Civil Rights

NWPR Books
5:33 am
Sun August 25, 2013

The Books That Bring The Civil Rights Movement To Life

One of the must-read books about the civil rights movement is The Story of Ruby Bridges, about one of the first black children to integrate a New Orleans school in 1960.
AP

If you've been browsing bookstores this summer, you'll probably notice there are, in some places, whole tables devoted to books about the civil rights movement. The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington has focused national attention on movement history and most everything related to it.

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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Wed August 14, 2013

'March' Sheds New Light On A Civil Rights Hero

Courtesy Top Shelf Productions

While the cynics among us might argue that America's high ideals and lofty rhetoric rarely transcend their inscriptions on stone, few would disagree that the 1963 March on Washington was one of the nation's finest hours. It was a transformational moment, and a portent for future blows to segregation and injustice.

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NWPR Books
8:42 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Motown, Vietnam, The Civil Rights Movement And One Iconic Song

Mark Kurlansky is the author of Cod, Salt and The Food of a Younger Land. He lives in New York City.
Sylvia Plachy Courtesy of Doubleday

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:13 pm

Can a rhythm and blues song change the world? That's the question at the heart of veteran author Mark Kurlansky's new book, Ready for a Brand New Beat, a chronicle of the spectacular success of Motown hit "Dancing in the Street."

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Civil Rights
7:03 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Coeur d'Alene Makes Waves With Gay, Lesbian Ordinance

The reaction is split in Coeur d’Alene after the city council passed an ordinance banning gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday night.

Paige Browning reports.


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Same-Sex Marriage
6:34 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Oregon Gathers Signature For Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:41 pm

Gay rights supporters in Oregon have begun the early work to put same-sex marriage on the 2014 ballot. Their petition was filed with the Secretary of State on Monday.

Now, 1,000 signatures are needed to initiate the ballot title process. Among the first to sign the petition Thursday were Governor John Kitzhaber and former Governor Barbara Roberts.

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White Supremacy Movement
5:11 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Failed Compound Illustrates Disarray In White Supremacy Movement

Shaun Patrick Winkler, south of Priest River, Idaho, proclaims himself the grand wizard of his local klavrn of the Ku Klux Klan.
Copyright 2012 Matt McKnight

There’s a new effort to build a white supremacist compound in the Northwest. The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported that a man in remote north Idaho has been developing property to revive the Neo-Nazi presence there.

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Gay Marriage
6:33 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Washington Catholics Take On Referendum 74

This fall, people in Washington state will likely vote on a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage. Backers of Referendum 74 plan to turn in signatures by Wednesday to put the issue on the ballot. One of the biggest proponents of the repeal is the Catholic archdiocese of Seattle. It wants all of its parishes to actively campaign against same-sex marriage. But some Catholics are feeling caught in the middle, as Liz Jones reports.

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Gay Marriage
6:50 am
Mon June 4, 2012

For Some Black Baptists, Evolving Views On Gay Marriage

This week, same-sex marriage opponents in Washington state plan to turn in signatures for Referendum 74. The measure seeks to rollback the state’s recent legalization of gay marriage.

Conservative churches are a key base for the Referendum campaign, including many African American churches. Numerous polls show black voters, compared to whites, are more opposed to gay marriage.

Now, some wonder how these voters’ views might shift given President Obama’s support for marriage equality.

In the first of our two-part series about same-sex marriage and the church, Liz Jones visits two Baptist churches in the Puget Sound area.

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Border Patrol Translators
6:32 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Forest Service Ordered To Stop Using Border Patrol As Interpreters

The U.S. Forest Service can no longer use Border Patrol agents as interpreters. That’s according to an order from the federal agriculture department that was made public this week.

The issue stems from a case on the Olympic Peninsula near Forks last year. A Latino man and woman were picking salal … that’s shrub used in floral arrangements.

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Seattle Obama Address
6:18 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Obama Reaffirms Gay Rights Stance At Seattle Fundraiser

President Obama made a quick fundraising trip through Seattle Thursday. The trip included his first appearances since announcing his support for gay marriage. Democrats at the fundraiser were quick to show their appreciation. But they also predicted that his stance will energize his opponents as well as his supporters. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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