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  • U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Defense Of Marriage Act in win for gays

    June 26, 2013 | 7:27 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights movement.

    The ruling, on a 5-4 vote, means that legally married gay men and women are...

  • Ruling on campus hate

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 22, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    Over the past decade, as anti-Israel demonstrations have become a regular occurrence on many U.S. college campuses, Jewish nonprofits and individuals have turned to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for relief, and with some success. They convinced the DOE’s Office for Civil...

  • Civility replaces violence in ‘Last White Night’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 22, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    In June 1965, during the most violent days of the civil rights movement, 21-year-old Paul Saltzman drove from Toronto to Mississippi to become a freedom fighter with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

    Just a year before, Klansmen from Neshoba County, Miss., had...

  • Mamie Currie Hughes and Today’s Civil Rights Struggle

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 14, 2013 | 8:41 pm

    I am a hero junkie. I look to meet heroes to learn about what they have done and what makes them tick. I am very blessed when they accept my invitation to become activist partners and soul-friends. This morning, I had coffee with my new friend Mamie Currie Hughes, an 83-year-old...

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  • Window into our minds?

    David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    February 14, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    Having been in the civil rights field for several decades, we have read and been offered numerous explanations for the inequality that exists in America. From it being the product of overt racist beliefs on the part of bigots, to socio-economic explanations to historic discussions...

  • Jan 19–25, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    January 16, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    SAT JAN 19

    YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE

    Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron leads “Mystical Music and Dance of the Middle East.” Uniting Arabic, Jewish and Christian performers, the concert, part of the World City series at downtown’s Music Center, features songs of Sufi origin from Turkey,...

  • Step up for civil rights treaty for people with disabilities

    June 25, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    Several important Jewish organizations are standing behind a critical international treaty to support civil rights, dignity and hope for people with disabilities. However, grass-roots help is urgently needed to get it approved by the U.S. Senate before the political season overtakes...

  • Opinion: If Dr. King had lived

    January 10, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s relationship with the Jewish community is well known. Jewish leaders and rabbis filled the ranks of King’s closest advisors, collaborators, and confidantes. King’s tenure as leader of the Civil Rights movement was marked as the heyday of black-Jewish...

  • Journey to freedom: Reflecting on the King memorial

    August 31, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    Time affirms what heroism discerns. The dedication of a statue in memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is a belated yet significant tribute to a man who did so much to redefine the meaning of our democracy.

    Make no mistake about it, there was a civil rights movement in the...

  • The Ninth Circuit Court issues a rare smack-down to a civil rights group

    March 11, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    Have the courts that have often been tolerant of questionable claims of racial discrimination finally begun to run out of patience?

    This may be the case.  Recently the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals raised eyebrows by issuing a stinging rebuke to civil rights lawyers who...

  • Jewish student suing UC Berkeley for civil rights infringement

    March 7, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    A student has brought a federal civil rights lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley, saying the university did not protect her from being attacked because she is Jewish.

    Lawyers for Jessica Felber, 20, say the case, filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., on...

  • Proposition 8 and ‘the will of the people’—an historical perspective

    November 26, 2008 | 7:05 pm

    Californians are acutely aware that to many political observers, our initiative and referendum process remains a mystery at best and a menace to democracy at worst.

    Take the hard-fought battle over a proposed discriminatory amendment to our state Constitution. It has been called the...

  • Where’s the struggle?

    By David Suissa

    November 20, 2008 | 2:07 am

    I feel cheated. I've always been told that Judaism is all about the struggle -- the struggle with God, with ourselves, with ideas.

    I've been told that Judaism embraces the tension between opposing views; that a key part of being Jewish is the ability to hold onto, even nurture, this...

  • It can’t happen here

    By Rob Eshman

    November 12, 2008 | 12:29 am

    A coalition of black and Mormon leaders have begun laying the groundwork for a 2012 California ballot initiative that would ban Jews from marrying Jews.

    Flush from the passage of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, the leaders say they want to extend the ban to...

  • Turning a page in the history books

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 5, 2008 | 1:07 am

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  • Religious “No!” to Proposition 8

    October 28, 2008 | 8:59 pm

    "My Christian friends say homosexuality is a sin. Isn't Judaism based on the same Old Testament bible?  How does our synagogue welcome homosexuals with acceptance and equality?"
     
    I was substituting for our rabbi in our 10th grade confirmation class.  Homosexuality is not a...
  • ANALYSIS: Obama worked hard to gain Jewish trust

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 27, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (JTA)—A major Republican tack against Barack Obama has a simple theme: By his friends you shall know him.

    For the McCain campaign, in recent weeks this has meant repeatedly linking the Democratic presidential nominee to William Ayers, the former member of the...

  • Ed Guthman leaves legacy of fighting injustice

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 25, 2008 | 2:13 am

    When Ed Guthman died Aug. 30 at the age of 89, the Los Angeles Jewish community lost one of its most distinguished members.

    He had been a Pulitzer Prize- winning reporter. As press secretary to Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, he braved danger in the South when the federal government...

  • Before King, it was Prinz

    By David Suissa

    September 3, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    A few months before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a short Jewish man stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke to a large group of Americans:
    "I speak to you as an American Jew. As Americans, we share the profound concern of millions of people about the...
  • It was 45 years ago today

    By The Web Guy

    August 28, 2008 | 2:20 pm

    It was 45 years ago today when Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C.

    I was a 16-year old kid from the suburbs who came to the steamy swamps of the District to join in the historic demonstration and hear what he had to say. I took the bus...

  • Gay rabbis getting married—and marrying

    By Amy Klein Religion Editor

    June 17, 2008 | 8:53 pm

    It's almost 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, and the line at the West Hollywood Park snakes around itself, as some 400 people wait to obtain marriage licenses on this first official day that the State of California is issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples (aside from one wedding on...
  • Battle for gay marriage rights gains Jewish support

    By Julie G Fax

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    For years, Robin Tyler has been trying to wed her partner, Diane Olson. Every Valentine's Day they show up at the courthouse with a wedding cake and their attorney, Gloria Allred, only to be denied a marriage license. Last month, Tyler sat in the plaintiff's chair in a case before...
  • Briefs: Three plead guilty in SoCal terror plot; Report says UCI acted properly

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Three Plead Guilty in Terror Plot

    Three members of an Islamic terrorist cell who were on the verge of attacking the Israeli consulate, an El Al ticket counter and two synagogues, face up to 20 to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to conspiring to levy war...

  • P. F. Sloan:  does he still believe we’re on the ‘Eve of Destruction’?

    By Steven Rosen

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Eve of Destruction," the famous folk-rock protest hit from 1965, isn't usually regarded as a specifically Jewish song. Or even a religious one, for that matter.
     
    It's a litany of anguished complaints about the problems of the temporal world of the time -- civil rights marchers...
  • Fight Against Campus Bias Gets Boost

    By Morton A. Klein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you're a Jewish college student, you no longer have to tolerate anti-Semitism or Israel-bashing on your campus. You are protected under our federal civil rights laws. These were the landmark conclusions of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent federal agency that...

  • Shlomo’s World

    By Howard Blume

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shlomo Wollins begins his narration well before we reach Hebron, a city on the very fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His tour, by car and by foot, on this late January day is an entry into a worldview of The Chosen and The Other, in which Jews, God's Good Guys, are the...

  • We Mourn ‘First Lady’ of Civil Rights

    By Rabbi Marc Schneier

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish community mourns the passing of the first lady of the civil rights movement.

    Coretta Scott King understood that a people who fight for their own rights are only as honorable as when they fight for the rights of all people. In this spirit, she championed the legacy of her...

  • Libby, Judaism and the Leak Probe

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Joshua Muravchik, perhaps the pre-eminent expert on the interventionist foreign policy that has become known as neo-conservatism, was looking for non-Jewish neo-cons to prove that the movement isn't pervasively Jewish, he naturally included Lewis Libby.

    "Non-Jews figuring...

  • Jews Try to Sell Withdrawal Plan to Jews

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The hardest sell for American Jewish groups signed on to promote Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip might be other Jews.

    Many of the major Jewish religious streams, lobbying groups and civil rights groups are encouraging the Bush administration, lawmakers and...

  • Civil Rights Goes Beyond Ethnic Lines

    By Marc Ballon

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the nation's largest and oldest Mexican American civil rights group selected a new leader recently, the committee that recruited her included the organization's chairman, a man who is neither a Mexican American nor an immigrant. Meet Joe Stern.

    For Stern, the immigrant...

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