Tag: Civil Rights and Liberties

Poland’s Attacks on Rule of Law Leave Europe at Odds With Itself

BRUSSELS — The European Union is facing a growing challenge from Poland that is pitting its own institutions against each other and leaving member states divided: What to do when a member repeatedly violates rules agreed on by the bloc’s 27 countries, but shows no intention of leaving? For years, European Union officials and leaders […]

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Video Shows Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputy Slamming Black Woman to the Ground

The video is short but harrowing. The camera lens quickly zooms past a car and focuses on the scene behind it: A sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana, who towers over a small Black woman, is slamming her onto the ground. The woman is lying on her back, and the deputy is hunched over her. He is […]

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Literary Freedom as an Essential Human Right

“The freedom to write”: PEN America’s always resonant motto has a special resonance for Black authors, because for so many of them, that freedom was one they fought hard for. “Liberation” and “literacy” were inextricable. “For the horrors of the American Negro’s life there has been almost no language,” as James Baldwin once noted. Recall, […]

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How the Young Lords Changed Public Health Care

The Young Lords took over Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx on July 14, 1970. Their demand? Accessible, quality health care for all. Oct. 12, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET Read in app By Emma Francis-Snyder Ms. Francis-Snyder is a documentary filmmaker. On July 14, 1970, members of the Young Lords occupied Lincoln Hospital in the South […]

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The Broad Uses of Disability Rights Protections

Disability legal protections are similarly flexible. When the Supreme Court issued a series of opinions restricting the definition of disability, leaving many people with less obvious impairments out of the scope of nondiscrimination law, advocates convinced Congress to pass the A.D.A. Amendments Act of 2008. The law ensured the A.D…’s definition of disability was interpreted […]

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Marilyn Golden, Effective Voice for the Disabled, Dies at 67

Marilyn Golden was a college student on a summer backpacking trip in Switzerland when she fell from a tree after a rotting limb snapped. Her back was broken. She spent two years of rehabilitation at Houston Medical Center and had used a wheelchair ever since. “I got radicalized, in a general sense, after I got […]

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