Social Issues

  • Brother Ali leads social justice rally at Capitol
    "We're gathering in this place to affirm the reality that racial justice is not a fringe issue. It's not a special interest. It's at the core of who we are," Brother Ali said.March 5, 2014
  • President Obama is the 'deporter in chief,' Latino activist charges
    The nation's largest Latino advocacy organization is taking its gloves off against one of its traditional allies. National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia will call President Obama the "deporter-in-chief" during the organization's annual Capital Awards dinner on Tuesday.March 5, 2014
  • US general facing sex charges heads to trial
    While denying that accusation, lawyers for the married father of two have said he carried on a three-year extramarital affair with the junior officer during war tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The admission of an affair will almost certainly end his Army career.March 4, 2014
  • Minnesota gun carry permits nearly doubled in 2013, data show
    The big year-to-year jump may be a statistical quirk, since 2013 was a big renewal year. Still, some of the increases were partly reactions to events in the news.February 28, 2014
  • ACLU tries to block Wis. ban on same-sex marriage
    The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Wisconsin's gay marriage ban while the organization's lawsuit challenging the prohibition continues.February 28, 2014
  • Tiny houses help address country's homeless problem
    There's a growing effort across the country from advocates and religious groups to build compact buildings because they are cheaper than a traditional large-scale shelter, help the recipients socially because they are built in communal settings and are environmentally friendly due to their size.February 26, 2014
  • Older Americans' breakups are causing a 'graying' divorce trend
    For baby boomers, divorce has almost become, like marriage, another rite of passage. The post-World War II generation is setting new records for divorce: Americans over 50 are twice as likely to get divorced as people of that age were 20 years ago. But just because it's more common, doesn't mean it's not still painful.February 25, 2014
  • With Nets, Jason Collins will be NBA's first openly gay player
    Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday, and is expected to be in uniform against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. It will be his first NBA game since coming out as gay in a Sports Illustrated article in May. He became a free agent after the 2012-2013 season and remained unsigned.February 24, 2014
  • For abused Native American women, new law provides a 'ray of hope'
    This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice. For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, that situation is changing.February 21, 2014
  • Georgia clears the road for Confederate-themed license plate
    "We believe that all people ought to be able to celebrate their history and their heritage, and that includes Southerners," says Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Ray McBerry. "We did anticipate that there could be some folks who would not like that, but we encourage them to go and make application for their own specialty plates."February 21, 2014
  • Olympics to transform Rio
    Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known.February 17, 2014
  • Judge denies motion to block archbishop's deposition, release of priests' names
    "There is no persuasive legal or factual basis for Defendants' motions and they are, in part, premature," District Court Judge John B. Van de North, Jr. said in his ruling.February 16, 2014
  • Out of the closet and onto the football field
    Scott Cooper talks about his experience being an openly gay football player at Augsburg College, and about Michael Sam, who's likely to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.The Daily Circuit, February 14, 2014
  • Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
    U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia will still not be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved. Both sides believe the case won't be settled until the Supreme Court decides to hear it or one like it.February 14, 2014
  • Maybe the NFL is ready for a gay player
    Stefan Fatsis, the NPR sports commentator, is suggesting bad journalism has created the message that the NFL isn't ready for a gay player.February 13, 2014

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