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Volunteers Marching during Iraq Anniversary 2011
Occupy Our Homes at the Dawn Butler Eviction in DC
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How Today’s Liberal Zionists Echo Apartheid South Africa’s Defenders


"While the majority of black South African leaders are against disinvestment and boycotts, there are tiny factions that support disinvestment — namely terrorist groups such as the African National Congress,” libertarian economics professor Walter Williams wrote in a 1983 New York Times op-ed.

Williams’ claim was as absurd then as it appears in hindsight, but his sentiment was far from rare on the American and British right in the 1980s.

Yet today’s so-called progressive and liberal Zionists employ precisely the same kinds of claims to counter the growing movement, initiated by Palestinians themselves, for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel.

Michael Dunn Trial: Is America's Legal System Capable of Defending Black Life Against Irrational White Fears?

Michael Dunn

"Sis, c'mon, dis Brooklyn Winter Olympics!" I'm sitting in a car in backed up traffic, watching two young black boys and their sister turn treacherous sidewalks into an icerink and the slopes of Sochi - their own personal Winter Olympics. They laugh, slide, create shapes, do commentary, scrunch up their faces, dance, slip, right themselves and do it over again. I laugh thinking about how irritated we all are by the ice. I laugh thinking how irritated we all are by the ice, but how kids take adult things and through their lens see and make magic, create a wonderland.

DCTC Releases Trans-Needs Assessment: Survey of city's transgender residents indicates high rates of harassment, discrimination

Janelle Mungo of Get Equal and the TLGB Police Watch, leads a chant in front of the U.S. Attorney's offices on Nov., 17, 2011

Published on July 25, 2013

The DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) on Saturday released the results of its 2011-2012 D.C. Trans Needs Assessment, showing that transgender D.C.-area residents are often at risk for harassment or discrimination; struggle with HIV and other health risks and homelessness; and are often underemployed or work in some form of an ''underground economy,'' particularly transgender people of color.

The survey effort, led by principal investigators Elijah Edelman and Elena Lumby, was based on concerns expressed at 10 discussion sessions with separate groups of transgender people. Questions from national surveys, such as one from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), were added to the final survey.

A Big Box Bans the Box: Removing Barriers to Employment for Convicted Felons

Ban the Box

With holiday hiring upon us, job prospects for the hard to employ are looking up – if only on a temporary basis. But for the 65 million Americans with criminal records, even a temporary job is often out of reach. That’s why the Target Corporation’s removal of criminal history questions from its employment applications is such promising news. While many state and local governments have decided to “ban the box” on job applications asking applicants if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime, Target represents one of the most prominent companies to do so.

MLK Boulevard: A Snapshot of King’s Dream Deferred

The iconic MLK Blvd. in New York City

In the now-famous speech that he gave to a congregation in Memphis the night before he was assassinated in April of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke at length about travelling roads. If he were given the option to live in any period, he said, he would trek through the dark dungeons of Egypt, across the Red Sea, and then on to Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the establishment of the New Deal programs before landing at that time, the politically perilous year of 1968. He mapped a path of justice, informed by the past and steadfastly anchored in the present, before ending his address by famously exalting his listeners to reach the mountaintop — and eerily suggesting that it would have to be without him:

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