Civil Rights

A nation built together

First Lady Michelle Obama’s statement at the Democratic National Convention that enslaved people helped to...
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Leona Wells, the first-ever female congressional staffer

Leona Wells, the first-ever female congressional staffer, deserves better recognition than history has so far accorded her. She was born in St. Clair County, Illinois on Aug. 2, 1877 and grew up in Iowa, where her father edited a small town...
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Time to terminate nation’s policing crisis once and for all

The killing of hundreds of African Americans each year nationwide is an unbearable tragedy that demands an urgent response. We have failed to stop abuses from law enforcement and must make necessary changes, but we must also condemn the killing...

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Responding to the call of Elie Wiesel

This past Saturday saw the loss of one of humanity’s greatest lights with the passing of Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel. We were both privileged to know him and share a public stage with him on...

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No deal, only full repeal of ‘bathroom bill’

The North Carolina General Assembly will end this year’s Short Session any day now, and yet they continue to ignore the thousands of North Carolinians who have rallied, signed petitions and called their...

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Mexico says yes to marriage equality

This week during a ceremony to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that he would be sending a package of initiatives to Congress to legalize same-sex marriage in...

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Let's work to ensure safety for transgender young people

As our society progresses and becomes more enlightened, the journey from a rarely discussed concept to a valued, protected part of society is easier for those of us who are personally impacted. To each of my grandchildren, I am Jichan, Japanese...

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North Carolina governor's ignorance of trans identity

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his support for H.B. 2, the discriminatory bill requiring public school students to use restrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth. Recently, he filed a lawsuit against the Department...

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