Human Rights

Law and Order: Special Interests Unit

January 10, 2006 - Not long ago, it was Corporate America -- not political figures like Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff (who made contact with White House folks 200 times in the first 10 months of the Bush era) -- that was awash in scandal.

President Bush pardons two Tennessee moonshiners

By R. Neal
December 22, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal No, seriously. One of the former moonshiners said he was surprised by the pardon but that he's looking forward to voting and buying a gun. The other said he could "almost be a Republican" after receiving the pardon from Bush.

Hampton students are free

December 6, 2005 - We reported last week on Hampton University (Virginia), a historically black college where students were rounded up by police and faced expulsion for holding a peaceful demonstration.

"Handled very poorly"

December 3, 2005 - That's one way to describe what happened to Reginald Pitts, a black customer who tried to buy materials for his roofing company at a Tampa-area Wal-Mart. Store managers held him for two hours for check forgery, but it took police only 19 minutes to realize he'd done nothing wrong:

Alito, abortion and the South

November 2, 2005 - If news coverage is any indication, it seems abortion is shaping up to be a key focal point -- and maybe the focal point -- of the Supreme Court confirm I'm hearing from progressives who think this single-issue focus is a bad idea. There are lots of ration battle over Judge Samuel Alito.

How Big Energy did Georgia

October 31, 2005 - As consumers ponder reports that Big Energy may be "forced" to drive up heating costs this winter, here's a story of what one utility did with the money another time they jacked up prices. From yesterday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

381 days

October 26, 2005 - Charlie Cobb, a key organizer in the civil rights movement who conceived the idea of "freedom schools" to bring real education to dispossessed black children in Mississippi, sent these short thoughts on the importance of Rosa Parks:

Another Tulia in Texas

October 24, 2005 - The latest Austin Chronicle has an eye-opening expose about race, the drug war, and Lone Star justice in a rural Jackson County, Texas, home of the small town of Edna: