Social Change

In the famous words of Frederick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” History proves Douglass right — meaningful change in America has been initiated by activists and dissenters who demanded it. Bill Moyers has examined dissent and social change throughout his career, using stories of the abolition, suffrage, labor and populist movements to frame continuing, contemporary fights for human rights, including civil and voting rights, and women’s and gay rights.

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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

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

An illustrative 1996 cover story urges Bill Clinton to sign welfare reform in The New Republic.
March 6, 2014 | Blog

Princeton political scientist Martin Gilens explains how the media and longstanding racial stereotypes impact anti-poverty policy. Continue reading

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March 5, 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 I. Continue reading

Kay Hohler, of West Des Moines, Iowa, sings the national anthem before the start of a Tea Party rally on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse, Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 5, 2014 | Blog

Harvard scholar Theda Skocpol says that rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. Continue reading

Nearly 100 confiscated illegal firearms rests on a table before a press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
March 4, 2014 | Connecting the Dots

Having won the debate about Americans’ right to bear arms, the lobby now pushes for a society with more guns. Continue reading

Students march toward the White House, where 400 will be arrested protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Photo: John Light)
March 4, 2014 | Activism

About a thousand students gathered outside the White House Sunday, some submitting to arrest, to urge President Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline. Continue reading

Thousands of people march through through downtown Raleigh, N.C. in what organizers describe as a "Mass Moral March" near the State Capitol building Saturday Feb. 8, 2014. Nearly 200 organizations are joining the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the "Moral March on Raleigh," a new name for the "Historic Thousands on Jones Street," as it was originally called. Jones Street referred to the street where the Legislative Building stands and the usual terminus of the march. Advocates are angry about bills Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law, including the refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law; a reduction in unemployment benefits; an elections-overhaul law that requires photo identification to vote in person; the elimination of the earned income tax credit; and taxpayer-funded grants for low-income children to attend private K-12 schools. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)
March 3, 2014 | Activism

Carolina Jews for Justice is mobilizing the Jewish minority across the state to join the Moral Mondays campaign to challenge the Republican takeover of the legislature. Continue reading

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., responds during the Des Moines Register Republican Presidential Debate in Johnston, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 1, 2014 | Blog

Dog whistle politics have served Republicans well. But with shifting demographics, they may be an albatross around the party’s neck. Continue reading

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Updated March 4, 2014 | Blog

Adolph Reed, Jr.’s essay — and subsequent discussion with Bill — has kicked off a much-needed conversation. Continue reading

Protesters form a wall of signs at the Occupy Portland camp in downtown Portland, Ore. October 2011. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
February 28, 2014 | Blog

The Left needs to remove its self-imposed limitations and unleash its imagination and courage. Continue reading

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February 28, 2014 | Blog

The GOP’s Southern Strategy has yielded some success, but ultimately race is just a single variable. Continue reading

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February 27, 2014 | Blog
One doesn't think much about suspended driver's licenses, but one lawmaker says they can have a snowball effect.
President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before his departure on Marine One helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a visit with veterans who are being treated at the hospital and their families. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 27, 2014 | Blog

Five years into the Obama administration, “Thou Shalt Not” has become “Thou Shalt”. Continue reading

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February 27, 2014 | Perspectives

We need to take collective ownership of our fight for a cleaner, more equitable planet before it’s too late. Continue reading

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