Opinion

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Is right-wing extremism the new norm?

You've probably seen or heard of protests against the affordable health care act, against raising the minimum wage, against marriage equality, and more than anything against stronger gun laws.

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Ted Cruz, Jesse Helms vs. the people, the vote

Voting rights are a foundation for the realization of justice, equality, and freedom for everyone in our world and in our lives.

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Taking the long view on fight for freedom

As one of 250,000 who attended the 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," I had to come to Washington, Aug. 24, to be a part of the 50th anniversary march.

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A meditation on race

The killing of Trayvon Martin, the trial of George Zimmerman, and the public discourse in the aftermath of the verdict have awakened memories I had frankly put in the old news pile of my mind.

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Civil rights 2013: a cautionary tale from Alabama

In July of 1963, I was preparing for my senior year at Nashville's Pearl High School. For me, news about the civil rights movement became an unsettling blend of darkest tragedies and heady victories.

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Three generations march on Washington

I'm very proud that my father and uncle, Joe and Dennis Mora, were both at the 1963 March on Washington, one of many demonstrations and activities they participated in during the civil rights heyday.

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March on Washington - right place to be in 1963 and 2013

It's 50 years later but we still have to march. We're marching for Trayvon. We're marching for voting rights - still!

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Justice for Trayvon Martin

After the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's admitted killer George Zimmerman, America found itself confronting the long-standing flaw in the democratic promise of "justice for all": race and racism.

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Supreme racism tramples democracy in voting rights

The 30-year project of the Republicans and ultra-conservatives to crush civil rights took a qualitative leap forward when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a 5-4 decision announced on June 25.

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Paula Deen shows racism has not gone away

Over the past few weeks Paula Deen has gone from so-called celebrity chef to national pariah - and rightfully so.

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