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myMADRE Link Roundup: Raising Our Voices and Creating Solutions

What we’ve written, read, listened to, remembered, watched and been inspired by this month. [View the story “myMADRE Link Roundup: Raising Our Voices and Creating Solutions” on Storify]

We Must Honor the Legacy of Selma Foot Soldiers by Repairing What They Fought For

In an important moment of bipartisanship, Congress unanimously passed a bill this month that honors the thousands of people who marched for voting rights 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama, with the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor. Show More Summary

‘Perfect Surveillance,’ Says Edward Snowden, Could Have Snuffed Out the LGBT Movement. He’s Right.

Edward Snowden recently pointed out how the victories of the LGBT movement in this country might never have happened if the government had the ability to conduct “perfect surveillance.” For decades, LGBT people had to fight officialShow More Summary

From Edie to Jim – Love at the Supreme Court

“You did it, honey.” That is what Edie Windsor imagined her late spouse, Thea Spyer, would have said after their love story brought down the core of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor. Edie and Thea did do it. Show More Summary

The ‘Family-Friendly’ Myths of Family Detention Facilities

Inside the family detention facilities in Karnes County and Dilley, Texas, hundreds of women wait, wondering what the English-only documents say, whether anyone will help them present their asylum cases, and how to care for their children...Show More Summary

WTF Friday, 2/27/2015

I’m not sure why I’m bothering, given that the entire internet is occupied with dress-related content today, BUT: Someone is wrong on the internet about the International Criminal Court, and I simply cannot let that pass. The individual in question is … Continue reading ?

Court of Appeal rules on police duty to suspects in detention – Diarmuid Laffan

Zenati v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another [2015] EWCA Civ 80 – read judgment Matthew Donmall appeared for the Crown Prosecution Service in this case. He had nothing to do with the writing of this post. In a recent judgment, the Court of Appeal held that where a criminal suspect is remanded […]

What’s Special about the US “Special Envoy” for LGBT Rights?

On Monday, February 23, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Randy Berry as the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons worldwide. Amnesty International joined other rights groups last summer … Please continue reading.

Atlantic Surging, Virginia Sinking

This article appears in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.   S tanding at the Elizabeth River looking at the Naval Shipyard and neighboring Portsmouth, the climate change carnage looming over Norfolk, Virginia, may not be immediately noticeable. Show More Summary

Life Underground: Ukraine's Child Crisis

2015 has not been kind to the children of eastern Ukraine. The region’s children face a growing humanitarian crisis.

Scott Walker Panders to Republican Party's Lunatic Wing

  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, center, talks to reporters at the conclusion of the opening session of the National Governors Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, February 21, 2015. I 'm no fan of John McCain's...Show More Summary

National Security and the 2016 Election

  (Photo: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv) Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Israel in November 2012.   This article originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Y ou may recall a campus slogan from another era, "Hey, hey. Show More Summary

He Whose Name Shall Not Be Written

  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) The Israeli prime minister speaks to his Likud party members during a campaign event near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, February 9, 2015. T he French author Georges Perec earned peculiar literary distinction by...Show More Summary

You Can't Believe Your Eyes

Eyewitness misidentification is a leading factor in wrongful convictions -- according to the Innocence Project, more than 75 percent of DNA exonerations involved cases of eyewitness misidentification. In what the Innocence Project called a landmark ruling earlier this week, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart J. Show More Summary

'Selma' and 'The Birth of a Nation': A Tale of Two Films, 100 Years Apart

T his year marks the 100th anniversary of D. W. Griffith’s infamous and influential film The Birth of a Nation. This anniversary is more significant than simply marking how far we have come since a time when joining the Ku Klux Klan...Show More Summary

After a Decade's Fight for Net Neutrality, Huge Win for Free Speech Online

The people have spoken. And, today, the Federal Communications Commission listened. A majority of FCC commissioners voted in favor of historically strong open Internet rules. It appears they have done what the ACLU and other free speech...Show More Summary

How Does the Federal Government Handle Prosecutions of Police Officers?

Should we take the Department of Justice's word on how federal prosecutions of police officers are being conducted and resolved, or do we need to see the data? After a police officer is accused of a crime and the Department of Justice...Show More Summary

New Mom Who Needed to Pump During Bar Exam Would Not Take 'No' for an Answer

Late last year, Shahzeen Karim, an Illinois attorney and applicant to the Texas bar, tweeted: "Real time: Told TX #barexam will not accommodate me nursing/pumping my baby, due Feb 7th. Option? Pump in bathroom during break for 3 days." Needless...Show More Summary

Chelsea Manning Fights for Her Right to Exist. She Shouldn't Have To

We shouldn't have to keep defending our right to exist. From inside the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year prison sentence, that is precisely what convicted Wikileaker Chelsea...Show More Summary

This Secret Domestic Surveillance Program Is About to Get Pulled Out of the Shadows

The federal government will have to produce information on a vast and secret domestic surveillance program and defend the program's legality in open court. That's the result of a decision issued Friday by the federal judge presidingShow More Summary

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