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Freeman Hrabowski Reflects on Race, Peace and Trust in Baltimore

Freeman Hrabowski Reflects on Race, Peace and Trust in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Freeman Hrabowski learned early in life the sting of being abused by police because of the color of his skin. As a 12-year-old, Hrabowski, who is Black, marched in the May 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Eugene “Bull” Connor, the Birmingham public safety commissioner, ordered […]

On Inauguration Day 2017, a Divided America Continues

On Inauguration Day 2017, a Divided America Continues

WASHINGTON — Citizens of a divided America descended on the streets of the capital on Friday as Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States. It was, perhaps, the most polarized Inauguration Day since Abraham Lincoln took office. Protests broke out and people here expressed sharp criticism of the businessman who now occupies the […]

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Disenfranchising people for past criminal convictions has a long history. In ancient Greece and Rome, they had a name for stripping away people’s voting rights and other rights: “civil death.” English colonists brought ex-felon disenfranchisement to America. Today, for 4.3 million American citizens who have left prison after doing time for a felony, freedom quickly […]

Election 2016: Native Americans Are Gearing Up to Be Heard

Election 2016: Native Americans Are Gearing Up to Be Heard

Call them the nearly forgotten electorate, whose members are working day and night to ensure that their voices will be heard at the ballot box. In this season of intense, sometimes rabid political debate, Native Americans have been largely ignored by mainstream news media. They attract scant public attention and receive only the occasional nod […]

Florida Berry Pickers Are Left Out of Talks Affecting Their Lives

Florida Berry Pickers Are Left Out of Talks Affecting Their Lives

When black bears in Florida began foraging for food in people’s backyards, the state responded by banning the harvest of small orange, green and dark-blue saw palmetto berries the bears feed on in the wild. The reasoning? Preserving more of the bears’ food in their habitats would make them less likely to encroach on suburbia. […]

Chicago Residents Want ‘Voice’ in Future of Dyett High

Chicago Residents Want ‘Voice’ in Future of Dyett High

The parents, grandparents, educators and clergy have been starving themselves since Aug. 17, subsisting only on water and juice. The hunger strikers, who are now on Day 30 of their protest, joined scores of demonstrators who have taken to marching in candlelight vigils to President Barack Obama’s home in Chicago every night. About 3,000 petitioners […]