Civil Rights

Rev. Joseph Echols Lowery

Rev. Joseph Echols Lowery (1921-2020)

Civil Rights leader Rev. Joseph Echols Lowery died at home, surrounded by his daughters, on Friday, March 27, at the age of 98. He did not put down his sword until his last day. It was Rev. Lowery who agreed to have Helen Butler, the Executive Director of his organization, the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, join me as a co-plaintiff in our successful federal suit against Georgia’s GOP Sec. of State, now Governor, Brian Kemp. Sadly, this is

Alev Ha-Shalom, Brother Greg

Dick Gregory was a HUGE influence on my work and writings – that ability to take the darkest side of America and destroy the killers and Klansman with the deadly bullet of humor. Even while wilting from hunger (he would eat no solid food until the US left Vietnam)

Bernie new to Civil Rights?!?!?!

Bernie new to Civil Rights?!?!?! He ran John Lewis’ SNCC office in Chicago – leading the critical fight for economic rights with Martin Luther King. If you’d read Ted Rall’s bio ”Bernie” as I told you to

Scalia's Black Beemer

It was one of our team’s weirder investigative discoveries: The recently departed Justice Antonin Scalia – alev ha shalom – in 2011, was ticketed for recklessly driving his black BMW. To his family, I offer condolences. To my readers, I offer the facts

Dispatch from Battleground North Carolina

[Greensboro, NC] Jim Crow has risen from the crypt of Segregation.  But now he’s working as Dr. James Crow, database expert.  Read Greg Palast’s Election Day dispatch from Dixie, for Al Jazeera

Steal Back Your Vote

A lot of advice we’re getting from our progressive friends is to take photos of your ballot and silly stuff like that. Well, that’s all about how to complain after they steal it. I have a better idea: Win, don’t whine. #1: Gang Vote Arrive… 

They Don't Call it The "White" House for Nothing

Bush at the NAACP Convention
God lost this time. I counted: Bush mentioned God only six times in his speech to the NAACP today. The winner was ‘faith' — which got seven mentions, though if you count “The Creator” as God, well, then the Lord tied it.
Coming in right behind God and Faith, other big mentions in the First Home Boy's rap included: The Voting Rights Act, his family's “commitment to civil rights,” the “death tax,” rebuilding New Orleans and “public school choice” and “soft bigotry.”
As the philosopher Aretha Franklin once said, “Who's zoomin' who?”
Let's take it one point at a time.

Voting Rights Act Nailed To Burning Cross

Behind the “Delay” in Renewing Law is Scheme for Theft of '08
White Sheets Changed for Spreadsheets

The Guardian (Guardian Title of Article: Democracy in Chains)
m 7593 1 2[New York] Don't kid yourself. The Republican Party's decision yesterday to “delay” the renewal of the Voting Rights Act has not a darn thing to do with objections of the Republican's White Sheets Caucus.
Complaints by a couple of Good Ol' Boys to legislation has never stopped the GOP leadership from rolling over dissenters.

Spies and Lies: Steal Your Data, Steal Your Vote

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Drum Major Blog
There are kooks and cranks and crazies among you who think that George Bush lost the 2004 election. For example, there's an audio blog going around with TV star Larry David reading a story called,”Kerry Won,” a chapter in a book called, Armed Madhouse. I know, because I wrote it.
How you go about jerry-rigging a democracy has a lot to do with two other, seemingly unrelated stories, in the news this week: illegal surveillance of our phone records and the new border war against immigrants.

Jim Crow Returns to The Voting Booth

Does America Have An Apartheid Vote-Counting System?
by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Greg Palast
The inaugural confetti has been swept away and with it, the last quarrel over who really won the presidential election.
But there is still unfinished business that can’t be swept away. After taking his oath, the president called for a “concerted effort to promote democracy.” The president should begin with the United States.