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In this July 29, 2013, file photo, demonstrators in support of fast food workers march towards a McDonald's as they demand higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation in New York's Union Square. Labor leaders are getting more creative _ and some say more desperate _ in trying to boost their sagging numbers. Unions are helping non-union fast food workers around the country hold strikes to protest low wages and poor working conditions. They are organizing home day care workers, university graduate students and even newly legalized marijuana dealers.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 29, 2014 | Blog

Two House Democrats plan to introduce a bill tomorrow that would make labor organizing a basic freedom no different than freedom from racial discrimination. Continue reading

President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcasts his annual message to Congress, Jan. 11, 1944, in Washington. The president topped a five-point victory program with a recommendation for national service legislation to make all able-bodied adults available for the war effort. (AP Photo)
July 29, 2014 | Perspectives

For more than 200 years, American exceptionalism was the idea of liberals and progressives. It was an idea about what America could be, should be and, if we act on it, would be. Continue reading

Lyndon Johnson at a Democratic rally in New York
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

The author of Dog Whistle Politics argues that naturalistic assumptions about race mislead liberals in their effort to fathom race’s astringent power, shifting the focus from social dynamics to inherited essences.
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Ruby Dee in a 1984 Moyers show.
June 12, 2014 | Blog

In this clip from 1984, Ruby Dee, who died today, talks about the ongoing racism that “trampled our self-esteem and numbed hope.” Continue reading

Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill, April 11, 1968
May 21, 2014 | Connecting the Dots

Despite the Fair Housing Act, levels of residential segregation have barely budged in many of the large metropolitan areas where most African-Americans live. Here’s why. Continue reading

Virginia Civil RIghts Memorial
May 17, 2014 | Activism

The stories of the people behind the landmark decision sixty years ago are even more compelling than the ruling itself. One of them was a schoolgirl named Barbara Rose Johns. Continue reading

Artist drawing of terror suspect Hamid Hayat, second from left, sits with with unidentified translator, far left, attorney Wazhma Mojaddidi, second from right, and attorney Johnny Griffin, right, in a federal court in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Joan Lynch)
May 8, 2014 | Activism

The case of Hamid Hayat was emblematic of zealous prosecutors building flimsy cases during a time of national panic. Continue reading

April 15, 2014 | Activism

The legendary activist had ideas we should remember today. Continue reading

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April 4, 2014 | Blog

A roundup of some of the stories we’re reading at Moyers & Company HQ… Continue reading

March 31, 2014 | Blog

Young black children make up almost half of all out-of-school suspensions for preschoolers, leaving them with the unacceptable message that their behavior is more deserving of punishment. Continue reading

Second grade student Kaign Groce, 7, reads a book Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, during a literacy class at the John Fenwick Elementary School in Salem, N.J. New state data show fourth-graders in poor districts like Salem have been making big strides on standardized test. Officials say the progress is because of overhauled teaching methods in lower grades.(AP Photo/ Jose F. Moreno)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

The DOE’s comprehensive civil rights survey revealed this and several other disturbing stats about racial inequality in our public schools.
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A Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
March 6, 2014 | Blog

A roundup of some of the stories we’re reading at Moyers & Company HQ… Continue reading

In Butler, Pa. people pass the signs telling of the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID to vote as they head into the the Penndot Drivers License Center. September 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
January 21, 2014 | Blog

A Pennsylvania judged ruled that the state’s voter ID law infringes on the right to vote and exposed the problems with the law. Continue reading

January 3, 2014

From the Birmingham march to the present-day “Moral Mondays” fight in North Carolina, Bob Zellner has fought for civil rights despite threats from his grandfather, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Continue reading

A crowd gathers at a press conference and rally in front of Manhattan federal court  to vocalize their objection to the stop and frisk policy by the police Department Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
December 26, 2013 | Blog

New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s pledge to end “unconstitutional” stop-and-frisk may fall far short of the rhetoric. Continue reading

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