Civil Rights

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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Gun free, but not violence free

What alleged safety mechanism unites the Washington Navy Yard, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and Columbine scenes of terror? Each was a designated gun-free zone, even as the sites were eventually turned into shooting galleries by madmen.

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Denying DC statehood continues federal overreach

In a recent op-ed published by the Washington Post, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warns us of the dangers of federal overreach. According to Cruz, terrible things could happen if we’re not careful: foreign courts could override parents’ decision-making regarding the education of their children with special needs; an international tribunal in Hamburg could seize control of U.S. businesses; and the United Nations might just come to your house and take away your guns.

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