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50 Years Ago Today

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RNC Speaker Slams Gays & Immigrants For Pushing Poor Black People Aside

“I really think that the civil rights movement in it’s effort to expand has excluded some of the people that it originally designed to help and that’s low income people of all races. I didn’t hear poor people mentioned at all very much [on Saturday]. It was the environmentalists, women, gays, and immigrants. Everybody except poor people. The next frontier ...

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Civil Rights Pioneer Bayard Rustin And Astronaut Sally Ride To Be Posthumously Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Civil rights pioneer (and gay man) Bayard Rustin, who organized the 1963 March On Washington, and astronaut Sally Ride, who (at her request) was outed after her death of cancer last year, will be among the recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom awards, the highest honor given to any civilian. Via press release from the White House: This ...

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The Smithsonian Wants Trayvon’s Hoodie

The Smithsonian has expressed an interest in acquiring the hoodie worn by Trayvon Martin on the night he was murdered. Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture told The Washington Post Martin’s hoodie represents an to further the discussion about race in America. “It became the symbolic way to talk the Trayvon Martin ...

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Tony Perkins Explains Kentucky’s Anti-Gay Religious Freedom Act

“It took a House and Senate override to do it, but Kentucky can finally celebrate the enactment of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill, whose sponsor was a state Democrat, cruised to the simple majority it needed to overturn Governor Steve Beshear’s veto. Under the law, men and women of faith can no longer be threatened for acting out ...

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SCOTUS Vs Public Opinion

Embiggen the graphic and examine public support for each issue at the time of the ruling. (Via Andrew Sullivan)

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She Had A Dream

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NAACP Head Speaks To HRC

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Coulter: Civil Rights Are For Blacks Only

“What have we done to the immigrants? We OWE blacks.”

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Petition Of The Day

Selma, Alabama plans to erect a memorial to the first leader of Ku Klux Klan. The statue of Confederate General Nathan Forrest — infamous as the first Grand WIzard of the Klan and for massacring black Union soldiers at the Civil War battle of Fort Pillow — even has the blessing of the Selma City Council. Selma is home to ...

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ACLU Denounces Paul Ryan

This morning the ACLU sent out a blistering denouncement of Rep. Paul Ryan’s track record on LGBT rights and civil liberties. Via press release: In response to Mitt Romney’s announcement of his vice presidential pick of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the American Civil Liberties Union Liberty Watch 2012 campaign this morning released a brief report that reveals an appalling civil ...

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Leftists Stick Together

“When it comes down to it, the left hangs together. The National Council of La Raza is a radical, left-wing group posing as a civil rights group for Hispanic Americans — but it’s anything but that. Its very name, [which means in Spanish] ‘The Race,’ indicates that it’s race-obsessed. That it has teamed up with a homosexual activist group is ...

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La Raza Endorses Marriage Equality

Following the lead of the NAACP, the nation’s largest civil rights group for Latinos has unanimously endorsed marriage equality. Former NCLR Board Chair Danny Ortega, a Phoenix lawyer whose term ended after the vote, provided broad details of the conversations that he said took place among the 25 board members before the vote. “We had a discussion about this and ...

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MAINE: Hundreds Of Churches To Take Special Collection Against Civil Equality

On Father’s Day, June 17th, hundreds of Maine’s churches will take up a special second collection during Sunday services. That round of money will go directly to fight the November vote on same-sex marriage. Between 150 and 200 churches are expected to raise money for the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, said Carroll Conley Jr., executive director of the ...

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Alveda King Fires Back At Critics

“The 21st century homosexual lobby likes to point to the professional relationship between my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin, his openly homosexual staffer who left the movement at the height of the campaign. Rustin attempted to convince Uncle M. L. that homosexual rights were equal with civil rights. Uncle M. L. did not agree, and would ...

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Alveda King Denounces The NAACP

“Neither my great-grandfather, an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda. In the 21st Century, the anti-traditional marriage community is in league with ...

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NAACP Endorses Marriage Equality

MAJOR news today. The board of directors of the NAACP has voted to officially endorse same-sex marriage. Reactions from other civil rights groups will be added to the bottom of this post as they arrive. “The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure the political, social and economic equality of all people,” board chair Roslyn M. Brock said ...

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Black Civil Rights Group Condemns NOM

From the National Black Justice Coalition: NOM’s memos detail its campaign to direct money to a handful of African American clergy in order to attack gay and lesbian couples that have made a lifelong promise to one another. The organization admits their key goal is to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks.” The memo also outlines NOM’s strategies for ...

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A Map For Chris “Let Them Vote” Christie

He’s since issued an insincere apology, but likely with Chris Christie in mind, today Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera posts several maps showing the state of civil rights before landmark court rulings and legislative decisions.

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Cristie Apologizes For Marriage Remarks

Last week civil rights activists went ballistic when Gov. Chris Christie said that blacks “would have been happy” to have their rights voted on and therefore so should gay people. Yesterday, he (sort of) apologized. “I also recognize that my job, one of my jobs as Governor, is to clearly communicate to people what I’m thinking, every time I open ...

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