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Obama Calls on Congress to ‘Ban the Box’ on Criminal Records

President Obama's directive to delay inquiries into criminal records could move the government closer to outlawing disclosure of past felonies as a prerequisite for employment.

President Obama’s directive to delay inquiries into criminal records could move the government closer to outlawing disclosure of past felonies as a prerequisite for employment.

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Hunger Strike at Texas Detention Center Swells Into the Hundreds (Updated)

Cristina Parker, immigration programs director for Grassroots Leadership, speaking at a rally to end family detention on May 2 in Dilley, Texas

The strike at a Texas immigrant detention facility has swelled to almost 500 since last Wednesday, according to Grassroots Leadership, an organization that forms part of a larger umbrella group known as Texans United for Families.

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Black Women: Always at the Forefront of Change

It is not enough for Black women to use our votes to elect people who promise to include our issues in their platforms. In the future, ​as leaders in reproductive health-care policy debates,​ we will hold them accountable for their actions.

It is not enough for Black women to use our votes to elect people who promise to include our issues in their platforms. In the future, ​as leaders in reproductive health-care policy debates,​ we will hold them accountable for their actions.

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Million Man March Calls to End Police Brutality, Native Americans Call to Abolish Columbus Day

On Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman speaks with Larry Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress, and Gyasi Ross, author, speaker, and member of the Blackfeet Nation, to discuss the Million Man March, this year themed “Justice or Else!” as well as the call to change Columbus Day into a day honoring Native Americans.

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PBS NewsHour: Does Where You Grow Up Matter?

Earlier this week, award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault spoke with Raj Chetty, a visiting professor at Harvard University, about the negative outcomes of living in an under-resourced neighborhood. The interview was conducted as part of a new PBS NewsHour series, called Race Matters, that will “feature experts on race relations and their proposals for how to address race-fueled issues.”

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We Trust Black Women to Stand Up, Speak Out, and Lead

SisterSong and our partners and allies are committed to trusting Black women, telling the truth about our lives, and demanding that decision makers either stand with us or get out of the way.

SisterSong and our partners and allies are committed to trusting Black women, telling the truth about our lives, and demanding that decision makers either stand with us or get out of the way.

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Celebrating Baltimore and Black Ebullience

A marching band playing at Artscape 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, held last month.

The plight of the Black community, in Baltimore and elsewhere, should not overshadow the vibrancy and resilience of Black people.

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How False Narratives of Margaret Sanger Are Being Used to Shame Black Women

Anti-choicers wield misattributed and often outright false quotes about Sanger as weapons to shame Black women for exercising their right to choose, and even more nonsensically, to shame them for supporting Planned Parenthood.

Anti-choicers wield misattributed and often outright false quotes about Sanger as weapons to shame Black women for exercising their right to choose, and even more nonsensically, to shame them for supporting Planned Parenthood.

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One Year Later: Reflections on the Ferguson Uprising

This weekend I won’t be enjoying a lazy summer day at home. I’ll be participating in United We Fight with thousands of people to uphold my commitment to this movement for Black lives. It’s been a year since the Ferguson Uprising, and I’m woke.

This weekend I won’t be enjoying a lazy summer day at home. I’ll be participating in United We Fight with thousands of people to uphold my commitment to this movement for Black lives. It’s been a year since the Ferguson Uprising, and I’m woke.

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Sandra Bland in Her Own Words

In the media, Sandra Bland’s views and political beliefs have been overshadowed by the one police encounter that ended in her death, and by her alleged suicide. We have not been given a rounded view of who she really was, which can be found, among other places, in the 29 #SandySpeaks videos she left behind.

In the media, Sandra Bland’s views and political beliefs have been overshadowed by the one police encounter that ended in her death, and by her alleged suicide. We have not been given a rounded view of who she really was, which can be found, among other places, in the 29 #SandySpeaks videos she left behind.

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