History in the Making in Missouri, But Not in Michigan

By: Saturday November 8, 2014 12:37 pm

Marriage equality continues its historic roll forward, with the Western District of Missouri being the latest federal court to weigh in on the issue. It came on the heels of a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding discrimination, however. Between the Missouri ruling and the dissent at the 6th Circuit, the majority opinion looks incredibly weak.

It is, as a local retired judge put it while conducting the first marriage of a same-sex couple, history in the making. And it’s about time.


12 Ways Jim Crow Is Winning in 2014

By: Sunday November 2, 2014 6:40 pm

Jim Crow is already the big winner in this year’s election.

The corporate elite needs him to gouge the planet, wage perpetual imperial war and rule the rest of us. So the voting rights of millions of student, elderly, black, Hispanic and other citizens are being lynched. Which may now decide control of the US Senate, many state legislatures…and the White House in 2016.

“Interstate Crosscheck” – Defective by Design?

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 12:45 pm

The “Interstate Crosscheck” program is far, far more likely to find millions of false matches than it is to actually combat voter fraud. Of course, to Republicans interested in suppressing Democratic votes and voters by any means necessary, that’s a good thing. To people who actually care about democracy, it’s a horrific thing.

News Roundup from April 23, 2012

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 6:30 am

Our news roundup continues with selected stories and links from April 23, 2012, about, swaps regulation, CalPERS, Argentina oil seizure, Brazil, labor strikes, Supreme Court.rent control, Tim Geithner, Jim Crow, People’s Park, nuclear power and more.

ALEC Ally “Minnesota Majority” Uses Racist Imagery to Sell Voter ID

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 2:50 pm

I’m continuing a Minnesota-focused discussion of political bigotry in action, as practiced by ALEC’s Mary Kiffmeyer, her fellow Republicans and her conservative allies at Minnesota Majority, who put up a racist/steretype image to scare voters about supposed voter fraud and to support voter IDs.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Danielle McGuire, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

By: Saturday February 19, 2011 1:59 pm

Danielle McGuire, the prizewinning author and assistant professor of history at Wayne State University, has written a beautifully crafted and richly researched testimony of the hidden transcript of the Civil Rights Movement. At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power makes a powerful case for re-imagining the Civil Rights Movement in the South through the lens of sexual violence. This path-breaking book spotlights incidents of sexual assault from the early 1940s to the mid 1970s. Rather than remaining secreted, these brutal attacks inspired community protests among African Americans and their white allies. These grassroots struggles of resistance to white supremacy helped initiate the wider Civil Rights Movement that emerged after World War II and which eventually forced the national government to end racial segregation and black disfranchisement. Also, these community-based networks of support provided the infrastructure for the more familiar history of civil rights activities in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, Jackson, Mississippi, Tallahassee, Florida and other southern cities.

Come Saturday Morning: Shades of Jim Crow and Bill Rehnquist

By: Saturday October 9, 2010 6:45 am

Oh, lookiee here: The Republicans and their conservative allies are apparently planning to serve up a heaping helping of Jim-Crow-style voter intimidation and suppression in Minnesota. Minnesota Majority, a conservative group aligned with the Republican Party of Minnesota, is launching “Election Integrity Watch” to “monitor” voting and try to “prevent voter fraud.” Why do have [...]

Cannabis Reconsidered: From Escalating Punishment to Minimizing Harm

By: Monday September 20, 2010 3:10 pm

If we all stand together, we can turn around a horrific status-quo by putting cannabis in the realm of health, not law enforcement. Persuade our community leaders to stand up and speak for humanity and humane practices. For voters unsure of the result of legalization, let’s demand an immediate cease fire in the War on Drugs, to show that all hell will not break loose.

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