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Wisconsin GOP candidate proposes doing away with weekends, dismisses MLK Day, Kwanzaa

A Wisconsin GOP state senator who once attempted to eliminate a state requirement that workers be given at least one day off per week and argued public employees should be forced work on Martin Luther King Day, has thrown his hat into the ring, challenging 13-term GOP Rep. Tom Petri…

An oppressive white privileged heteronormative look at Suey Park’s SQUIRREL! interview

Yesterday morning I sat down at  ‘the place where the magic happens‘ (my desk) fully intending to write about the #CancelColbert nothing-burger that gripped America for a 72-hour news cycle before the country moved on to discussing more important things like waffle tacos at Taco Bell and Bruce Jenner plastic…

Franklin Graham: When I say gays can’t adopt, but they can recruit, I’m just loving the sinner

Franklin Graham compared his stance against LGBT rights to his father’s efforts to extend equal rights to black Americans. “You talk about controversy – my father stood with Martin Luther King in the early 1960s,” Graham said. “My father never worried about polls. I don’t care about them, either, and…

The Times They Are a-Changin’: Fifty years of Bob Dylan’s stark challenge to liberal complacency

The album’s anthemic title song now has an elegiac patina – but the radicalism of The Times They Are a-Changin’ still burns Fifty years ago this month the 22-year-old Bob Dylan released his third album, The Times They Are a-Changin’ – the acme and as it turned out the end…

Sarah Palin whitesplains the meaning of MLK Day to that black guy in the White House

Word-twerking reality show spokesmodel Sarah Palin woke up this morning and discovered that it was Martin Luther King Day, which she thinks is like Christmas to black people, and, since she forgot to buy presents,  she decided to give The Gift of Advice to President Barack Obama by explaining to…

Revealed: NSA spied on Martin Luther King and senators opposed to Vietnam War

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed “disreputable,” declassified documents revealed Wednesday. The six-year spying program, dubbed “Minaret,” had been exposed in the 1970s…

For unemployed black Americans, MLK ‘dream’ unfinished

Fifty years after the “dream” of racial equality invoked by Martin Luther King at the March on Washington, the reality is that African-Americans still suffer the most unemployment. Government statistics show the overall US unemployment rate stood at 7.4 percent in July. But while whites had a jobless rate of…

Remembering my time at the 1963 March on Washington

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary, we must ask: what would the Rev Martin Luther King think of Obama’s presidency?   In 1963, a teenage woman civil rights worker in Albany, Georgia, said, “If you’re not prepared to die here then you’re not facing reality”. Any of us who participated…

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…

Obama to mark 50th anniversary of MLK’s ‘dream’ speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

US President Barack Obama will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech by speaking from the same steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The August 28 event in the US capital will take place on the exact spot where King delivered his famous…

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