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Students and parents boycott Chicago schools to protest new city budget

A group of about 200 Chicago Public Schools students and parents boycotted classes on Wednesday before holding a protest march toward City Hall, in an activist gesture designed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. WBBM-TV reported that the march was also held to call attention…

Cornel West: Market-driven culture has destroyed virtue

The failure of civil rights leaders to address “Wall Street criminality” illustrates how money has corrupted American culture, according to Professor Cornel West. At book launching event on August 24 following the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, West condemned mainstream civil rights leaders for ignoring many the deeper issues affecting…

Iraq War veteran and his service dog kicked out of restaurant by defiant owner

A 21-year Air Force and Iraq War veteran has gone public with his complaint against a Massachusetts restaurant owner after both he and his service dog were barred from the eatery because of the owner’s allegations the dog is not legitimate. WFXT-TV reported on Sunday that James Glaser and his…

Watch: Wisconsin Capitol police tackle man for photographing progressive protest

A photographer and activist was aggressively arrested at the Wisconsin Capitol on Monday during a daily singalong protest. Video of the incident uploaded to YouTube showed two police officers approaching Damon Terrell, who can be heard saying, “This is not illegal.” As Terrell backed away, one of the officers grabbed…

MLK on NBC in ’63: ‘The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of anemic democracy’

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins sat with a panel of reporters on Meet the Press. NBC broadcast the show three days before King delivered the historic “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington. In retrospect, the questions…

WATCH LIVE: 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Martin Luther King, III, Rev. Al Sharpton, and others gather five decades after Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, mounting the same steps at the Lincoln Memorial to lead the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Watch a live…

Prisoner hunger striker demands end to indefinite detention in Pelican Bay’s supermax cells

Lawyers for a hunger-striking prisoner in Pelican Bay released audio describing the demands of the remaining hunger strikers protesting indefinite solitary confinement in the California prison. Todd Ashker, a prisoner sentenced to life for killing an inmate, has been imprisoned in the “supermax” solitary confinement cells of Pelican Bay for…

Watch: Obama heckled over sentencing of Chelsea Manning

President Barack Obama was interrupted by protesters on Thursday night amid a speech on college affordability. While Obama was speaking in Syracuse, New York, two woman began shouting at him. One of the women held up a giant “Free Bradley Manning” sign. Both women were escorted out of the event.…

Copenhagen to launch new high-tech bike-sharing program to fight increased traffic and pollution

For the next generation of bike-sharing innovations, take a look at Copenhagen and smile. Trains and a bike-sharing program working as one travel option now offer a GPS built into the bike. Not only do you know where…  …

‘This was a safe haven’: Chicago schoolhouse demolished despite community opposition

Supporters of a Chicago community schoolhouse were arrested Saturday morning while protesting the facility’s demolition, as residents vowed to continue pressuring city leaders to live up to financial commitments. WMAQ-TV reported that 10 people were arrested following the demolition of La Casita, as the informal community center was known. Chicago…

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