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Ron Dellums, Former Congressman and Oakland Mayor, Dies at Age 82

Rachel Swan SFGate
“If it’s radical to oppose the insanity and cruelty of the Vietnam War, if it’s radical to oppose racism and sexism and all other forms of oppression, if it’s radical to want to alleviate poverty, hunger, disease, homelessness, and other forms of hu

How Purges Threaten to Disenfranchise Voters Under the Radar

Kevin Morris Brennan Center for Justice
More people are being purged now than at any time in the past decade. Much of this increase coincided with a landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Shelby County v. Holder struck at the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

The Vetting of Thurgood Marshall — and a Lesson for Today

Michael G. Long Chicago Tribune
Marshall had neither a Harvard degree nor wide legal experiences, but he possessed an extraordinary judicial temperament and proved to be an outstanding federal judge. Of his 98 majority decisions on the circuit court, not one was overturned.

The Defiant Ones

Amy Crawford, Photographs by Lola Flash Smithsonian Magazine
As young girls, they fought the fierce battle to integrate America’s schools. They were African-American children, the vast majority girls, who were “firsts” in the years before and after the Supreme Court struck down school segregation.

The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters

Mick Dumke ProPublica
Chicago police and City Hall tracked anti-Trump demonstrators — now state legislators want to let them use drones. Officials are expanding their abilities to watch people in the name of public safety, but the public has little ability to watch back.

Prologue to Greatness: W.E.B. Du Bois and Great Barrington

David Levering Lewis Portside
Du Bois biographer David Levering Lewis delivered a speech during the Du Bois 150th Birthday Celebration. Du Bois at age 95 was more radically unorthodox than virtually any other engaged intellectual of the 20th century. The real problem was really the manipulation of race in the service of wealth.
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