FDL Book Salon Welcomes William P. Jones, The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

By: Sunday August 11, 2013 1:59 pm

In just a few weeks, the nation will be commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the civil rights demonstration that drew a quarter of a million participants to the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

William Jones returns to that iconic moment in his new book, The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights to remind us that the March was about far more than King’s dream, that the cast of characters involved in making the March a reality was far broader and larger than King and his advisors, and that the March had a much longer history, one that dates back to at least the early 1940s.

 

Get Over Yourself, Donnie McClurkin. You Reap What You Sow

By: Sunday August 11, 2013 7:00 am

You see, the 1963 March on Washington was coordinated and successfully accomplished by Bayard Rustin, an openly gay African-American who was an integral part of the African-American civil rights movement. Rustin also mentored Dr. King on nonviolent resistance.

After the Restore the Fourth Rallies: What Next?

By: Sunday July 7, 2013 4:00 pm

If nothing else, the nationwide “Restore the Fourth” rallies on July 4 caused a resurgence in interest in the 4th amendment as measured by internet searches for “Fourth Amendment.”` See this graph, which shows that according to Google Trends, in late June interest in the Fourth Amendment had fallen to less than 20% of what it had been when the surveillance issue first broke, but went back up to 80% on July 4.

Of course a more conventional way to measure impact is by media presence.

Waiting With Pride, Dignity, and Hope

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 9:03 am

Several times in the next two weeks, the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States will file into their ornate Washington DC courtroom at 10AM, and issue their judgments on a variety of major cases that have been under consideration during the past 9 months, including Hollingsworth v Perry (Prop 8) and US v Windsor (DOMA). SCOTUS watchers have been parsing the legal filings by both sides. Scholars have been dissecting the oral arguments, to see which points of law seem to be at the center of these cases. Pundits have been predicting how the court might rule for months. Soon, the opinion will be released, and the follow-up analysis will begin.

Meanwhile, we wait.

And for many, that waiting is done with increasingly powerful pride.

Puerto Rico Senate Passes Anti-Discrimination Bill

By: Friday May 17, 2013 1:35 pm

The Senate of Puerto Rico passed an LGBT anti-discrimination bill on Thursday on a vote of 15-11.

The bill (PS-238) would amend Puerto Rico’s existing anti-discrimination laws, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the classes already protected against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and government services.

Holder’s Gutless Recusal & the Justice Department’s Seizure of AP Records

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 4:57 pm

The answers given by Attorney General Eric Holder during his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon certainly make it appear like his decision to recuse himself was a gutless decision, one he made because he knew when the press discovered the Associated Press had their phone records secretly seized they would be collectively outraged.

No Press Freedom for Those Who Aggressively Report on America’s Dirty Wars

By: Friday May 3, 2013 1:20 pm

Today, United States officials are “reaffirming” the US’s “commitment” to freedom of speech and a free press on World Press Freedom Day, however, there remains one glaring case of repression against a journalist, who President Barack Obama has ordered Yemen to keep imprisoned. His continued imprisonment grossly undermines any messages coming from the US government about its dedication to promoting press freedom.

Washington Voters Decisively Rejected The “License To Discriminate” Against Gays In 2006

By: Saturday April 27, 2013 5:34 pm

A bill (SB 5927) filed late last week by Washington state Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick) and nearly half of the state legislature’s Republican caucus seeks to roll back part of the state’s anti-discrimination law to allow businesses to deny services to customers “if providing those goods or services would be contrary to the individual’s or entity owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience”.

Washington State GOP Wants to Protect (Some) Homophobia from Anti-Discrimination Lawsuits

By: Saturday April 27, 2013 9:00 am

A dozen Republican members of the Washington state legislature are so outraged that a florist would be forced to sell flowers to gays or lesbians that they have put forward a bill to protect homophobic business owners from anti-discrimination lawsuits. Actually, that’s not quite right — the homophobic beliefs have to be “sincerely held” in order to protect the owner from a lawsuit.

Let’s take a moment and imagine just how a lawyer would probe those allegedly sincerely held beliefs . . .

And we note for the record that the mere fact that someone is sincere in their hatred of someone else doesn’t make it right, and certainly doesn’t make it worth protecting.

Nestlé CEO Believes All Water on the Planet Should Be in Private Hands

By: Monday April 22, 2013 11:15 am

Peter Brabeck, the Chairman of Nestle Group, has a theory about how the world should work regarding access to water and he would like to share his theory (of not sharing).

Brabeck is not a fan of nature, at least not as it is understood today. Saying man can now provide “balance to nature.” Brabeck disparages the “organic movement” and those opposing genetically modified food saying he prefers the American system which, he claims, has not produced a single case of illness. Brabeck may be omitting or may genuinely not know that no one in the US could document such a case of illness, even if it occurred, because GM food is not labeled in America. Brabeck suggests Europeans should cast aside their organic inclinations and adopt the American system.

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