Abercrombie Goes to the Supreme Court over Religious Discrimination

Can wearing a hijab lose you a job? At Abercrombie it can.Imagine your boss telling you to take off your cross necklace or go home. Or wearing your religious headscarf to an interview and having it cost you the job. Would you be angry? For one Muslim woman, the issue was serious enough to take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. (more…)

Could Michael Brown’s Story Change Police in America?

What could change after the Michael Brown protests?

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For the residents of Ferguson, Missouri, this has been a week of protests, riots, and violence. Outrage over the death of 18 year old Michael Brown has caused nightly clashes with police. The President and the Department of Justice have even gotten involved. But when the tear gas settles, will anything actually change? (more…)

TODAY: Michigan Rallies for Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality Rallies in Michigan TodayThe Michigan Marriage Equality case will be heard tomorrow in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. But even if you can’t get to Cincinnati, you can still show your support at one of the rallies behind held around the state this evening. (more…)

Why Hobby Lobby Is Bigger (And Smaller) Than You Think

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?The Supreme Court’s latest decision has flooded social media. But praise and objections often don’t show what actually happened. So what does Hobby Lobby really mean, anyway? (more…)

Running For Office Before She Can Vote?

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Voters in Charleston, West Virginia, are going to have an interesting choice on their ballots: 17-year-old Saira Blair. Ms. Blair recently won the GOP primary for the 59th District of the House of Delegates, a district that has been predicted to swing conservative in November. But can she run for office before she can vote? (more…)

Michigan Gay Marriage Ban Declared Unconstitutional

Michigan Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down as UnconstitutionalThe day that many Michigan residents have been waiting for has arrived. On March 21, 2014, after an 8 day trial, Federal District Court Judge Bernard Friedman (a Reagan appointee) has declared the Michigan Marriage Act (MMA) unconstitutional. While the effect of the decision was stayed by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on March 22, 2014, the opinion itself will be difficult to overturn. (more…)

A Field Guide to Grassroots Anti-Bullying Advocacy

How to Stop Bullying in Your SchoolBullying has been a hot topic for years. In 2011, President Obama began a nationwide campaign to end bullying in schools. And yet, the issue is still in the news. Last November, Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin left the team because of the abusive environment. Whether in the schools, the locker rooms, or the workplace, harassment is a serious problem best addressed at the local level. (more…)

Are Bloggers Entitled to Freedom of the Press?

Are Bloggers Entitled to Freedom of the Press?Where do you get your news? The newspaper, television, or an online news website? What about a blog or an opinion website? A debate has been brewing over whether bloggers and other online writers should be entitled to legal protections traditionally given to members of the press. Recently, one Court of Appeals ruled that it doesn’t matter, at least when it comes to defamation cases. (more…)

Department of Education Does a 180 on Zero Tolerance

School HallwayIn a recent announcement, the United States Departments of Education and Justice called on schools to cut back on suspensions and expulsions they once encouraged. Their requests are backed with the threat of Departmental investigations into districts whose policies negatively impact minorities. But what prompted the change? (more…)