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I Need Feminism Because ...
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

In a perfect world, women can choose to be whomever they want. But there is not yet a country on earth in which that is actually true. That is why we need feminism. So, #womenagai ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

The most controversial sentence I ever wrote, considering the response to it, was not about abortion, marriage equality, the wars in Vietnam or Iraq, elections, or anything to do with national or church politi ...

Is 'the Dream' Under Attack?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

The recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to gut the enforcement section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the decision of the jury in the George Zimmerman trial have left me wondering about the dream, wo ...

Moving Backward on Racial Progress
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

Once again, as happened in the 19th century, impoverished whites who should be lining up to resist predatory behavior by the moneyed class are being turned against their own best interests by race politics. ...

On Scripture: Fighting for Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 6:25am | Type: Blog

For from Istanbul to Cairo, from Rio to Raleigh, from women’s rights to gay rights to voting rights, until all are free, none are free. “If you love somebody, set them free. Free. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

The words above the Supreme Court read, “Equal Justice Under the Law.” This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words. The words above the ...

What SCOTUS Could Learn From Paula Deen
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

We can move on from the outcry over an older, white Southerner using epithets she claims to have grown up with. Deen does not make decisions for our country or for our voters. The Supreme Court does, and unfor ...

Watch the Vote: Supreme Court Effectively Kills Voting Rights Act
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:38am | Type: Blog

Blood had to flow from Edmund Pettus Bridge to prompt Congress to craft its original list, which was still largely viable. I fear blood may have to flow again before Congress and the will of the American publi ...

SCOTUS: Key Section of Voting Rights Act Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that targeted states with histories of racial discrimination, saying the formula for choosing the states subject to "preclearance" is "b ...

Voting Rights Act is an Important Moral Statement
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from Shelby County, Ala., that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional and should be struck down. These arguments are misguided. Th ...

Watch the Vote: Is the Voting Rights Act Still Needed?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

When the Supreme Court announced recently that one of the cases it would take up in this session was a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the hairs rose on the back of my neck. ...

Ohio 'Voter Fraud' Billboards a 'Perversion of Truth'
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

The word "fraud" is on billboards around Ohio. I started noticing this a few weeks ago, when I was driving through a working class African American community in Cleveland and noticed a billboard that ...

Racial Politics
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It is contrary to Christian values to use attacks on welfare to win white votes. RACE WAS THE issu ...

BREAKING: Pa. Voter ID Law Blocked
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

PA Voter ID law blocked from being enforced. A Commonwealth judge this morning blocked a Pennsylvania law requiring a photo ID to vote from being enforced in the upcoming election ...

Voting Rights, Voting Wrongs
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Faye M. Anderson State voter-suppression measures go beyond ID laws. TODAY, THE RIGHT to vote is under assaul ...

Florida: You Cannot Take Our Vote
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

As a woman I am grateful for the fact that in 1969 someone thought it might be a good idea to at least symbolically say, “Yeah, man, we’re cool with the ladies voting. We can groove with that.” But the current ...

So You Think You Can Vote?
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

This anniversary may have passed you by, but on this day in 1919, The US Senate passed the 19th Amendment. Almost seventeen months after being introduced by the House of Representatives, women were given the r ...

Are Voter-ID Laws Racist?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice More than 5 million voters could be affected by new Voter-ID laws and (coincidentally?) a disproportionate number of them are pe ...

Ash Wednesday: Restoring the Right to Vote
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics and many others will walk around with ashen crosses (or, by the end of the day, what look like indeterminate smudges) on our foreheads. Those ashes are strong symbols of core princi ...

The Red Balloon of Social Justice: Wisconsin One Year Later
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

For many months last spring, a solitary red heart balloon floated just under the dome of the Capitol. It became a gentle symbol of this powerful people’s uprising. It was on Valen ...

Just How Free?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Freedom is a word often used by politicians, economists and others in positions of power/authority as a byword for happiness. The more freedom we have, the happier we are. Whether this is actually the case, fr ...

Tom Wicker, 1926-2011
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Wicker was a meticulous reporter and a passionate advocate, so much so that he was sometimes criticized for overstepping the bounds of objectivity. I am one of those who still pre ...

Farewell to Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday at 89. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights m ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for "biblical politics." But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election? Sojourne ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

Remember Bloody Sunday by Counting the Votes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Forty-six years ago, civil rights activists in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/selma/" target="_blank">Selma, Alabama</a> began what they hoped would be a 50-mile march to the ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: A Watering Hole Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God& ...

Tea Party Protests and Taxation Without Representation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Well, it looks like some folks are coming to the District of Columbia this April 15 to protest under the "tea party" banner. Well, it looks like some folks ar ...

Glenn Beck on Martin Luther King and Gandhi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Given Glenn Beck's threat that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation-to-dialogue-stands/">"the hammer is coming,"< ...

The Police Motorcade: A Sign of Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over the past few days, I've had the privilege of representing <a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine">Sojourners magazine</a> at the annual <a title="Faith and Polit ...

MLK and the Supreme Court: Why Campaign Finance Reform is a Civil Rights Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663712345_UfZ3C"></a>This week started off by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and is ending with a ...