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August 15, 2014 | Blog

More than 90 cities around the country took to the streets on Thursday to protest the police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Continue reading

A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around him Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)
August 14, 2014 | Blog

A roundup of some key articles about Ferguson, and the militarization of American policing. Continue reading

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August 14, 2014 | Perspectives

A school superintendent in a rural Virginia community writes about the challenges facing teachers and administrators in poor districts. Continue reading

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August 14, 2014 | Perspectives

Despite its high minimum wage, San Francisco has the second-highest rate of income inequality among major US cities. Continue reading

Mary Anne Grady Flores was recently sentenced to one year in prison after protesting at Hancock Air Base in New York. (Courtesy of The Nuclear Resister)
August 13, 2014 | Perspectives

Grady Flores’ one-year sentence is the result of a strange legal sleight of hand that positions the Hancock Air Base commander, Col. Earl A. Evans, as the victim of protests. 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
August 13, 2014 | Blog

To mark the 49th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, civil rights advocates are asking members of Congress to strengthen the law’s core protection. Continue reading

Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for "Artie T." Arthur T. Demoulas, the former chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves, says he wants to buy the entire company. (AP Photo)
August 12, 2014 | Perspectives

In recent weeks, the managers, employees and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets have banded together to support a CEO who put them first — and was ousted for it. 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
August 10, 2014 | Perspectives

For the first time in nearly 50 years, Americans will go to the polls without a key protection under the Voting Rights Act. Congress must act to ensure every citizen can freely cast a ballot. Continue reading

Walgreens pharmacy at Times Square, New York
August 7, 2014 | Blog

Following pressure from activists groups and the Obama administration, the drugstore chain has said it will not move overseas. Continue reading

this Aug. 23, 1964 file photo, Bruce Solomon, of the Brooklyn borough of New York, teaches a class for young black students about arts, African American history and rights at a "Freedom School" in Jackson, Miss.
August 6, 2014 | Perspectives

How armies of lawyers are now fighting to preserve the Voting Rights Act, which turned 49 today. Continue reading

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August 5, 2014 | Blog

The order to delete the article came from NewsOne‘s parent company, a business partner to Comcast. The reason? They didn’t like what it said. Continue reading

Joseph Papp at the Delacorte Theater construction site in 1961. Credit: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
August 2, 2014 | Blog

Thanks to Joe Papp, over five million people have enjoyed more than 100 free productions of Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theater in New York City’s Central Park. Continue reading

US Senate candidate, Thom Tillis, speaks with media on May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Abbi O'Leary)
August 1, 2014 | Blog

Environmentalists view the coal ash bill supported by Thom Tillis as a step backwards in the regulation of toxic coal waste. Continue reading

In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers and recruiters meet during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 1, 2014 | Perspectives

A subsidized jobs program that created 20,000 jobs around the Commonwealth shows that such initiatives can be a win both for those struggling for work and for employers. Continue reading

Protesters rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Several hundred fast-food workers and other low-wage employees from around New York gathered to pressure lawmakers to raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10.10 an hour and let local cities raise it even higher. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
July 31, 2014 | Blog

Today’s economy doesn’t contain a lot of good news for working people, yet the last few days have seen some notable gains. Continue reading

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