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Obama Puts the Brakes on Guant√°namo

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Just hours after being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing military prosecutors to seek a 120-day delay of all military tribunals at a U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. According to a court document (PDF), Obama will use that time … Read More

Categories: Human Rights, News

Holder Vows to End Politicization of Civil Rights Division

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder Jr. vowed to end the politicization of the Civil Rights Division within the Justice Department if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. “The attempt to politicize the department will not be tolerated should I become attorney general of the United States,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his January 15 confirmation … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, News

Wade Henderson and Shiloh Baptist Church Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 19, 2009

On Saturday morning, several hundred parishioners and guests gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for bacon, eggs, and celebration.   The prayer breakfast, organized by the Brotherhood of Shiloh Men, is an annual event held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the cause for celebration was extended to the … Read More

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King’s Economic Justice Vision

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was as committed to economic justice as he was to ending segregation.  And yet, Dr. King’s speeches on economic justice and eradicating poverty are still not as well known as his speeches on racial discrimination.  These speeches, about helping the poorest Americans, regardless of race, speak to problems … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, News

House Approves Expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Friday, January 16, 2009

On January 14, the U.S. House of Representatives voted (289-139) to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover an additional four million uninsured children. SCHIP provides health insurance for low-income children from families who are not covered by private insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid. It currently helps states … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, News