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  • Bree-newsome-climbs-south-carolipitol-confederate-flag-remove-1
    On June 27, Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old African-American woman, was arrested at the state Capitol after scaling the 30-foot flagpole and unhooking the Confederate flag. As police officers shouted at her to come down, Bree Newsome shimmied to the top, took the flag in her hand and said, "You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today!" Newsome recited...
    July 03, 2015 | Story
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    By Amy goodman and Denis Moynihan

    Independence Day is a fitting time to reflect on the role that grass-roots organizing for social change has played in building this nation.

    July 02, 2015 | Columns & Articles
  • Churchfire
    The FBI is launching an investigation into fires set at seven different African-American churches in seven days. So far none of the blazes have been labeled as hate crimes, but investigators say at least three fires were caused by arson. The fires began on June 21, just days after the Charleston massacre, and have occurred in six different states: Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Ohio. We are joined by Richard...
    July 02, 2015 | Story
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    To mark her 100th birthday, we pay tribute to the legendary activist and Detroit-based community organizer Grace Lee Boggs. We play an excerpt of the documentary, "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs," and revisit a 2008 Democracy Now! interview about Boggs’ work in the civil rights, Black Power, labor, environmental justice and feminist movements for seven decades.
    June 30, 2015 | Story
  • Orangeburg
    By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

    The largely unreported and forgotten Orangeburg Massacre happened Feb. 8, 1968, when students at South Carolina State University were protesting for access to the town’s only bowling alley and three young African-American men were killed.

    June 25, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
    Indiana certainly doesn’t want to be remembered for being a bastion of hatred. So why did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence legalize a new wave of intolerance by signing into law Indiana’s controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA)?
    April 02, 2015 | Columns & Articles
  • The-nation-150-anniversary-magazine-news
    The Nation magazine, the oldest news magazine in the United States, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The first issue was published on July 6, 1865 — just weeks after the end of the Civil War and three months after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Over the years, The Nation has published many of the nation’s leading dissidents, academics and activists. We broadcast an excerpt from the new documentary, "Hot...
    April 01, 2015 | Story
  • Wx-juanita-nelson-tax-resistance
    Juanita Nelson, a longtime civil rights activist, war tax resister and farmer, has died at the age of 91 in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
    March 13, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    As the nation prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we talk to historian Eric Foner about Reconstruction and the birth of a homegrown terrorist movement led by the Ku Klux Klan.
    March 11, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    As tens of thousands gather in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights marches of 1965, we go back 150 years to look at another chapter of the freedom struggle of African Americans. Between 1830 and 1860, more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reached freedom thanks to networks of anti-slavery resistance — commonly known as the underground railroad. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Columbia University...
    March 11, 2015 | Story