Civil Rights

Immigration Debate: How DC Can Move the Conversation Forward

Immigration Debate: How DC Can Move the Conversation Forward

April 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

WASHINGTON POST 04/10/13 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner On Wednesday, thousands of immigrants, documented and undocumented, will gather in Washington, D.C. to rally for comprehensive immigration reform, hoping to tip the scales of Congressional bipartisan support. The city’s Mayor Vince C. Gray (D), if he chooses, will have an […]

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Rand Paul’s Filibuster Gives Civil Liberties A Rare Washington Moment

Rand Paul’s Filibuster Gives Civil Liberties A Rare Washington Moment

March 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

BUZZFEED 03/06/13 By Rosie Gray WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s hours-long, multi-senator filibuster of John Brennan’s CIA director nomination has accomplished a rare feat: questions about targeted killing and the drone program have vaulted from the fringes to the forefront of Washington conversation, and it’s lasted nearly an entire […]

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Missing the Mark on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at MLK Avenue

Missing the Mark on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at MLK Avenue

February 4, 2013 at 1:51 am

WASHINGTON POST 02/04/13 By Michael Shank As Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated last month with community service ads and intimations in President Obama’s inauguration speech, I wondered, as I do every year, how the nation can commemorate a leader so disingenuously. We will likely do the same during […]

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‘Lincoln’: Where was Frederick Douglass?

‘Lincoln’: Where was Frederick Douglass?

November 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

WASHINGTON POST 11/28/12 By Michael Shank There is much to laud in the recently released film “Lincoln,” and Participant Media, which produced the film, points a principled way forward for fellow filmmakers, and their audiences, who care about social action.  Participant Media is relatively new to Hollywood, but it has […]

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GOP, Follow Stevens’ Example

GOP, Follow Stevens’ Example

November 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER 11/28/12 By Michael Shank Will Pennsylvania ever produce another Republican leader on par with Thaddeus Stevens (“‘Lincoln’ lays bare messy reality of process,” Sunday)? Stevens’ adamant promotion of equality and opportunity contrasts starkly with the present state GOP. Whether it is the voter-ID law that would disproportionately impact […]

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We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

November 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

FOX NEWS 11/24/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013 he […]

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‘Free Speech’ on the DC Metro

‘Free Speech’ on the DC Metro

October 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

AL JAZEERA 10/09/12 By Michael Shank If someone got physically violent on the Metro in Washington, DC, they would get kicked off the train or bus. Similarly, if someone indecently exposed him or herself (as noted in the new Metro ads threatening action against indecent exposure) or yelled incendiary, racist […]

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We Must Make Anti-Bullying a Mainstream Message

We Must Make Anti-Bullying a Mainstream Message

August 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

THE HILL 08/09/12 By Michael Shank On the heels of the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Education is hosting its Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit this week, which is fortuitously timed and desperately needed. Without question, the Sikh temple shooter, Wade Michael Page, a self-proclaimed skinhead, […]

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