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

House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, during the committee's hearing on organizations that say they were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service while seeking tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
March 16, 2014 | Blog

He insists not, but the author of Dog Whistle Politics hopes he’s learned his lesson. Continue reading

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March 14, 2014 | Blog

States are considering laws that prevent private companies from photographing license plates. The companies are pushing back. Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren kicks off the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign in Washington, DC. March 6, 2014. (Image: Generation Progress/Layla Zaidane)
March 13, 2014 | Activism

A broad coalition of unions and progressive groups is trying to start a revolution in education. Continue reading

Student Debt
March 13, 2014 | Blog

Poor families are bearing a greater burden of rising college costs than those from wealthier families, according to a new analysis of federal education cost data. Continue reading

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
March 13, 2014 | Blog

The history of the phrase ‘inner city’ seems to buttress assertions that it comes with racial connotations. Continue reading

Demonstrators protesting for $15/hour wages and proper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 12, 2014 | Blog

HuffPo compares the realities people at the lower end of the labor market face with Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) rhetoric about the joys of being a fry chef. Continue reading

Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren talks with supporters at the J & M Diner in Framingham, Mass. September 2011. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
March 11, 2014 | Blog

America now ranks 98th in the world for percentage of women in its national legislature. Could policies in Europe help America close the gap? Continue reading

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March 10, 2014 | Blog

Watch highlight clips from Bill’s interview with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López on the origins of dog whistle politics and how it may be used in future elections. Continue reading

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March 9, 2014 | Activism

After struggling for weeks to comply with the Texas anti-choice law, the last abortion clinics of East Texas and the Rio Grande Valley are closing. Continue reading

Pedro Rodriguez, right, talks with Andrus Reyes as they participate in a demonstration on a Burger King parking lot as part of a nationwide protest supporting higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum wage jobs in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
March 7, 2014 | Blog

The idea is popular, so low-wage employers have come up with a number of red herrings. Continue reading

John McCain, Barack Obama
March 7, 2014 | Blog

In this book excerpt, Ian Haney López explains why — for conservatives — alleging that they’ve been called racist is a good strategy. Continue reading

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March 7, 2014 | Blog

Twenty-six years after the infamous Willie Horton ad, race-based politics blocked Debo Adegbile’s passage to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. Continue reading

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March 7, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Bill continues his conversation with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López about how politicians use strategic racism to win votes. Watch part one. Continue reading

Roosevelt
March 7, 2014 | Blog

In considering his second term legacy, the historian writes that President Obama would do well to take notes from FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights” speech. Continue reading

A guard looks on at right as prisoners move through the state prison Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Jackson, Ga. Conservative legislators who once heralded strict three-strikes laws and other tough measures that led to bloated prisons are now considering what was once deemed unthinkable: Reducing sentences for some drug and non-violent offenders. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 6, 2014 | Blog

Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander explains what’s really behind America’s system of mass incarceration. Continue reading

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