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Stonewall riots: The beginning of the LGBT movement

This Sunday, June 28, will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the event largely regarded as a catalyst for the LGBT movement for civil rights in the United States. At the time, there were not many places where people could be openly gay. New York had laws prohibiting homosexuality in public, and private businesses and gay establishments were regularly raided and shut down.

Take me out to the ball game

CHICAGO – In our fourth annual outing, 50 friends and allies here raised $500 for our favorite publication, People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo, by way of rooting for the city’s Southside team, the White Sox, at its June 8 game. The Sox went up against the Detroit Tigers who are currently in first place in the Central Division.

Civil rights groups urge 'huge groundswell' to end predatory lending

Black, Latino, and Native American Indian leaders at an online briefing on the “racial wealth gap” said it will take a tidal wave of public pressure to win passage of legislation outlawing predatory lending and other discriminatory practices in the face of opposition from the banking lobby.

Howard Dean endorses Josh Skaller for N.Y. City Council

BROOKLYN, N.Y.— Howard Dean, founder of Democracy for America and Democratic National Committee Chair Emeritus, gave an enthusiastic endorsement to City Council candidate Josh Skaller, saying that “we need people who are going to be on the streets all the time listening to ordinary people.”

Magic defeat Lakers in NBA game 3

The Orlando Magic was still in the game on Tuesday after beating the Los Angeles Lakers at Amway Arena in the NBA finals game three. The score was 108-104 cutting the deficit in their best-of-seven series to 2-1.

City of Baltimore charges Wells Fargo with racist lending practices

Charges of premeditated racist discrimination by the nation's top banks were given additional boost by the city of Baltimore which filed affidavits recently in a suit against Well Fargo for steering minorities to purchase sub-prime loans. Similar suits have been filed in several states including Texas, Tennessee and California and by the the NAACP alleging racial bias in predatory lending. The case was initially presented last January. The complaint runs some 825 pages.

Julian Bond testifies in support of immigration rights of same-sex couples

Julian Bond, NAACP chairman, testified yesterday in support of the Uniting American Families Act before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would give gay and lesbian U.S. citizens and permanent residents the right to sponsor their foreign-born permanent partners for legal residency in the U.S. The act does not provide any other benefits and all other immigration requirements must be met.

Death Row inmate Troy Davis denied opportunity to prove innocence

Congressional leaders and civil rights groups are calling for intervention in the case of Troy Davis, who currently sits on death row in Georgia for a murder he may not have committed.

Congress to cap interest rates on consumer loans

Congress is considering passing a bill that will cap interest rates on consumer loans at 36 percent to prevent lenders from taking advantage of people who rely on these kinds of loans to meet basic needs or to cover unexpected expenses, like car repairs or vital medical procedures, many of whom are minorities and low-income people.

A common person's guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

On May 21st, following months of work, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA), a 932-page piece of climate legislation. There have been mixed reactions from environmental and climate groups, but most groups are in agreement that it needs to be strengthened going forward. For some groups the problems they see with the bill have led to their public withdrawal of support. These groups include Greenpeace USA, Public Citizen and Friends of the Earth. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network also does not support the bill in current form.

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