The biggest news coming out of the courts this week was the start of the federal trial on California's Proposition 8. As you will recall, in May of 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violated the state Constitution. However, in November 2008 , Californians...Read More
Fewer than 50 years ago, whites and blacks in parts of this country had separate drinking fountains, movie theaters had "colored balconies," and housing restrictions were common. The struggle to change these conditions, to win every American equal justice under the law no matter what his or her race, formed the backdrop of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life work.
Dr. King was committed to making America and our world one of freedom and justice for all, and sought to mend injustices through nonviolent resistance: "We had to make it clear that nonviolent resistance is not a...Read More
If I were to tell you there is a group of adult Americans who pay their taxes, have never been convicted of a crime, are born in the United States yet who are legally disenfranchised, you might be confused. Or you might be aware of the injustice perpetrated against citizens living in the District of Columbia.
Yes, welcome to Washington, D.C., the epicenter of American political life, the ground upon which American law is written, voted upon and enacted - and whose more than half a million residents are without representation.
This infuriating and wholly legal form...Read More
In October of 2009, President Obama repealed a 22-year old injustice from the books of law: people living with HIV/AIDS were no longer banned from entering the United States. That law recently went into effect, giving both advocates for the HIV/AIDS community and fair immigration reason to celebrate. After the ban was lifted, Clemons...Read More
Yesterday, a severe earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter devastated Haiti - the most severe earthquake to hit the already-impoverished impoverished country in 200 years. The epicenter was near Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, and according to the International Red Cross, as many as 3 million people have been affected by the quake. The death toll is anticipated to reach nearly 100,000, and the physical and emotional destruction caused by the earthquake is immeasurable.
In the wake of this horrific...Read More