Civil Rights

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Updated (9:12 PM EDT) : Under pressure from a court order and amid worries over public outrage over the sheer brutality of the incident and why it took so long to do so (see below), Chicago officials on Tuesday evening released dash cam footage of the 2014 fatal shooting of seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke who...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
House Speaker Paul Ryan, joined by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, left, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill, Nov. 17, 2015, following a GOP strategy session. (Photo: AP)
The xenophobic rhetoric that erupted on the state level in the U.S. in the...
Jon Queally, staff writer
The U.S. Department of Education on Monday made what the ACLU described as a "...


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.