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How Do You Measure Persecution?

July 22, 2015by Sebastian Kraus, Ellen Riotte
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The Confederate Flag and the Power of Racial Narrative

July 29, 2015 | by Donysha Smith

Symbols of racism galvanize those who would defend a defenseless past.

The Failed U.S. Transparency Law That’s Killing Angola’s Economy

July 21, 2015 | by Elias Isaac

Little has changed in the five years since the Dodd-Frank financial reform law was passed to stop elites in faraway countries from looting public treasuries.

A U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Strengthens Rights of Pretrial Detainees

July 16, 2015 | by Marina Ilminska

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June has reinforced the principle that the authorities must protect prisoners in pretrial detention from the threat of violence.

The Power of a Second Chance

July 14, 2015 | by Nkechi Taifa

Those convicted of low-level, nonviolent offenses are not the only people who deserve a shot at redemption.

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How Newark Held Its Police Accountable

July 10, 2015 | by Udi Ofer

Until recently, police in New Jersey’s largest city engaged in widespread civil rights violations. Today they answer to one of America's strongest civilian review boards.

The Supreme Court Rules for “We the People”

July 7, 2015 | by Erica Teasley Linnick

A judgment on redistricting affirms that citizens should pick their representatives, not the other way around.

Uber and Workers’ Rights in the New Economy

July 2, 2015 | by Jon Liss

A recent ruling that declared an Uber driver an employee of the ride-share company highlights how new economy workers are being regulated by old economy laws.

Two Years After the Voting Rights Act Was Gutted, We Need It More Than Ever

July 1, 2015 | by Julie Fernandes, Dana Paikowsky

Restoring this crucial piece of legislation is at least as important as taking down the Confederate flag.

After U.S. Equal Marriage Win, the Global Struggle Continues

June 30, 2015 | by Michael Heflin

The achievement of marriage equality in America shouldn’t obscure the fact that LGBTI people everywhere still face discrimination and violence.

Want to Stop Police Violence? Establish an Independent Investigative Institution.

June 26, 2015 | by Katalin Szarvas, Erin Neff

Civil society is attempting to take police accountability into their own hands by demanding independent investigative institutions.

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