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DOJ Is Investigating Whether U.S. Payoffs to Iraqi Officials Opened the Door for ISIS

The Department of Justice is investigating a military contracting company, Sallyport Global Services, to find out if it played a role in the alleged bribery of Iraqi government officials in exchange for exclusive contracts that cost American taxpayers billions. But even the Feds may not realize the depth of the suspected corruption. An investigation by the independent Government Accountability Project for The Daily Beast raises...

Officers Accused of Abuses are Leading Chicago Police's “Implicit Bias” Training Program

SERGIO HERRERA, A Chicago police officer, was accused in a 2010 lawsuit of teaming up with another officer to mace and beat a black man for no reason. The man was sitting in his parked car when Herrera’s colleague approached the vehicle. As the man went to retrieve his identification, the officer told him to “cuff up,” at which point Herrera entered the fray, spraying...

Black History Now: Black LGBTQ+ Aiding In The Resistance

Black people for centuries have said if you want something done, you have to do it yourself. While many Black LGBTQ+voices continue to be targeted and silenced in popular queer spaces, some have made it their life’s work to follow in the footsteps of those who have come before us. By speaking truth to power, these Black LGBTQ+ activists are reminding us that the only...

Trump Administration ‘Rolling Back Women’s Rights by 50 Years’ by Changing Definitions of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Donald Trump’s decision to change definitions of domestic violence and sexual assault has rolled back women’s rights by half a century, campaigners have warned. The Trump administration quietly changed the definition of both domestic violence and sexual assault back in April but the move has only just surfaced. The change could have significant repercussions for millions of victims of gender-based violence. The Trump Justice Department’s...

The Military Targets Youth for Recruitment, Especially at Poor Schools

Since its inception, the United States military has recruited teenagers to enlist. During the Revolutionary War, when the military was formally established , young men were encouraged to fight for their country voluntarily. During the Civil War, conscription — essentially mandatory military enrollment for men of a certain age — was implemented, initially targeting men age 21 to 30. The draft was later expanded to...

San Antonio’s Fuerza Unida Celebrates 29 Years of Fighting Back, Empowering the Voiceless

In January 1990, hundreds of garment workers arrived at the Levi Strauss plant on South Zarzamora as they had for years, ready for the day’s tasks. They were told to gather for a message from management. It turned out to be the last thing an employee wants to hear: the plant was shutting down. The workers, many Mexican American women who lived on the South...

Supreme Court Allows Transgender Military Ban to go Into Effect

The Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump's transgender military ban to go into effect on Tuesday, dealing a blow to LGBT activists who call the ban cruel and irrational. In an unsigned 5-4 order, the justices took no stance on the legality of the ban, first proposed in a surprise tweet by Trump in 2017, but Tuesday's action clears the way for it to take...

America Loves to Praise Martin Luther King Jr. But We Ignore His Message

The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday takes on added significance this year, on what would have been a special birthday for the iconic civil rights leader. On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 90 years old. Of course, King did not even live to reach middle age, being cut down by an assassin's bullet while standing on the balcony...

In 2019, Let’s Resolve to Organize With Love in the Face of Apocalypse

This is a time to let love guide each step, but it doesn’t seem like that. It seems like time to obsess over how bad it all is. It’s really bad. It’s a hard time for those who have to think in terms of short-term conditions — of surviving deportation, prison, attacks on our personhood . Watching a caravan of displaced people approach our border,...

New York Law Now Allows Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates

NEW YORK — New York City residents have a new option for denoting gender on their birth certificates: gender "X." A law allowing the choice of "X'' took effect Tuesday. The measure passed in 2018. It allows people to change their birth certificates to "X'' by attesting that it reflects their "true gender identity." Parents also can choose "X'' for newborns. New York City is...

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