Civil Rights

Pass the "Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act” in 2014

As Congress returns to work this month, what better way to kick off a substantive legislative session than by passing a truly bipartisan bill that will positively affect many Native Americans and not appreciably affect the budget of the United...

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Make Puerto Rico the 51st state

For 520 years, Puerto Rico has been a colony, of Spain first and of The United States since 1898. It is the oldest colony in the world.

Three consecutive U.S. presidents encouraged Puerto Rico to make a permanent decision about our...

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Puerto Rico’s economic and political plight

Puerto Rico’s economy is collapsing under the weight of a high unemployment rate of 14.7 percent and a dramatic reduction of more than 18,000 people from the labor market this year alone. If that wasn't enough, now we face the real possibility...

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An ENDA for everyone

I have stopped supporting ENDA mainly because of a different, rarely discussed problem: our country lacks a single standard for banning job discrimination.

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Using scale and reach to battle inequality

Across the country, it’s become increasingly evident that problems stemming from inequality have reached a level that can only be characterized as a crisis.  With the wealth gap between the top .01 percent of households and the rest of us greater than it was in 1928 before the onset of the Great Depression, opportunities for too many Americans are disappearing.

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ENDA, a big beginning step

It’s said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The U.S. Senate took a giant leap forward last Thursday as 10 Republicans crossed party lines and passed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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