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Rights & Liberties

Does tribal sovereignty give the Lakota Nation the right to grow hemp on its own reservation? Can a school in West Texas force a 12-year-old boy to undergo mandatory drug testing? What rights does a small band of Latina garment workers have when they go against a retail giant? POV films, including Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, Larry v. Lockney and Made in L.A. shine a light on ordinary citizens who find themselves in David-and-Goliath struggles against seemingly insurmountable forces.

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