Young boy attending Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 28th Aug 1963.
HH:  I wonder where the little boy is 50 years later?  

Young boy attending Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 28th Aug 1963.

HH:  I wonder where the little boy is 50 years later?  

Judge rules against Arizona sheriff in racial profiling suit - Yahoo! News

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday found hardline Arizona lawman Joe Arpaiohad violated theconstitutional rightsof Latino drivers in his crackdown onillegal immigration, and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.

The ruling against theMaricopa County sheriff came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers that tested whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling Hispanic citizens and legal residents.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snowruled that the sheriff’s policies violated the drivers’ constitutional rights and ordered his office to cease using race or ancestry as a grounds to stop, detain or hold occupants of vehicles - some of them in crime sweeps dubbed “saturation patrols.”

“The great weight of the evidence is that all types of saturation patrols at issue in this case incorporated race as a consideration into their operations,” Snow said in a written ruling.

He added that race had factored into which vehicles the deputies decided to stop, and into who they decided to investigate for immigration violations.The suit contended that Arpaio, who styles himself “America’s toughest sheriff,” and his officers violated the constitutional rights of both U.S. citizens and legal immigrants alike in their zeal to crack down on people they believe to be in the country illegally.

In testimony during the non-jury trial last year, Arpaio said he was against racial profiling and denied his office arrested people because of the color of their skin.The sheriff, who won re-election to a sixth term in office in November, has been a lightning rod for controversy over his aggressive enforcement of immigration laws in the state, which borders Mexico, as well as an investigation into the validity of President Barack Obama’s U.S. birth certificate.

The suit was brought against Arpaio and his office on behalf of five Hispanic drivers who say they were stopped by deputies because of their ethnicity, which Arpaio denied.The plaintiffs, which include the Somos America immigrants’ rights coalition and all Latino drivers stopped by the sheriff’s office since 2007, were seeking corrective action but not monetary damages.

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rainbow-colored lights illuminated City Hall in San Francisco on Wednesday evening after the United States Supreme Court ruled on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The court handed significant victories to gay rights advocates in both cases, but fell short of issuing a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.  
— Reuters

Rainbow-colored lights illuminated City Hall in San Francisco on Wednesday evening after the United States Supreme Court ruled on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The court handed significant victories to gay rights advocates in both cases, but fell short of issuing a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.  

— Reuters

Same Sex Marriage to have Supreme Court Review
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is taking a potentially historic look at same-sex marriage by agreeing to hear two cases that challenge governments’ different treatment of gay Americans.
The focus in one case is California’s constitutional amendment that forbids same-sex marriage. The other case deals with a federal law that denies to those who can marry legally the right to obtain federal benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples.
Supreme Court cases often take twists and turns that limit the scope of the eventual decision. But the justices’ action on Friday gives them the chance to say whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.
The court is embarked on what could be its most significant term involving civil rights in decades. In the area of racial discrimination, the justices already have agreed to decide cases on affirmative action in admission to college and a key part of the Voting Rights Act. The gay marriage cases probably will be argued in March and decisions in all the court’s cases are likely by the end of June.
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Same Sex Marriage to have Supreme Court Review

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is taking a potentially historic look at same-sex marriage by agreeing to hear two cases that challenge governments’ different treatment of gay Americans.

The focus in one case is California’s constitutional amendment that forbids same-sex marriage. The other case deals with a federal law that denies to those who can marry legally the right to obtain federal benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples.

Supreme Court cases often take twists and turns that limit the scope of the eventual decision. But the justices’ action on Friday gives them the chance to say whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

The court is embarked on what could be its most significant term involving civil rights in decades. In the area of racial discrimination, the justices already have agreed to decide cases on affirmative action in admission to college and a key part of the Voting Rights Act. The gay marriage cases probably will be argued in March and decisions in all the court’s cases are likely by the end of June.

MORE: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/free/20121208gay-marriage-supreme-court-california.html

United States Supreme Court building.

At long last … The rainbow officially reaches the White House
“The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice”  Martin Luther King Jr.
Further: by Arthur Howe

"Dr. King once said that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. It bends towards justice, but here is the thing: it does not bend on its own. It bends because each of us in our own ways put our hand on that arc and we bend it in the direction of justice….”
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At long last … The rainbow officially reaches the White House
“The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice”  Martin Luther King Jr.
Further: by Arthur Howe

"Dr. King once said that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. It bends towards justice, but here is the thing: it does not bend on its own. It bends because each of us in our own ways put our hand on that arc and we bend it in the direction of justice….”
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At long last … The rainbow officially reaches the White House

“The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice”  Martin Luther King Jr.

Further: by Arthur Howe

"Dr. King once said that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. It bends towards justice, but here is the thing: it does not bend on its own. It bends because each of us in our own ways put our hand on that arc and we bend it in the direction of justice….”

 

TWO SPIRITS, the documentary directed by Lydia Nibley and produced by Say Yes Quickly Productions, will have its world premiere on Saturday, November 21 at the Starz Denver Film Festival. 

Two Spirits and the Fred Martinez Project have received the Monette-Horwitz Distinguished Achievement Award for outstanding activism, research, and scholarship to combat homophobia. And the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in Washington has joined more than fifty national organizations as an outreach partner. 

The documentary film interweaves the tragic story of a mothers loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen by a young man who bragged to friends that he had bug-smashed a fag. TWO SPIRITS explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl and the essentially spiritual nature of gender and sexuality. The film makes the case that in the twenty-first century we need to return to traditional values.

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Activists of the transsexual, gay and lesbian community participate in a protest  demanding for the right to choose a name according to their gender along a  street in San Salvador on November 15, 2010. The slogans on the T-shirts read,  “I choose to be called… Lucero/Pamela”. (Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Activists of the transsexual, gay and lesbian community participate in a protest demanding for the right to choose a name according to their gender along a street in San Salvador on November 15, 2010. The slogans on the T-shirts read, “I choose to be called… Lucero/Pamela”. (Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)