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Tavis Smiley rails against the ‘blinders of greed’: Poverty a societal crisis

With reports of poverty reaching its highest level since 1965, CBS News contributor Tavis Smiley on Sunday compared the growing wealth inequality to slavery in the United States. “Throughout American history there have been proud moments of revolution that forced the elite to remove their blinders of greed, tyranny and…

White Baptist church in Mississippi bans black wedding

A black couple in Crystal Springs, Mississippi says that a predominantly white Baptist church refused to let them get married because of their race. Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson told WLBT that the day before they were to be married, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs informed them…

Wisc. Rep. Mark Pocan: ALEC is feeling the heat

Wisconsin state Rep. Mark Pocan (D), who attended American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting, said Thursday that the organization was definitely “feeling the pressure” of liberal and progressive groups. “They’re really feeling the heat of their corporate members who are feeling the heat because of this bad legislation that…

Mother of killed son urges peace amid unrest in Anaheim

On Wednesday, the mother of a man who was shot to death by police officers pleaded for peace after the shooting sparked days of unrest in Anaheim, California. “To the public, to the citizens of Ana drive, we want to thank you all for your support,” Genevieve Huizar said. “We…

Tony Perkins: Google’s pro-LGBT campaign will ‘search and destroy’ values

The leader of an anti-LGBT Christian think tank on Monday warned that search engine giant Google should be ready for “blow back” over their “Legalize Love” campaign, which targets countries that have anti-homosexuality laws. “Thanks to a new campaign, Google’s approach to traditional values is to search — and destroy,”…

California police fire into crowd of women and children during near-riot

Update: Protesters storm lobby of Anaheim police on Sunday A near-riot broke out in Anaheim, California on Saturday after a police shooting left one man dead and angry witnesses began throwing bottles at police offers. Police responded by firing bean bags and rubber bullets into a crowd of terrified women…

Chris Hedges: America’s devastated ‘sacrifice zones’ are the future for all of us

Journalist and activist Chris Hedges appeared Friday on Moyers & Company to talk about the conclusions of his latest book. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is dedicated to investigating the most exploited and impoverished places in America, places that he says are “virtually off the radar screen in terms…

Science guy Bill Nye endorses President Obama

Children’s television host Bill Nye, better known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” has formally endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection in 2012. Appearing at a press conference this week with Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) at the Seacoast Science Center, Nye told a reporter for Foster’s Daily Democrat that the…

Florida cops taser man three times after stopping him for jaywalking

Police in Casselberry, Florida tasered and handcuffed a man after he refused to produce identification when they stopped him for jaywalking, according to the Daily Mail. Officers tasered Zikomo Peurifoy three ties before cuffing him and taking him into custody, but rather than apologize for using violence against a non-violent…

Democracy Now! pays tribute to Woody Guthrie on his 100th birthday

On “Democracy Now!” this week, hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales celebrated the centennial of the “Dust Bowl Troubadour,” Woody Guthrie, who was born on July 14, 1912. Guthrie was a transformative figure in American music, bringing American folk songs and the music of working class America into the mainstream,…

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