Education, News, Rights

Native American student in trouble for wearing Mohawk?


Administrators at the Santa Clara, Utah, elementary school (named, ironically, Arrowhead), got a very public education in Native American tradition after deeming young Jakobe Sanden’s haircut “a distraction” and notifying his parents that the boy would have to get it cut or leave school.

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Government & Politics, News, Rights

Supreme Court may effectively kill abortion in red states

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The Court could say that the Texas restrictions on abortion are undue burdens, a huge win for pro-choice advocates. But an even greater victory would be to say that Texas (and other states) actually have to prove their restrictions are beneficial. That would be an amazing decision. Of course, the Court could just as easily rule that the Texas restrictions are just fine and effectively kill abortion in red states.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Rights

How to create an all-white jury with one simple trick

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It is illegal for attorneys to choose (or not choose) jurors based on race. It’s been illegal for them to do it for a long, long time. So we’ve created a way for attorneys to illegally discriminate legally.

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Business, Money, Rights

Can you be fired for revealing your pay?

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Fewer things are of greater concern than one’s paycheck, especially during these times of stagnant wages. So if being paid adequately is important, why be squeamish about talking with co-workers about it? Maybe because you’re afraid you might lose your job if you did?

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Healthcare, Rights

“Right-to-die” laws force some to stay alive

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Californians finally have the option to seek assistance in choosing to end their lives: the state passed a right-to-die law called the End of Life Option Act in this November’s election. But as big a step as this is, the law leaves much to be desired.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Freedom, Rights

Is justice for sale?

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When author Harper Lee, in To Kill A Mockingbird, had Atticus Finch argue that courts “are the great levelers, and it’s in the courts that all men are created equal,” she was describing an idealized world we have still not realized.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Government & Politics, Rights

What it’s like to defend a death penalty case

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Why would anyone, especially someone struggling to pay off sizeable student debt, choose to defend a person who much of society considers a “monster”? What’s it really like to be a death penalty lawyer?

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Children, Divorce, Family, Rights

Is “fathers’ rights” just another term for misogyny?

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One strain of the fathers’ rights movement seeks greater custody rights for divorced dads and increased maternal child-support responsibilities when the divorced mom is employed. But there is an angrier, more strident side to the fathers’ rights movement espoused by men’s rights activists (MRAs), rooted in reactionary dialog about gender roles and the declining power of men in general.

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Government & Politics, News, Rights

Will this new bill in the Senate make pot legal?

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On March 10, 2015, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act to the United States Senate. This landmark act is the first comprehensive medical marijuana legalization legislation introduced in the Senate. Why is a bill promoting federal legalization getting consideration from a Republican-led Congress? Is this not the party that started the “war” on drugs to begin with?

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How to keep your tailgate party legal


Fall brings cozy sweaters, brilliant foliage, football games—and of course, tailgate parties. Sports fans across the nation gather in parking lots to enjoy food, fellowship, and more than a fair share of alcohol. If you’re planning your next tailgate—whether it’s for a pee-wee game or that big NFL match-up—proceed with caution: you just may be breaking the law.

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