Civil Rights

Federal Judge With Ties to Bush Fails to Strike Down Alabama’s Immigration Law

by Glynn Wilson A federal judge with close ties to former president George W. Bush failed Wednesday to strike down Alabama’s strict new immigration law, even though the Obama Justice Department argued that it violated the Constitution and usurped the federal government’s authority to set immigration policy. U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, who dated…

National Symposium on Jobs, Justice and the American Dream Kicks Off

On Aug. 26, the AFL-CIO and the King Center are hosting a national symposium on jobs, justice and the American Dream — two days before the official dedication of the historic Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. Join Martin Luther King III, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Dr. Mary Frances Berry, AFL-CIO President Richard…

New Orleans Police Officers Convicted in Danziger Bridge Case

A federal jury today convicted five officers from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) on 25 counts in connection with the federal prosecution of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina and an extensive cover-up of those shootings, the Justice Department announced Friday. The incident resulted in the death…

Why Do Working Class People Vote Against Their Economic Interests?

Poor But Proud: Twenty Years Later Auburn History Professor Wayne Flynt Answers the Central Political Question of Our Time by Glynn Wilson AUBURN, Ala. — In a state where intellectuals are generally scorned as “elitists” — or as former governor and presidential candidate George Wallace liked to call them for his own opportunistic political reasons,…

Alabama Miners Shut Down Coal Production, Rally for Labor in Birmingham

Glynn Wilson by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The United Mine Workers of America declared a day of mourning on Monday and shut down all coal production for the entire state of Alabama to protest the anti-union budget cutting policies of the new Republican governor and GOP-controlled legislature. Daryl Dewberry, UMWA Watch the video here…

Push Continues to Draw Large Crowds at Events on April 4

Forty-three years ago, a struggle by 1,300 city sanitation, member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, workers who were being denied the fundamental right of collective bargaining, brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, Tennessee. After marching with these workers, King declared: “Work that serves humanity… It has dignity and…

Jim Crow-Era Rape Victim Seeks Public Apology

Nearly 70 years ago, in the small town of Abbeville, Alabama, a young woman named Recy Taylor experienced the worst of living under racist Jim Crow laws. In 1944, Recy was gang raped by a group of men –– her neighbors. Rosa Parks and the NAACP fought on Recy’s behalf to send her attackers to…

Wisconsin Labor Rallies Top Tea Party Protests

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Far more people over a sustained period of time protested Republican attacks on workers’ rights and organized labor than anything mounted by the fake tea party at the height of its popularity, now faded since the midterm elections of 2010. Experts agree the…

Karl Rove Says There’s No Climate Change?

Millions of Us Way Smarter Than Rove Disagree Allan Lichtman from Climate Challenge on Vimeo. History professor, author and international political commentator Dr. Allan Lichtman is interviewed by Karyn Strickler about the urgent need to get off the fossil fuel economy for our climate, our economy, our national security, our health and our children. Related…

Days of Rage: A Forty Year Retrospective

The University of Alabama Friends of History and the Department of History will hold a one-day, mini-conference on the campus disruptions that took place between May 4 and 19, 1970, on Friday, October 22, in the Bryant Conference Center beginning at 1 p.m. They are calling the event “Days of Rage: A Forty Year Retrospective.”…

Voting Rights Act 45th Anniversary Friday, August 6

This Friday will mark the 45th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act. To mark the occasion, President Obama’s campaign Organizing for America are holding OFA phone banks at historic locations across the state on Thursday, August 5th, the day before the anniversary. “We’ll hear from folks who were involved in the civil rights movement…

Beck Dares John Lewis to 'Compare' Himself to Civil Rights Leader?

Please… Fox News’s most right-wing nut, off-the-deep-end commentator Glenn Beck criticized Civil Rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis on his show for “comparing himself to civil rights activists?” “How dare you!” Beck bellows, pointing to the scene on the TV screen with shock and awe. Guess Beck’s not exactly up on his Civil Rights…

Civil Rights Pilgrimage March 5-7

It’s the 45th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday The 2010 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage will be held March 5-7. One of the most pivotal events of the civil rights movement. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) serves once again as the Pilgrimage Chairman and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) will…

The True Story Behind Amazing Grace

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson William Wilberforce, the British politician and philanthropist who is credited with ending the slave trade in Great Britain, spent his entire adult life dedicated to “creating a better world,” according to his biographies and the movie Amazing Grace. So his story is important to know for anyone with similar…

Convict Lease System Makes a Comeback as Clintons, Obama March in Selma

The Locust Fork bus couldn’t make it to Selma today, so we’re reaching into the files and turning to e-mail for inspiration as the bunker undergoes a major facelift. According to the Rev. Jack Zylman of Birmingham, the New York Times and possibly other news organizations ran a story today about the state of Colorado’s…