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

Lucas Benitez speaks to the crowd at the end of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' 200-mile march for “rights, respect and fair food” from Ft. Myers, Florida to Publix Super Markets headquarters in Lakeland, Florida in March 2013. (Photo Credit: Jacques-Jean Tiziou).
January 21, 2014 | Blog

Powerful business groups are mounting an aggressive campaign against worker advocacy groups, which have become better organized in recent years. Continue reading

A homeless man naps inside the main terminal atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)
January 21, 2014 | Blog

MSNBC’s Suzy Khimm reports that refusing to expand Medicaid inflicts a great deal of real-world damage on some of Georgia’s residents. Continue reading

MLK
January 20, 2014 | Activism

Nearly 50 years after his death it is King’s words and deeds that live on in the American memory — not that of the racists who hated him or the Black Power advocates who scorned him. Continue reading

Demonstrators protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks in Zuccotti Park in New York on Sept. 17, 2013, two years after the Occupy Wall Street protests started there. (Kyodo via AP Images)
January 17, 2014 | Blog

Members of a corporate advisory committee have given big bucks to Congress over the past ten years. Continue reading

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, workers inspect an area outside a retaining wall around storage tanks where a chemical leaked into the Elk River at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
January 17, 2014 | Blog

The former labor secretary writes that desperation for jobs is part of the reason workers vote against better safety and health regulations for fear they might drive companies out of town. Continue reading

Poverty
January 17, 2014 | Blog

The War on Poverty would have been won if years of gains hadn’t gone to those at the top. Continue reading

Scotty Macom, right, walks with his wife, Kellie, center, and his son, Koal, 2, after he voted in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Vernon Ogrodnek)
January 17, 2014 | Blog
The legislation represents the first attempt by a bipartisan group in Congress to reinstate the vital protections of the VRA that the Supreme Court took away.
The Internet Must Go
January 16, 2014 | Blog

Learn more about what this week’s federal appeals court decision upturning the FCC’s rules on net neutrality means for the Internet. Continue reading

Georgia First Moral Monday
January 15, 2014 | Activism

This week, citizens in Georgia and South Carolina protested against their states’ failure to expand Medicaid. Continue reading

Sergio Salinas
January 14, 2014 | Blog

The recent progressive turn in many American cities was far from inevitable, but shows no sign of slowing. Continue reading

Demonstrators protesting for $15/hour wages and proper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 14, 2014 | Blog

In theory, everyone agrees that the government should step in to correct market failures. It’s the politics that get in the way. Continue reading

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January 14, 2014 | Blog

Bill discusses our country’s most successful effort to cut poverty with another veteran of that fight, Peter Edelman, who is today one of the leading experts on poverty. Continue reading

Boeing Washington
January 13, 2014 | Blog

Pensions came in for a hard landing at Boeing last week, as workers at the aircraft manufacturer became the latest group to say goodbye to this long-term benefit. Continue reading

Donald Button (left) talks with other inmates March 14, 2013 at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash. The inmates, who are in solitary confinement, gather for several hours each week under a pilot program to offer them training in several areas. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny)
January 13, 2014 | Blog

Research finds that the wealthy tend to believe in “class essentialism” and are more likely to endorse retributive forms of punishment over restorative justice. Continue reading

School food service worker Alina Mendoza stands in the kitchen of Scott Elementary School in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
January 13, 2014 | Blog

A new report aims to raise awareness of the widespread economic insecurity faced by American women and their children. Continue reading

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