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

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

In this Feb. 28, 2014 photo, Students from City School in Grand Blanc test the strength of their small, handmade boats at the Sloan Museum, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Samuel Wilson)
April 2, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Bill continues his conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the privatization of public education. (Watch part I of the interview.) Continue reading

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. (Photo: Dale Robbins)
April 2, 2014

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, talks to Bill about food workers fight for a living wage. Watch the full show now » Continue reading

Supreme Court Justices, from left, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan applaud State of the Union Address,12 Feb 2013 (Rex Features via AP Images)
April 2, 2014 | Blog

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the ruling “creates huge loopholes in the law” and “undermines, perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Continue reading

For rent sign stands sentry outside an existing home on the market in the Country Club area southeast of downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 2, 2014 | Blog

Seeing a profitable opening in the wake of the foreclosure crisis, investment groups have worked diligently to bring a “rentership society” into being. Continue reading

Voting Machines
April 1, 2014 | News & Notes

The Working Families Party slams Albany for its failure to overhaul New York’s system of election funding, calling it a “lost opportunity.” Continue reading

Obama and Pope Francis
April 1, 2014 | Blog

The “Nuns on the Bus” leader reflects on the significance of the recent meeting of the pontiff and the president at the Vatican. Continue reading

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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

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March 29, 2014 | Blog

A prerequisite for any adult conversation is telling the truth. The congressman falls monumentally short there. Continue reading

Diane Ravitch
March 28, 2014 | Blog

We asked education historian Diane Ravitch what she hopes people will do after watching this week’s show. Here’s what she had to say. Continue reading

In this photo taken Nov. 23, 2009, Lisa Zilligen, 28, serves lunch to her three children, Miles, 20 months, Olivia 6, left, and Danielle, 8, in her home in Chicago. Zilligen, a single mother and full-time student at Loyola University has been getting food stamps for the past several months; sometimes the allotment runs out before the end of the month and the family ends up visiting a food pantry. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
March 28, 2014 | Blog

Single moms and absentee dads are not the problem. And going to college does not mean you’ll escape the poverty trap. Continue reading

Thousands rally in support of charter schools outside the Capitol in Albany, NY, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)
March 28, 2014 | Moyers & Company

After following the money trail behind the charter school movement, Diane Ravitch — a former assistant secretary of education who once advocated for charters — changed her mind. Continue reading

Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg
March 28, 2014 | Blog

In an excerpt from her book Reign of Error, Diane Ravitch reveals the individuals and corporations behind education reform movement. Continue reading

Diane Ravitch
March 28, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Preeminent education historian and public school advocate Diane Ravitch talks to Bill this week about the private sellout of public schools. Continue reading

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March 27, 2014 | Blog

A new report says that for decades, New York State schools have been more segregated for blacks than any Southern state. Continue reading

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