburg, still willing to charge up Big Roundtop hill one more time for “the cause” in the face of certain defeat…

Alabama Republicans Adopt Famous Racist Slogan of George Wallace

Letter to the Editor: By Peggy Wallace Kennedy – When you spend you entire life in the world of politics, sometimes the longest walk home is from your mailbox to the kitchen table. Monday, October 29th, was one of those days. Mixed among a utility bill, a church bulletin and three advertisements was a large-sized,…

Professor Wayne Flynt Says Vote ‘No’ on Amendment 4

By Wayne Flynt/ Special to the News-Journal – AUBURN, Ala. — Have you ever listened to a conversation between two friends about a complicated issue? Because you find some truth in both arguments, you change back and forth as each makes his case. My not overly educated (at least in the formal sense) but very…

Obamacareless: Sickness Is the Health of the State

by David Underhill Guest Column The racket about getting medical care to those without it isn’t really about that. Keeping this in mind will make the shrillest weeks of the campaign season more bearable as elections approach. The coronation of Paul Ryan as veep on the Republican ticket made Medicare a loud topic because his…

Reacting to Alabama’s Discriminatory Immigration Law, Obama Administration Forms New Civil Rights Unit

by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM — In reaction to the Alabama Republicans’ discriminatory and unconstitutional new immigration law, most of which was stuck down the federal appeals court in Atlanta Monday and found to foster widespread discrimination against legally born Hispanic American citizens, mainly children, the Obama administration has formed a special Civil Rights Enforcement Unit…

Alabama Governor Bentley Sticks Foot in Mouth, Again

by Glynn Wilson Alabama Governor Robert Bentley seems to like the taste of his own toes. He sticks his foot in his mouth so often that people down South have taken to calling him “Goober” after the character on the Andy Griffith Show who just could not keep his mouth shut even though he rarely…

How Much Heat Can We Take Before We Attack Global Warming?

How to Save the Planet and Fix the Economy Too The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Just how hot does it have to get before the people of the United States finally acknowledge that global warming is happening? When are we going to stop arguing about it and start doing something to at least slow…

AFL-CIO and Partners Announce Far-Reaching Voter Rights Campaign

The AFL-CIO announced a far-reaching, multi-partner campaign to register voters Tuesday and to ensure they can cast their ballots without intimidation and follow through to make sure those votes are counted. Speaking at a press conference in Washington, D.C., AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker said this campaign represents the union movement’s most aggressive…

I Like Dirty Bastard Beer

And I Don’t Care Whether the Republican Governor-King Likes It or Not The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson When I was playing the drums in my high school marching band in now bankrupt Jefferson County, Alabama, we came up with a popular cheer and cadence to play at every football game. “I – like –…