Social Justice


  • Civil Rights, Immigration & Human Dignity

    Civil rights, immigration, climate change, and the economy - all are connected and tied directly to the issues of justice and human rights.

    At the Sanders Institute Gathering, Dr. Jim Zogby moderated a panel on civil rights, immigration, and human dignity with Dr. Radhika Balakrishnan, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Susan Sarandon, and Ben Jealous. The panelists talked about how climate change and economic injustice are creating conflicts across the world and contributing to mass migration. This in turn has impacted several countries fostering xenophobic far-right movements. They discussed the importance of judging a country's economy, not on how large it is, but on whether it is just and meets the test of providing equal opportunity for all. And they talked about the history of the United States and how genocide against indigenous peoples, indentured servitude, slavery, and disenfranchisement defined the United States' beginning and still shapes our social and our political realities.

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  • A Letter from President Carter to The Sanders Institute Gathering

    Senior Policy Advisor for the Carter Center, Karin Ryan, reads a letter to Jane O'Meara Sanders and David Driscoll supporting the Gathering. She reads: "I send my best wishes for a successful conference. It is gratifying to know you have brought together some of the world’s eminent experts to generate new ideas and action strategies to advance human well-being… We must build a world together that rests firmly on a foundation of the enduring principles found in the Declaration of Human Rights. That every person is equal in dignity and rights and that we can face every challenge and solve the most intractable problems, as long as we stay true to this universal creed. Rosalynn joins me in sending our best wishes for success in your efforts.”

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  • The Housing Crisis

    20.8 million households pay more than 30% of their income on rent, and 11 million pay more than 50% of their income on rent.

    47.7% of renters in metropolitan areas, and 38% of renters across the U.S. experience rental burden in 2015 (latest numbers available) 

    On average, low-income families (lowest 20% of income) spend 56% of their income on rent.

    553,742 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017 

    The United States is facing a housing crisis. 

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  • Rep. Gabbard Recognized as Champion for Human Trafficking Survivors

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard received the Ho’ola Na Pua Advocacy Award on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, for her dedication to serving and empowering human trafficking survivors in Hawai‘i. 

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  • Danny Glover Tells a Story in Milwaukee

    Actor Danny Glover, speaking at America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, equates a woman from his childhood needing care to today’s society. Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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  • Facebook And The Future of Online Privacy

    The EU has taken the lead in responding to abuse by the likes of Facebook, thanks to its new privacy standards and proposed greater taxation of peddlers of online personal data. Yet more is needed and feasible.

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  • Beyond MLK: What is to be done, with Danny Glover, Nina Turner, and Eddie Conway

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  • 5 Reasons The NRA Is Wrong

    The next time you hear someone repeating pro-gun NRA propaganda, respond with these five points.

    Tags: Gun Laws, NRA, Guns
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  • To Realize Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, White America Needs To Change Course

    To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault sits down with one of his closest friends, artist and activist Harry Belafonte, who remembers how they met and what made King so special, as well as why he says America is more racially divided than any other moment in his life.

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Was A Radical. We Must Not Sterilize His Legacy

    If King were alive today, his words would threaten most of those who now sing his praises

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  • The Gun Control Debate: What Debate?

    Too often, when you raise the issue of guns in this country, it sparks highly divisive rhetoric with both sides drawing lines in the sand and pointing their arrows at each other. Caught in the middle, we see the faces and hear the voices of children who’ve witnessed the slaughter of their friends and teachers and who are crying out for action. The question is, will we hear them? Will we care enough to do something about it?

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  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes Against Bill that Undermines Civil Rights Protections for Americans with Disabilities

     “For more than 25 years, the ADA has been instrumental in expanding and protecting fair, equal opportunities for disabled Americans. H.R. 620 unravels this progress, making it easier for employers to skirt around discrimination laws and requiring people with disabilities to jump through hoops for the equal access protections to which they are entitled. I’ve heard from many community organizations in Hawai‘i that shared how this legislation would hurt our more than 210,000 disabled residents. I stand with them in strong opposition to this harmful legislation.”

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  • America Doesn’t Have More Crime Than Other Rich Countries. It Just Has More Guns.

    This article from Vox answers the question: "Why does the US have such a high rate of gun murders, by far the highest in the developed world? Is it because of guns, or is there something else going on?"

    It finds that America does not have a higher crime rate than other developed countries, the issue is that the crimes are much more lethal - "American criminals just kill more people than do their counterparts in other developed countries. And guns appear to be a big part of what makes this difference."

    Specifically, "when people have a handheld tool that is specially engineered for killing efficiently, escalation to murder becomes much, much more likely."

    Vox gun deaths per population

    Tags: Guns
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  • Mass Incarceration Imprisons More Lives Than Just Those Behind Bars

    There are over 2.2 million families in America for whom the holiday season is extremely difficult. As co-workers, fellow parishioners, friends and colleagues wish them happy holidays and inquire whether they will be getting together with family, they cringe and struggle to respond in a way that does not reveal that for them the holidays are a harsh reminder of the pain, separation and loneliness that incarceration means for them. For them, there is no holiday dinner at a nice restaurant, shopping outing for gifts, decorating a tree or attending a religious service. On New Year’s Eve they will not share a kiss at midnight or hold each other tightly. In fact, the words “Happy New Year” ring hollow and reopen the wounds of separation.

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  • Harry Belafonte Reflects on Friendship with Martin Luther King Jr

    In 1964, when they were both 37, Harry Belafonte and his friend Sidney Poitier traveled to the town of Greenwood, Miss. As the two entertainers made their journey to meet with members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, they were chased and shot at by the Ku Klux Klan. But they succeeded in their mission. They hand-delivered a doctor’s bag filled with $70,000, money collected in a series of small fundraisers, to help with the student committee’s voter registration effort.

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  • Nina Turner on the Recent Reports of Workplace Harassment

    Ahead of giving remarks at the opening night of the Women's Convention, a Women's March-organized conference held in Detroit, Michigan, Turner spoke to about channeling your "inner man" to run for office and why she thinks it's important to incorporate men in the fight against institutionalized sexism.

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  • Nina Turner at the Women's Convention

    Nina Turner is one of the most energizing, sharpest, and effective figures representing the progressive movement. At a time when Republicans are waging a class war and the Democratic Party still seems intent on ensuring that the needs of Wall Street, the health care lobby, and its corporate donors are a priority, Turner is a loud clear voice on the left who fights for Medicare For All, a $15 per hour minimum wage, and other similar policies.

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  • Nina Turner on Bernie at the Women's March, Trump's ACA Sabotage, and More

    The former Ohio State Senator and current president of Our Revolution addresses the controversy over Bernie Sanders' upcoming speech to the Women's March convention; Trump's new sabotage of Obamacare; the finale of "The Nina Turner Show," and more.

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  • USAFA Lt. Gen. Silveria Addresses Cadets About Racism Incident - Calls for Civil Discourse

    Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, addressed cadets on Thursday in a powerful speech about treating one another with “dignity and respect” after racial slurs were written outside five black cadet candidates’ dorm rooms.


    Tags: Silvera, USAFA, Racism
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  • Dr. Cornel West comments on NFL Protests on Anderson Cooper 360

    Philosophy professor at Harvard and Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute Dr. Cornel West debates Trump supporter Paris Dennard on Tuesday's edition of CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360' about the president's feud with NFL and what role race plays in the culture war. 

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