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Today in labor history: King writes famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

On April 16, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., imprisoned in Alabama for protesting segregation, wrote his powerful and eloquent answer to criticisms of him, the civil rights movement and its nonviolent direct action tactics.

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"Immigration Myths vs. Facts" available for download

Download your copy of "Immigration Myths vs. Facts" and share with friends the fight for immigrant rights and justice for all.

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Suit filed to stop Michigan's emergency manager law

What is happening in Michigan "is a threat to everyone in this nation," said Al Sharpton. "If you get away with it in Detroit, you can get away with it all over the nation."

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New York City elections hold promise of change

During the last 20 years of the Giuliani and then Bloomberg administrations, the living standards of the 99 percent have steadily declined, while the wealth of the 1 percent has risen.

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Service employees: Reform must include concerns of black immigrants

Judith Howell has a message for Congress: Pass comprehensive immigration reform and don't forget or brush aside the concerns of immigrants and their descendants who happen to be black.

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Doctors link childhood trauma, poverty with gun violence

Chicago has become the national spotlight for gun violence, especially affecting African American teenagers and children.

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Today in women's history: Long live Fannie Lou Hamer

On this day in 1977 Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer passed away.

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Today in women's history: Lucy Parsons died

Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons, a working-class leader and spouse of one of the Haymarket martyrs, died March 7, 1942 in Chicago.

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New Yorkers celebrate Black History Month

NEW YORK - It was a standing room only audience rejoicing at the wonderful program of song, poetry and inspiring speeches at the "We're Not Going Back" Black History event at Unity Center here.

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The war in Newark, 1967

I sat for two hours copying word for word the reports of the gunshot wounds that ultimately killed 26 people in Newark. Most of them died from gunshot wounds in the back.

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