Justice

Trump nominee Sam Clovis: 'As far as we know' homosexuality's a choice, 'logical' LGBT protections could lead to legalization of pedophilia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sam Clovis, Donald Trump's pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, has argued that homosexuality is a choice and that the sanctioning of same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of pedophilia, a CNN KFile review of Clovis' writings, radio broadcasts, and …

'Deep divisions across our country': Here's the memo that just went out to JPMorgan staff

JPMorgan is donating $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in light of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia the weekend before last.<p>Peter Scher, head of corporate responsibility at the US bank, sent a memo to staff this morning outlining the …

Southern Poverty Law Center

What Will Trump Do to American Workers?

With Steve Bannon out of the White House, it’s clearer than ever that Donald Trump’s promise to be a populist fighting for ordinary workers was worth about as much as any other Trump promise — that is, nothing. His agenda, such as it is, amounts to reverse Robin Hood with extra racism — the …

Equality

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

There are those who say that comparing President Donald Trump’s rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler is alarmist, unfair and counterproductive.<p>And yet, …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Ex-Northwestern professor charged in 'grisly' Chicago stabbing death

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police have formally charged a former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee with first-degree murder in the July stabbing death of a 26-year-old cosmetologist, Chicago police and the US Marshals Service said Sunday.<p>Ex-professor Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren …

News

The Absurdity of Corporate Tax Cuts During the Corporate Pillaging of the Middle Class

It could be argued that the greatest American pillaging is the transfer of taxpayer funds into the bloated military, or a greed-driven private health …

Equality

Donald Trump is a monument to our past defending monuments to our past

The aftermath of Charlottesville shows it’s not 1950 anymore.<p>There is something strangely self-referential about President Donald Trump standing up to defend Confederate monuments across the country. Trump himself is a monument to our political past — an elderly culture warrior who ran promising to …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Man confesses to stabbing 3 children

Antonio Williams has confessed to stabbing to death his 6-year-old sister and two young cousins while babysitting the family at their Maryland home, police said.

Taiwan’s ‘Grim Truth’: Vicious Low Wage, Low Productivity Cycle Crippling Workers and Companies

The Basic Wage Deliberation Committee has proposed to increase Taiwan’s minimum wage from NT$21,009 a month this year to only NT$22,000 (US$725) next year, after a meeting earlier this month.<p>The committee, which is made up of representatives from the government and businesses, as well as from the …

Equality

How Aussie Gay Marriage Debate Moved to Mailboxes

A majority of Australians, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, support changing the law to allow same-sex marriage. Yet while neighboring New …

Equality

Abbott insists marriage equality threat to religious freedom after Brandis calls it a ‘trick’

Former PM rejects attorney general’s view and says Australians should vote no in postal survey if they’re ‘concerned about where our country is going’<p>Tony Abbott and two Liberal ministers have rejected the view of the attorney general, George Brandis, that religious freedom is not at issue in the …

Equality

They’re Trying to Sue a White Supremacist. First He Must Be Found.

For the past five months, a group of litigants has been trying to hold Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, to account for some of his actions. It has not been easy.<p>A team of four people hired by the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center to serve Mr. Anglin with …

Racism

Data Curious 21.08.2017: A roundup of data stories, datasets and visualizations from last week

Welcome to my weekly roundup of data-driven things I noticed on the web last week. This is week 18 (last week’s post is here).<p>Every week I clip, save …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Many Syrian Children Lacking Educational Opportunities

The United States has accepted 15,000 Syrian refugees. (karamfoundation.org)<p>CHICAGO – While many children are now heading back to school in Illinois …

Social Justice

The Political Failure of Trickle-Down Economics

Tomorrow’s column is in part about the political failure of Trumpcare, which was — despite all those populist noises during the campaign — a case of trickle-down economics on steroids: huge benefit cuts for lower- and middle-income families, to provide huge tax cuts for a tiny minority.<p>But was that …

Equality

Michigan man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill kids and Jews

A Michigan man who used Twitter to threaten to kill children and Jews in mass shooting attacks was sentenced to two years of probation.<p>A judge in …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Arizona's 'concentration camp': why was Tent City kept open for 24 years?

In 1993 Joe Arpaio, America’s ‘toughest sheriff’, opened a temporary outdoor jail in Phoenix. After more than two decades, the notorious project is finally closing<p>‘Hitler! Hitler!” the prisoners chanted to the TV cameras in protest. It was 4 February 2009. More than 200 Latino men in …

Joe Arpaio

Donald Trump May Circumvent the Usual Process to Pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio

These things usually take time and consideration. Arpaio hasn’t even been sentenced.<p>President Donald Trump has learned about his power to issue pardons. And in the last week, White House aides have suggested that he use his first one on a controversial choice: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the schismatic …

Joe Arpaio

Why the Democratic Party Can't Save Us From Trump's Authoritarianism

Sen. Tammy Baldwin speaks alongside fellow Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Joe Donnelly during an …

Equality

Hoeven’s Father and Stepmother Die Two Days Apart

Senior Hoeven was politically active in North Dakota<p>North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven’s father, John Hoeven, died Saturday, two days after the death of …

Injustice

Child labor: The inconvenient truth behind India’s growth story

<b>NEW DELHI —</b> Seventy years ago last week, India gained independence. The country has since created one of the world’s largest economies. But despite its wealth, 33 million children from ages 5 to 18 are working — and almost one third of this group are under 15 according to Save the Children India, …

Equality

Watch Ian Thorpe and his almost naked boyfriend call for marriage equality in cute new video

Australia’s most-decorated Olympian has recorded a new video arguing for marriage equality.<p>Ian Thorpe, the five-times gold medal winning swimmer, is …

Equality

Progressive Armies Mobilize Against GOP Tax Cuts for Corporations and Wealthy

The August recess isn't over yet, but progressive organizations are using the time to mobilize against looming Republican plans—spearheaded by the …

Equality

How Much Money You Need to Earn to Be in the Top 1% at Every Age

<i>This story originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.</i><p>Income and wealth inequality in the US has gotten steadily worse over the past decade.<p>As the …

Equality

Anti same-sex marriage flyer has said ‘homosexuality is a curse of death’ The claims were outrageous

The Postal Plebiscite: All you need to know1:04<p>Barring an intervention from the High Court, the Turnbull government has issued a postal plebiscite on …

Equality

The problem is still the economy, stupid

For many people, April 27, 1994 was not only the dawn of freedom in this country, but also the start of a bright new future of prosperity.<p>With the …

Equality

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Chooses Trial by Judge Instead of Jury

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has decided to face trial by judge, instead of by military jury, on charges that he endangered comrades by deserting his post in Afghanistan, the AP reported Monday. Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 after leaving his post, is accused of desertion and …

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There Has Never Been a Better Time to Teach Social Justice

« Teaching, Like Golf, Is 'No Easy Game' | Main<p>By Lee-Ann Stephens and Katherine Bassett<p><i>The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY)</i> …

Social Justice

How Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump have restarted the war on drugs

Under Obama, America’s addiction to mass incarceration seemed to fade. But then came Trump and a hardline attorney general<p>Shauna Barry-Scott remembers the moment she felt the American fever for mass incarceration break. It was an August morning in 2013, and she was in a federal prison in the …

News (U.S.)

Most American Indian tribes opt out of federal death penalty | Miami Herald

In a heinous case on the Navajo Nation, an 11-year-old girl was lured into a van, sexually assaulted and killed. The tribe did not seek to have the …

Injustice