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‘Forward Together, Not One Step Back’: Moral March Brings Out Tens of Thousands of Progressives

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber delivering the keynote speech at Saturday's Moral March.

The crowd, and the speakers, reflected a commitment to environmental and economic justice, to labor rights and immigrants’ rights, to public education. One hand-made sign summed up the spirit of the march: “I stand with so many groups here, I couldn’t pick just one.”

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When ‘He Wasn’t Convicted’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Innocent’

Dylan Farrow

When it comes to childhood sexual assault, there is a heavy thumb on the scales of justice. To trot out “but he wasn’t convicted” as definitive proof of innocence against the backdrop of this system amounts to willful ignorance.

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Transgender Activist Janet Mock on MHP: ‘Not Enough of Our Stories Are Being Told’

Melissa Harris-Perry chats with transgender activist Janet Mock about Mock’s new memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. As Mock told Harris-Perry, “For me, I just wanted to create, as Alice Walker says, the story that I didn’t have growing up.” [via Melissa Harris-Perry]

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On Buffer Zones and ‘Peaceful’ Clinic Protesters

What relatively peaceful anti-choice protesters may not understand is that their behavior is relative: They’re a physical representation of threats that have already been made, and in some cases executed, in the past and online.

What relatively peaceful anti-choice protesters may not understand is that their behavior is relative: They’re a physical representation of threats that have already been made, and in some cases executed, in the past and online.

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Human Rights Violations Caught on Camera Phones

A look at some of the most compelling citizen videos curated on the Human Rights Channel in 2013. [via UpWorthy]

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The Vatican Sex Abuse Hearing in One Word: Troubling

In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.

Based on Thursday’s UN panel, we were given additional reasons to believe that the all-male hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church must not be entrusted to come up with a program that will resolve and redress sexual crimes within its flock.

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Marlise Munoz’s Husband Sues to Stop Hospital’s ‘Cruel and Obscene’ Treatment

Marlise Munoz

The husband of the 33-year-old pregnant Texas woman who collapsed in her home just before Thanksgiving has filed suit against the hospital that refuses to take her off life support, despite her stated wishes against such treatment.

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Hospital in Marlise Munoz Case Represented by Anti-Choice Lawyer, Family to Sue (UPDATED)

Marlise Munoz's family has plans to sue for the right to take her off life support, while legal counsel for the hospital includes a local Right to Life chapter's advisory board member.

Marlise Munoz’s family has plans to sue for the right to take her off life support, while legal counsel for the hospital includes a local Right to Life chapter’s advisory board member.

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Marlise Munoz Case Shines Light on Dehumanizing ‘Pregnancy Exclusion’ Laws

Marlise Munoz and her son, Mateo.

It is hard to imagine a more absolute denial of a woman’s personhood than depriving her of the right to decide her own future, and then literally using her body without permission as an object for a fetus to grow in. Yet this is exactly what the pregnancy exclusions envision in the 31 states that have passed them.

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Did an Indian Diplomat in the United States Mistreat Her Domestic Worker?

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

At issue is a divide between the nations about how domestic workers ought to be treated.

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