Civil rights

An image from a YouTube video by the SF Public Defender's Office shows San Francisco undercover police officers headed to a unit in the Henry Hotel. (SF Public Defender/YouTube)

Feds Indict SF Police Officers Accused Of Stealing From Suspects, Denying Civil Rights

Five San Francisco police officers and one former officer have been indicted on charges of civil rights violations related to alleged illegal searches and theft of property seized from people arrested, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

02/27/2014

Freedom Train Riders

Slow Ticket Sales Spell Trouble For MLK Day Freedom Train

The organizers of the Bay Area’s annual Freedom Train event to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are hoping to keep the dream alive as tickets sales trickle in for Monday’s annual trip from San Jose to San Francisco.

01/17/2014

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King,Jr. (C) waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington, DC during the "March on Washington." (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

2 Bay Area Ministers Recall Historic March On Washington

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, two high-profile San Francisco ministers recounted their experiences from the civil rights march and rally in Washington, D.C.

08/28/2013

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High Court Strikes Down Part Of Voting Rights Act; CA Elections Chief Dismayed

A deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday halted enforcement of the federal government’s most potent tool to stop voting discrimination over the past half century, saying it does not reflect racial progress.

06/25/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Proponents, SF City Attorney Prepare Supreme Court Arguments

Supporters of California’s ban on same-sex marriage have filed their first briefs with U.S. Supreme Court ahead of the hearing on Proposition 8 set for March.

01/23/2013

An Oakland Police patrol car. (CBS)

Lawyer Satisfied With Oakland Police Oversight Deal

James Chanin said he and co-counsel John Burris sought to have an outside person oversee the Oakland Police Department because, “We got tired of waiting.”

12/06/2012

An Oakland Police patrol car. (CBS)

Oakland Police Reach Deal To Avoid Federal Takeover

Civil rights lawyers who had sought a federal takeover of the Oakland Police Department reached a settlement with the city Wednesday that calls for a compliance director, not a receiver, to oversee the department.

12/05/2012

(Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Republicans Finally Admitting To Voter Suppression Efforts

It is not news when Republicans try to block access to the ballot box for poor, minority and elderly voters. What is unusual is that Republicans are admitting it.

11/27/2012

Jeremiah Wright (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Opinion: Obama’s Biggest Failure Has Been On Race Relations

Unfortunately, political poll after political poll reveals that the presidential election of 2012 has much to do – in fact, more to do – with the race of the presidential candidate than most anything else.

11/05/2012

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Opinion: Obama’s Talk Of A War on Women Contradicted By The Elevation Of Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is a glowing example of the heights women are reaching in the United States in recent times. She contradicts the notion thrust forth by President Obama and his political party that there is an alleged-“War on Women”.

10/24/2012

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