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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Martin Luther King Jr. said more than 35 words

Popular Information: “Martin Luther King Jr. wrote several books, delivered hundreds of speeches and sermons, and produced a massive quantity of documents and correspondence. The King Papers, a collection of King’s writings and published by the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, spans 14 volumes, each about 750 pages…”

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Striking findings from 2021

Pew – “…here are some of Pew Research Center’s most striking research findings from the past year. These 15 findings cover subjects ranging from extreme weather to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing demographic shifts in the United States. And they represent just a small slice of the year’s full list of research publications…” Continue Reading

How democracy gets eroded – lessons from a Nixon expert

Via LLRX – How democracy gets eroded – lessons from a Nixon expert – Ken Hughes is a researcher with the Presidential Recordings Program of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Hughes argues that erosion in American democracy depends on the conspiracy theory, destructive and demonstrably false, that the 2020 election was stolen. As the… Continue Reading

ABA links pro bono lawyers with families facing deportation in 11 cities

“The American Bar Association has begun a nationwide campaign to offer legal support to families facing a new, faster deportation process in 11 U.S. cities. The ABA campaign includes a new website – Pro Bono Matters for Families Facing Deportation – that lists cases of families in those 11 cities who need representation. The website… Continue Reading

More than 1,700 congressmen once enslaved Black people

“From the founding of the United States until long after the Civil War, hundreds of the elected leaders writing the nation’s laws were current or former slaveowners. More than 1,700 people who served in the U.S. Congress in the 18th, 19th and even 20th centuries owned human beings at some point in their lives, according… Continue Reading

One Year later – 147 Republicans who voted to overturn election results

Please read, and remember this Twitter Thread by Andy Kim – Congressman for NJ’s 3rd District whom you may also recall was one of the people down on hands and knees cleaning up after the rioters and insurrections rampaged through the Capitol on January 6, 2021: “A year later, the most vivid memory I have of… Continue Reading

Free Expression in America Post-2020

Knight Foundation: “Free expression and the freedom of speech are cornerstones of American democracy. Yet the interpretation of the First Amendment continues to be a flashpoint in the 21st century as the nation debates how to apply these rights to our society.  For the 2021 “Free Expression in America Post-2020” report, Knight Foundation commissioned Ipsos… Continue Reading

The Year in Cheer 192 ways the world got better in 2021

Reasons to Be Cheerful – This is a wonderful read not least because amidst the upheavals of life in the time of COVID, individuals and groups around the world have chosen, in a myriad of ways to create change in innovative and impactful ways that benefits the lives of millions around the world. A sustainable… Continue Reading

A For-Profit Company Is Trying to Privatize as Many Public Libraries as They Can

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting – Janine Jackson interviewed librarian Caleb Nichols about defending public libraries for the December 17, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. [Caleb Nichols is a librarian as well as a writer, poet and musician, currently course reserves coordinator at Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo. His eye-opening article, “Public/Private Partnerships Are Quietly Hollowing Out… Continue Reading

1 in 3 Americans say violence against government can be justified, citing fears of political schism, pandemic

“The Post-UMD poll, coming a year after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, marks the largest share of Americans to hold that view since the question was first asked more than two decades ago. The findings represent the largest share to feel that way since the question has been asked in various polls in… Continue Reading