Equality

Despite its birth as a nation conceived in principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the struggle for equality in America has remained a disturbing constant in our history. Bill Moyers’ body of work addresses the fights for equality in race, gender and sexual orientation, and against the economic injustice that finds half of our citizens living at poverty level or worse. With the shows, specials, essays and talks below, see how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go.

EXPLORE Equality

Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Baines Johnson
April 10, 2014 | Blog

As a young special assistant to Lyndon Johnson, Bill was a witness to the cooperation between Martin Luther King Jr. and the president that led to the Act’s passage. Continue reading

Kshama Sawant speak at a March 15, 2013, "March for $15" rally in Seattle. (Image: Flickr/ Shannon Kringen)
April 10, 2014 | Activism

Kshama Sawant is shaking up the city’s political establishment — and making all the right enemies in her campaign for a living wage. Continue reading

Harvey KayePREVIEWCROPPED
April 9, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Historian Harvey J. Kaye talks to Bill about why FDR’s “Four Freedoms” — freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion — are more important now than ever. Continue reading

Saru Jayaraman
April 8, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Watch clips from Bill’s interview with the activist fighting the National Restaurant Association to get wages beyond their current level of $2.13 per hour. Continue reading

book cover
April 8, 2014 | Blog

His award winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is one of the most banned books in America. Continue reading

In this April 30, 2012 file photo, Lilly Ledbetter, left, speaks in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
April 8, 2014 | Blog

Even those who deny its existence acknowledge that it’s a reality. Continue reading

Gender gap as Uni applications rise
April 8, 2014

President Obama is set to sign two executive orders to help narrow the pay gap between men and women. Here’s why there is much more work to be done. Continue reading

Walt Disney word, minnie mouse, disney characters, vacation
April 7, 2014 | Activism

Paid sick days leave everyone healthier and happier (except maybe a few corporations). Continue reading

Red and blue state map, based on returns in last four presidential elections. (Wikimedia Commons/ Angr)
April 7, 2014 | Blog

The rate of uninsured is now about 50 percent higher in states that refused to expand Medicaid. Continue reading

women protesting for sick days
April 4, 2014 | Blog

The vast majority of restaurants across the country pressure their employees to work while sick or injured, writes activist Saru Jayaraman in this book excerpt. Continue reading

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts waves after giving the commencement address on Friday, May 24, 2013, at LaLumiere School in LaPorte, Ind. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, James Brosher)
April 4, 2014 | Blog

It’s time to wipe out the dark money, and force those wealthy few to stand behind their positions. Continue reading

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. (Photo: Dale Robbins)
April 4, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Did you know the federal minimum wage for millions of restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour? Advocate Saru Jayaraman says that’s not only unfair but unsafe. Continue reading

protestimageAJUSTED
April 4, 2014 | News & Notes

The inability of Washington to raise the minimum wage is a prime example of how elite donor dominance impacts real-world policymaking. Continue reading

Waitress in restaurant
April 3, 2014 | Blog

Tell us what you think: What’s wrong with the way restaurant workers are treated and compensated? Continue reading

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. on Aug. 6, 1965 upon signing the Voting Rights Act. Credit: Yoichi R. Okamoto, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
April 3, 2014 | Blog

The same people who favor unlimited secret money in US elections are the ones funding the effort to make it harder for people to vote. Continue reading

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