Civil Rights

Common Dreams staff
The highest court in Arkansas has struck down a restrictive voter ID law passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature, calling the measure 'unconstitutional.' The Associated Press reports : The high court noted the Arkansas Constitution lists specific requirements to vote: that a person be a citizen of both the U.S. and Arkansas, be at...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Protesters outside police headquarter in central Hong Kong on Wednesday as they railed against video footage of a prominent pro-democracy activist who was beaten on Tuesday.  Local reports indicate the people were able effectively "lockdown" the building. (Photo: via Twitter / @HongKongHermit)
After an hour-long stand-off in front of police headquarters in Hong Kong,...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
As hundreds of protesters marched to the steps of the Ferguson police station...


Change Happens (If Much Too Slowly) Dept: Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) tweeted out his long-ago, self-assured mugshot today to commemorate his 1961 release from a Mississippi prison where he served 37 days for "disorderly conduct," aka daring to use a bathroom labelled "white." A leader of the Selma to Montgomery March, the tireless Lewis has been arrested over 40 times fighting for civil rights - he calls it "good or necessary trouble" - for which we thank him.