There is a shock of recognition in the scenes that begin and end “Selma,” the elegiac new work by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Even if you know only a little about your history, the events surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery,…

Oct 16

Fifty years ago this month, long before the Vietnam War, students on the U.C. Berkeley campus ignited protests over a ban on political activity -- a student movement that would morph into the huge, confrontational demonstrations of the early 1970s…

Sep 06

Texas housing bias suit may make it to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court could decide as early as this month whether to take up yet another case challenging so-called "disparate impact" lawsuits. In disparate impact cases, plaintiffs rely on statistics to show that seemingly neutral housing or lending practices can…

A new report released last week by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty observed an increase in laws targeting the homeless, such as bans on loitering, sitting and sleeping in public. Join us in a Twitter chat on…

Jul 15

WASHINGTON — For the first time in 30 years, the federal government is issuing new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) update makes it clear that any form of workplace discrimination…

For gays living in Uganda, just walking outside of their homes can be dangerous. And today, long-standing prejudice has been institutionalized into law with the country’s “Anti-Homosexuality Act,” which calls for harsh sentences for gay acts. Offenders convicted of “aggravated…

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