On June 28, 1969, fed up after a police raid, a group rioted outside a popular New York City gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. The clash came to be known as the "Stonewall Riots" and marked the birth of the gay rights movement. read more
A strategic partnership between two lions of American jurisprudence, once determined courtroom adversaries, was crucial to the successful protection of marriage equality in the state of California Wednesday. read more
Texan State Senator Wendy Davis was so determined to stop the passage of a bill that would have ended access to safe abortions in Texas Tuesday, that she set out to complete a 13-hour filibuster, without assistance or interruption. This was a real filibuster, not the pale shadow of the one currently practiced in the United States Senate. It was an extraordinary measure, reflected in the physical hurdles which Davis was forced to confront. read more
Growing up, Brianna Mullen watched her parents lose their jobs and declare bankruptcy twice, until ultimately they were forced out of their Bay Area home because of foreclosure. Now, the 20-year-old is determined to avoid a similar fate.
A rising junior at the University of California-Berkeley, Mullen is working two jobs while she's studying education policy and urban planning, trying to keep her debt load to a minimum. read more
Tuesday brought a monumental decision from the Supreme Court, striking down a central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In a 5-4 decision split along ideological lines, the Court ruled that the law’s formula for determining which states must receive permission from the federal government to alter their voting laws is unconstitutional. It is now up to a highly divided Congress to pass new legislation to revive the Voting Rights Act--a considerable challenge considering the recent levels of gridlock on the Hill. read more
1.) The Supreme Court's decision "is actually a victory for civil rights."
The Shelby County v. Holder ruling is "A Civil-Rights Victory" according to National Review's John Fund, who argues that the Justice Department's "consideration of state requests for election changes was often arbitrary and partisan, as witnessed by the recent smackdown that the DOJ got from a federal court when it tried to block South Carolina’s voter ID law." read more
The American minimum wage turned 75 this Tuesday, giving the Obama administration yet another reason to push for a boost. Vice President Joe Biden made the pitch in a White House address, flanked by minimum wage workers.
"It's time to raise the minimum wage and keep faith with the Fair Labor Standards Act," he said, referring to the 1938 legislation which originally introduced the federal minimum wage, among other labor protections. read more