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  • Op-Ed
    It’s Time to Start Talking About The Supreme Court in the Presidential Primary   
    February 27, 2019 11:10 am | By 67501

    It’s Time to Start Talking About The Supreme Court in the Presidential Primary  

    During Stacey Abrams’ response to the president’s State of the Union address, she pointed out the need to confirm fair-minded judges to our federal courts. During the 2020 presidential primary, progressives should follow Abrams’ lead and call for 2020 presidential…

  • Op-Ed
    Stacey Abrams Starts a Conversation About One of the 2020 Primary’s Most Pressing Issues: The Supreme Court
    February 13, 2019 4:52 pm | By 28185

    Stacey Abrams Starts a Conversation About One of the 2020 Primary’s Most Pressing Issues: The Supreme Court

    This piece originally appeared on Medium. Last week, Stacey Abrams’ response to the president’s State of the Union address brilliantly laid out not just a sharp rebuttal of Donald Trump’s agenda of bigotry and division, but a powerful proactive vision…

  • Op-Ed
    What Blackface Makes Clear About the Path to Racial Justice
    February 11, 2019 2:13 pm | By 28183

    What Blackface Makes Clear About the Path to Racial Justice

    This piece was originally published on Medium. The recent revelations about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s and Attorney General Mark Herring’s history of dressing in blackface serve as an unneeded reminder that despite the Black community’s hard-won social rights, racism still…

  • Op-Ed
    Conservatives’ Dishonest Use of ‘Religious Bigotry’ To Deflect Attention From Nominee’s Disturbing Records
    January 9, 2019 2:02 pm | By 28184

    Conservatives’ Dishonest Use of ‘Religious Bigotry’ To Deflect Attention From Nominee’s Disturbing Records

    This post originally appeared on Medium. Happy New Year! Well, for most of us it should be — unless you are fighting to protect our courts. New year, same old tactic by conservatives, who are hoping to insulate narrow-minded judicial nominees from…

  • Op-Ed
    Elliot Mincberg: Conservative Supreme Court could reverse decades of First Amendment law
    January 2, 2019 5:40 pm | By 64126

    Elliot Mincberg: Conservative Supreme Court could reverse decades of First Amendment law

    Although separation of church and state is a well-established pillar of First Amendment law, with Justice Kavanagh confirmed and the Supreme Court now swinging further right, this fundamental principle is under attack. In a new op-ed published by The Hill,…

  • Op-Ed
    We’re Learning the Truth About ‘Voter Fraud’
    January 2, 2019 1:34 pm | By 28184

    We’re Learning the Truth About ‘Voter Fraud’

    There’s no moral difference between suppressing the vote through the law and literally stealing ballots. Both may have happened in North Carolina. This post originally appeared on Otherwords.org. For years, Republicans in North Carolina have tried to roll back voter…

  • Op-Ed
    It’s Our Time to Make America Great
    October 18, 2018 4:47 pm | By 28183

    It’s Our Time to Make America Great

    This post originally appeared on Medium. In late August, progressive candidate Andrew Gillum made history when he won Florida’s Democratic primary in a shocking upset to become the state’s first Black major party nominee for governor. Soon after Gillum’s win,…

  • Op-Ed
    Kavanaugh’s Testimony Further Demonstrates Why He Should Not Be Confirmed
    October 2, 2018 3:02 pm | By 28186

    Kavanaugh’s Testimony Further Demonstrates Why He Should Not Be Confirmed

    This post originally appeared on Medium. Both Republicans and Democrats deserve credit for insisting on an FBI investigation into allegation s of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That FBI investigation may not fully resolve these serious allegations,…

  • Op-Ed
    I Believe Her.
    September 28, 2018 12:07 pm | By 28188

    I Believe Her.

    I watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's moving testimony to the Judiciary Committee this morning, and I am still shaken up by it. Hearing her voice, watching her face ... She was telling the truth, and she was 100% clear on…

  • Op-Ed
    Norman Lear: The Religious Right Has Co-Opted the First Amendment
    September 4, 2018 11:40 am | By 45417, 41753

    Norman Lear: The Religious Right Has Co-Opted the First Amendment

    This piece originally appeared as a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter. It’s bad enough that the Religious Right has spent decades claiming ownership over faith, family and freedom. But now we have to watch conservative preachers and political activists…

  • Op-Ed
    Kathleen Turner: “Raise Hell” on Brett Kavanaugh
    August 21, 2018 8:49 am | By 53561

    Kathleen Turner: “Raise Hell” on Brett Kavanaugh

    The saying goes “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Affiliated PFAW Foundation Board Member and Academy Award-nominated actor Kathleen Turner has boldly embodied this motto for decades, but another feeling is sinking in: fear. Far-right Republicans have long…

  • Op-Ed
    SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Record Depicts Dangerous Conservative Judicial Activism
    August 6, 2018 9:33 am | By 62196

    SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Record Depicts Dangerous Conservative Judicial Activism

    Regardless of which court they occupy, the central quality of any judge should be impartiality. But Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s conservative ideology and judicial record indicate that rather than taking a fair-minded approach on the bench, he is…

  • Op-Ed
    Kavanaugh Misleads on Significant Cases in Responding to Senate Judiciary Committee
    July 25, 2018 4:55 pm | By 28186

    Kavanaugh Misleads on Significant Cases in Responding to Senate Judiciary Committee

    This post originally appeared on Medium. One important question on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questionnaire for Supreme Court and other judicial nominees asks them to describe the ten most significant cases they have decided. In his response to the questionnaire he submitted…

  • Op-Ed
    Hypocrisy on Freedom of Religion at the Supreme Court
    July 5, 2018 4:26 pm | By 62196

    Hypocrisy on Freedom of Religion at the Supreme Court

    In its 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the baker, asserting that a statement made by a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission about the his religious…

  • Op-Ed
    Children Belong in Their Parents’ Arms, Not Locked in Cages
    June 28, 2018 8:59 am | By 45589

    Children Belong in Their Parents’ Arms, Not Locked in Cages

    I was just 17 years old when I left my sick mother alone in Syria and immigrated to the United States to finish my education. I had already lost my father to the sectarian civil war in Iraq in 2006,…

  • Op-Ed
    Disturbing Writings from a Trump Judicial Nominee: Ryan Bounds
    June 8, 2018 11:22 am | By 53561

    Disturbing Writings from a Trump Judicial Nominee: Ryan Bounds

    In a shocking collection of writings for the Stanford Review, Ryan Bounds, Trump’s nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, reveals a deplorable disregard for the experiences of people of color, people who are LGBTQ, and victims of sexual…

  • Op-Ed
    The GOP’s Neo-Nazi Problem
    June 5, 2018 4:01 pm | By 28178

    The GOP’s Neo-Nazi Problem

    This piece was originally posted on Medium. The Republican Party has a neo-Nazi problem. At least three congressional candidates running as Republicans are doing so explicitly to promote white nationalist and anti-Semitic platforms. It’s hard to be shocked anymore, but…

  • Op-Ed
    Religious Right’s Hypocrisy: Freedom of Speech Unless You’re Pro-Choice
    May 31, 2018 10:30 am | By 53561

    Religious Right’s Hypocrisy: Freedom of Speech Unless You’re Pro-Choice

    The glaring hypocrisy of the Religious Right has been exposed again. So-called crisis pregnancy centers, or CPCs, often lie to patients to dissuade them from having an abortion. To address the public health concerns posed by CPCs’ dishonest practices, California…

  • Op-Ed
    50 Years After King’s Death, A Legacy of Youth Leadership Endures
    April 4, 2018 11:51 am | By 28187

    50 Years After King’s Death, A Legacy of Youth Leadership Endures

    This post originally appeared on Medium. It was fifty years ago this week when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at just 39 years old, cutting short the life of one of the most visible and important civil rights…

  • Op-Ed
    GOP Wants to Flood Politics with Dark Money Using Hidden “Policy Riders”
    March 20, 2018 4:46 pm | By 28189

    GOP Wants to Flood Politics with Dark Money Using Hidden “Policy Riders”

    Campaign finance reform was once a bipartisan issue. With Koch money flooding into the GOP, those days are gone This post originally appeared in Salon. The rising tide of political spending that has swamped Washington in the wake of Citizens United and…